Westpac awards over $2 million to help 17 young Australians become future leaders

2018 Westpac Future Leaders Scholars

Westpac has awarded 17 exceptional young Australians with a Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship to undertake post-graduate study at one of Australia’s nine leading universities. 


Westpac has awarded 17 exceptional young Australians with a Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship to undertake post-graduate study at one of Australia’s nine leading universities.


Body Copy: The scholarships are valued at over $2 million, providing each individual up to $120,000 for research or coursework studies at a graduate level, including a nine month bespoke leadership development program and international experiences. 


Susan Bannigan, CEO of Westpac Bicentennial Foundation, said Westpac Future Leaders come from diverse fields and backgrounds with a common goal - to shape a better future for all Australians.


“From researching new molecules that are capable of killing cancer cells by attacking their DNA, to innovating digital intercultural education programs – the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship attracts an incredibly high calibre of talented and driven individuals.


“All the 2018 scholars are passionate about one or more of the Foundation’s focus areas - innovation and technology, enabling positive social change, and strengthening Australia’s ties with Asia –Westpac is proud to help realise their full leadership potential,” said Susan.   


Junior doctor and University of New South Wales student Shakif Shakur (pictured above) is one of the 2018 Westpac Future Leader Scholars. He is pursuing a Masters of Public Health/Masters of International Public Health with the aim of helping to improve the health outcomes of communities experiencing disadvantage.


“Being a migrant doctor, I hope to form relationships with research facilities overseas, perhaps paving the way for exchange of information between countries and increasing the skills of other doctors and health professionals.


“The Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship sets me on an exciting journey with an incredibly motivated group of individuals. A wealth of opportunities will open up as I network with individuals and industry leaders from a range of different disciplines – people that I would not otherwise have had a chance to meet.  I still have difficulty expressing how much this scholarship means to me.”


Shakif and the 16 other students will also gain lifelong membership to the Westpac 100 Scholars Network to join an incredible group of inspiring leaders. 


The Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship is offered in partnership with The University of Adelaide, The Australian National University, The University of Melbourne, Monash University, The University of Queensland, The University of Sydney, University of Tasmania, University of New South Wales and University of Western Australia. It is one of five scholarships offered through the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation, which awards 100 scholarships every year, forever.


2018 Westpac Future Leaders Scholars 

Australian National University 
Adam Mater


Monash University 
Erin Scott 
Karl Williamson


University of Adelaide 
Matilda Handsley-Davis 
Alexandra Hawthorn 
Kate Obst


University of Melbourne 
Katherine Aldred 
Maxim Mattvey


University of NSW 
Grace Constable 
Joseph Rowlands 
Shakif Shakur


University of Queensland 
Esmi Zajaczkowski


University of Sydney 
Marvin Law 
Ashley Vines


University of Tasmania 
Matilda Brown


University of Western Australia 
Ryan Bunney     
Sabrina Davies


Published 19 Feb 2018 

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