Westpac Scholars Trust

Empowering a new generation of leaders to transform the future of Australia

We’re committed to transforming the future of Australia by investing in a new generation of leaders with the passion and drive to bring big ideas to life. That’s why each year we fund 100 scholarships valued at over $4million for university students, researchers and social entrepreneurs with a genuine desire to reach their full potential and create a more sustainable, innovative, inclusive or globally connected Australia.


With financial support ranging from $12,700 - $400,000+ across five unique scholarships offerings, our programs empower scholars to invest the time and energy into what matters most, their studies, research and leadership development.


But we're not just a regular scholarship program. Beyond funding, our programs also offer unique leadership development opportunities, global experiences, networking and mentoring, all of which are vital in preparing scholars for successful and meaningful careers and to step up to lead Australia into a better future. 

Why Westpac Scholars Trust?

We back Australians who can make a difference

We’re on a mission to create a brighter future for all Australians. Join the movement and we’ll provide the financial backing, professional development and global experiences to help you accelerate your impact. 

Leadership development is at our core

Each of our scholarships offer a transformative leadership experience​ to propel you to the next level. Whether it be a weeklong residential, a leadership 360 review or an online workshop, you’re guaranteed to enhance critical soft skills that will help you to become an impactful leader.

Find your tribe with the W100 Network

The community we’re cultivating is like no other. The W100 Network is made up of scholars across all five of our programs, meaning it’s a diverse meeting of purpose-driven minds at all career stages. As part of the network, you’ll gain friends, allies, mentors and collaborators across every inch of Australia.

We’ll also help you connect with industry leaders and world-class experts by tapping into the networks of Westpac Group.

Extraordinary Together

Read our 2023 Impact Report to learn more about the progress of the Westpac Scholars Program to date as well as the big ideas and contributions our scholars are making to drive positive change in Australia.

Check out our 2023 Impact Report

Explore our scholarships

Are you ready to become a Westpac Scholar? See below to check out which exciting scholarship opportunities you could be eligible for.


Young Technologists

A scholarship for high school graduates looking to undertake tertiary studies in STEM and pursue a career in technology. 

Social Change Fellowship

A truly unique program for social entrepreneurs looking to invest in themselves as leaders to accelerate their impact. 

Future Leaders Scholarship

A scholarship for postgraduate coursework and research students that will support them to become leaders in their chosen field.

Research Fellowship

A postdoctoral fellowship that gives early career researchers the tools and opportunities to make their ground-breaking research shine. 

Asian Exchange

A scholarship for undergraduate students pursuing an exchange program in Asia who are keen to embrace new perspectives.