Walter & Eliza Hall Opportunity Scholarship

Scholarship Type:  Equity
Scholarship Group:  B


  • $10,000 per year for up to five years*
    *full-time, or part-time equivalent

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:



  • new and continuing student


  • any undergraduate degree


  • have a physical disability, demonstrated through formal diagnosis and ideally eligibility for a Disability Support Benefit,
  • be commencing study full-time or part-time in the first year of any undergraduate degree at Western Sydney University in a Commonwealth Supported Place,
  • demonstrate financial or other hardship and be in receipt of a Centrelink/Department of Human Services payment, which will be assessed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Walter & Eliza Hall Charitable Foundation

The Walter and Eliza Hall Charitable Foundation provides funding to support a number of health initiatives including medical research into the cause/cure of Multiple Sclerosis; major supporter of an indigenous ear health program operating in the Orana region of NSW; emergency relief program for those with physical and mental health issues and tertiary scholarships offered through 12 partnering universities. The Walter and Eliza Hall Trust Opportunity Scholarship for a Student with a Physical Disability aims to ensure that a student with a diagnosed physical disability and the absence of money does not stand in the way of that person's ability to achieve their maximum potential during their tertiary education. A student must have a level of severity of permanent physical disability/impairment which seriously impacts their ability to function.

Since its establishment by Eliza Hall in 1912 with a donation of £1,000,000, the Walter and Eliza Hall Trust has been helping Australians in need. During that time many tens of thousands of Australians and their families suffering the effects of poverty have been assisted in surviving a crisis. Many others have been helped to reach their full potential.

In response to the growing demand for assistance from families and individuals, the Trustees set up The Walter and Eliza Hall Supplementary Trust in 1986 and since then this supplementary trust has been, and continues to be, supported regularly by some generous benefactors, including The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and The Hudson-Lennox Fund.

The Walter and Eliza Hall Trust Opportunity Scholarships at Western Sydney University are funded through a generous bequest from the late Judy Lennox. She herself had a severe physical disability but her parents were determined to ensure she had access to education, the opportunity to travel and was able to obtain her driver's license to allow her to live as independently as possible. While she was well provided for, Judy understood that this was often not the case for people with a disability.

Applications and Selection Process

Applications are to be submitted through the Universities Admissions Centre. Shortlisted applicants, as determined by the UAC Equity Ranking, may be required to make a written submission in support of their application.

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

Continuing Eligibility Criteria

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