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Sisters of Charity Foundation & Macquarie Group Scholarship


$7,500-$10,000 per year for duration of degree (scholarship is valued at $30,000 over the duration of the scholarship)


New and continuing students


Any undergraduate degree at Western Sydney University


Applicants must:

  • be Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • receive an offer to study or be currently enrolled full-time in any Western Sydney University undergraduate degree
  • be female
  • demonstrate financial hardship based on the opportunity and equity criteria (opens in a new window), as defined by the University

Preference may be given to applicants who have been or are currently in out-of-home care (statutory OR supported) as defined by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services.

Sisters of Charity Foundation

Since arriving in Australia in 1838 the Sisters of Charity have been devoted to helping the poor and marginalised. Impelled by the love of Christ, the Sisters of Charity began their ministry in Australia by assisting the convict women in the Female Factory at Parramatta.  From these humble beginnings, the Sisters of Charity have continued to answer the call to ministry in hospitals, schools, prisons and social welfare activities in the broader community.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation was established in 2000 to continue in perpetuity the social justice works of the Sisters of Charity Congregation. The Foundation strives to honour that mission by financially supporting local community projects that alleviate the effects of poverty and social isolation.

The Foundation is also committed to breaking the cycle of poverty for young people who have had a traumatic start in life, by empowering students with a foster/kinship care experience to gain a tertiary education. The Foundation has provided a scholarship to Western Sydney University to help a student make the most of their time at University. The scholarship is designed to assist a student with essential study materials and living expenses.

Applications and Selection Process

Applicants must 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 a sufficient explanation of the applicant's background and current circumstances to enable the University to judge their eligibility and merit.