John R Marsden Memorial Scholarship for Indigenous Students

Scholarship Type:  Indigenous
Scholarship Group:  B


  • $5,000 per year for duration of degree

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

Confirmation of Identity:

  • identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and submit documentation declaring and confirming Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander identity.


  • new or continuing student


  • any undergraduate degree


  • be enrolled to study full-time in an undergraduate degree

John R Marsden Memorial

John Marsden had a passion for law, a love of life and a commitment to minority groups within our community and less privileged individuals and communities.

John was a product of south west Sydney. He was born and raised at Campbelltown, and on completion of his law degree at the University of Sydney, commenced practice in Campbelltown. That practice, now known as Marsdens Law Group, is the biggest and most successful in south west Sydney.

John was active in all areas of the community both locally within the State and nationally. His involvement ranged through the arts world, sporting world and human rights. As President of the Council for Civil Liberties he developed his commitment to the less privileged and those suffering discrimination and intolerance. In particular, he had a passion for the plight of our indigenous community and gay and lesbian men and women.

A gay man himself, John was proud of who he was. Yet, he recognised the discrimination that was rife throughout the community, particularly against gay and lesbian people and our indigenous brothers. On his death in 2006, a fund was established in John's name to assist in the education of young gay and lesbian people and young indigenous people.

Application and Selection Process

Applicants must provide a statement supporting their application indicating how they believe receiving the scholarship will assist them with their studies and future careers. This statement should give a sufficient explanation of the applicant's background and current circumstances to enable the University to judge their eligibility, need and merit.

Successful applicants will be selected based on their written application, academic potential, ability to meet the criteria, and, where appropriate, performance in an interview before a selection panel.

Further information and how to apply can be found on our Indigenous Scholarships page.

Continuing Eligibility Criteria

  • Recipients must remain enrolled at Western.
  • Recipients must maintain a minimum GPA of 4.0