What is the Young Technologists Scholarship?

 

Video of Westpac Young Technologist Scholar, Kanu Agarwal

The Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship was made for talented and inquisitive high school graduates looking to strengthen their passion and expertise in technology to innovate and create new opportunities and inspire good in the world of STEM.

 

Our Young Technologists Scholars get up to three years of financial support for their studies, networking opportunities, mentoring programs and paid internships with senior business leaders and industry-based experts as well as the chance to develop critical soft skills through the Disruptive Leaders Program. The program includes five days in Asia as part of an international learning experience to broaden minds and inspire new ways of thinking.  

 

Scholars must be intending to commence a STEM related degree at one of our five partner universities across Australia, though you do not need to have received a formal offer at the time of your application.

Here’s what you’ll get 

Up to 35 Young Technologists scholarships are awarded every year across our five partner universities (approximately 7 scholars per university). Should you be chosen, you’ll get access to:
 
 

Generous funding

Receive up to $20,000 in fully flexible funding for your undergraduate studies to put toward your course, degree materials or living expenses. This funding comprises of $15,000 awarded directly to the scholar over three years plus an additional $5,000 to cover the cost of attending our Disruptive Leaders Program.

Leadership development

Join our Disruptive Leaders Program, a week-long leadership residential held in Singapore. You’ll meet renowned tech experts from around the world while developing important soft skills in communication, cultural competence and leadership. 

W100 Scholars Network

Connect with an inspiring network of like-minded game-changers and achievers across all five of our Westpac scholarship streams and attend exclusive events like the Westpac Scholars Summit held in Sydney. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in mentoring programs as part of the W100 Network.

Become a Young Technologists Scholar

Applications are now closed for 2024

Ready to take your tertiary studies to the next level? Register your interest and we'll be in touch.

 

2023 QUT Westpac Young Technologist Scholars

Key dates

2024 applications open

Monday 4 September 2023

Online Information Session 

4:30pm AEST, Thursday 28 September 2023. 

2024 applications close

5:00pm AEDT, Monday 15 January 2024

Notification of outcome

February 2024

Scholars Summit

25-26 March 2024

Eligibility requirements and FAQs

Who can apply?

We’re looking for the best and brightest minds who have decided a STEM-focused future is right for them. Your interest in technology matches your drive to improve the communities around you. We want to help you realise this potential. To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

 

  1. Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Have completed high school within the last two years.
  3. Have chosen to commence an approved STEM-related degree next year at one of our five partner universities. Please note: at the time of applying you do not need a formal offer to your course of choice.
  4. Be able to attend the Disruptive Leaders Program in Singapore (July 2025). Please note: travel and accommodation expenses related to this event are covered by Westpac Scholars Trust.
  5. Be able to attend the 2024 Westpac Scholars Summit in Sydney. Please note: travel and accommodation expenses related to this event are covered by Westpac Scholars Trust.

How you’ll be selected

Your application will be assessed by your chosen university and top candidates will be shortlisted. Candidates will then be invited to attend an interview to determine their selection. The interview panel will be made up of a combination of Westpac Scholars Trust and university staff.   

Our partner universities

The Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship is offered at the following universities:

 

  • Murdoch University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • RMIT
  • Western Sydney University
  • University of Wollongong.

Students must enrol in an approved STEM-related degree at one of five partner universities. Applicants may enrol in a dual or double degree; however, this must occur from the point of application and include a STEM degree.

Lucas Ferreira, Westpac Scholar

“The opportunities provided to me as a Westpac Scholar have been pivotal to my development and have helped shape my future ambitions. Events like the Westpac Scholars Summit in Sydney have provided amazing opportunities to network with like-minded individuals and industry connections which has led me to better understand the positive impact technology can have on the world.”

 

Lucas Ferreira

2021 Westpac Scholar

Meet some of our Young Technologists Scholars

Amy Thompson, Westpac Scholar

Amy Thompson

Young Technologists Scholar  |  2018
RMIT
Scholar profile

Heath Manning, Westpac Scholar

Heath Manning

Young Technologists Scholar  |  2021
RMIT
Scholar profile

 

Elisa Chiremba, Westpac Scholar

Elisa Chiremba

Young Technologists Scholar  |  2021
Murdoch University
Scholar profile