Robert Hayes Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Type:  High Potential
Scholarship Group:  B


  • $5,000 per year for duration of degree*
    *full-time, or part-time equivalent

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:


  • Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident


  • continuing student


  • be enrolled full-time in their third or fourth year of the Bachelor of Laws
  • demonstrate a passion for and commitment to the Law.
  • demonstrate financial or other hardship, based on Opportunity and Equity criteria (opens in a new window) and also including students who are the first in their family to attend university. Mature age students are encouraged to apply

Robert Hayes Memorial Scholarship

During his lifetime Dr Hayes was dedicated to providing fairness and justice for the most vulnerable in society drawing from his own personal experiences to make a lasting impact. For over 40 years he was often the last line of defence for some of the most misunderstood, marginalised and forgotten members of our community.

One of the first law students in Australia to graduate with a PhD, Dr Hayes was also a committed teacher. In his final position, Associate Professor in the School of Law, Dr Robert Hayes was committed to providing the highest quality legal education to his students.

The Robert Hayes Memorial Scholarship is established in memory of Dr Robert Hayes who passed away in 2011. The vision of Elayne Hayes in honour of her late husband, the scholarship is supported by current and former students, colleagues and friends of Dr Hayes.

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, and performance in an interview before a selection panel.

Further information and how to apply can be found on our High Potential Scholarship page.

Continuing Eligibility Criteria

  • Recipients must remain enrolled at Western.
  • Recipients must maintain a minimum GPA of 4.