WeirAnderson Foundation Scholarship for Women


$3,750 for one semester


New or continuing students


Any undergraduate degree at Western Sydney University


Applicants must:

  • be a female currently enrolled or commencing study full-time in any year of an undergraduate degree at Western Sydney University
  • be living in Western Sydney (opens in a new window) as defined by the University
  • demonstrate financial hardship
  • have a minimum GPA of 5. New student applicants will be judged on ATAR results or previous work experience

Deanne Weir

Media entrepreneur, company director and philanthropist Deanne Weir has more than 20 years' experience in media and communications, having started her career as a corporate lawyer. Deanne chairs the boards of four private companies including Hoodlum, a BAFTA and Emmy award winning production company, and Ai-Media, a global innovator in speech-to-text services for broadcast and education.  Deanne is the Chair of the Australian Women Donors Network and is a member of the boards of the Sydney Film Festival and Playwriting Australia.

The WeirAnderson Foundation supports projects that will improve the lives of women and girls and promote gender equality. We believe in the power of helping women and girls to help themselves, and what better way to do this than by supporting women to gain degrees from Western Sydney University. Increased female employment in the developed world has been the main drive of economic growth in the past couple of decades, contributing more to global (GDP) growth than new technology, or the rise of India or China. Ensuring women can achieve their desired level of education will do more than improve our economy; it will lead to a more equal and just society. The WeirAnderson Foundation wants to support the great work of one of Australia's most dynamic universities by supporting women from the region of Western Sydney who want to develop themselves and make a real difference in their own communities.

Applications and Selection Process

Applicants must provide a statement in support of their application indicating how they believe the receipt of 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, need and merit.

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

Applications for this scholarship are now closed.