Schembri Law Scholarship


$7,500 per year for duration of degree (to a maximum of five years)


New and continuing students



Applicants must:

  • be commencing study or currently enrolled full-time in the Bachelor of Laws at Western Sydney University
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or have received a permanent humanitarian visa
  • demonstrate financial or other hardship, based on Opportunity and Equity criteria
  • demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a career in law
  • complete the appropriate Application Form and submit by the closing date.
  • provide a statement in support of their application indicating how they believe the scholarship will assist them with their studies and in their future career. This statement should give sufficient explanation of the applicant's background and current circumstances to enable the University to judge their eligibility and merit.

Schembri Law

Establishing the Schembri Family Scholarship is particularly meaningful for John and Karen Schembri. "I grew up in Western Sydney in an environment which, although low income, regarded education as paramount," says John.

Partner, Head of Banking & Infrastructure at Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers, John is a passionate advocate for education in Western Sydney. As a member of Western Sydney University's Foundation Council, he and wife Karen are yet another example of Council members leading by example in their generous giving.

John continues, "I studied law and my career as a lawyer has been very rewarding, both for myself and for my family. We now want to provide that same opportunity to a student with the same drive and hunger."

Western Sydney University is grateful to John and Karen who are establishing their scholarship to go to a Western Sydney University Law student from a disadvantaged background. With in-excess of 30% of Western students coming from a low socio-economic background, this support and that of all donor funded scholarships is much needed.

Application and Selection Process

Successful applicants will be selected based on their application, an interview, academic potential (based on GPA, ATAR or previous work experience), and their ability to meet the criteria.

The recipient must remain enrolled full-time or part-time in the required course (that is, not less than 20 credit points per semester).

The recipient is expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress by passing all subject attempts and maintaining a Pass average (GPA 4.0 or greater) for the duration of the scholarship.

If any of the specified conditions are not met, the recipient status and continuation of the scholarship will be assessed and determined by the University in consultation with the donor.