Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Young Technologist Scholarships

Do you have a head full of ideas about how to energise the Australian technological and digital landscape – but don’t have the finances to undertake the study you need?

One of three Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Young Technologist Scholarships could be yours.

Value and duration


Cash payment of $5,000 per year 

Additional benefits include attending the Annual Scholarship Summit in Sydney, opportunities for informal networking events, seminars, peer mentoring and may include an International Study Tour.


Up to 4 years for single degree students and up to 5 years for students in a double degree.

Important dates

Opening date29 August 2017
Closing date31 January 2018 at 5 pm


All Deakin University scholarships have eligibility criteria.

Prospective candidates should ensure they meet all criteria before submitting their application.

To be eligible you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • be a commencing first year student enrolling for the first time at Deakin University in T1 2018
  • have completed VCE or equivalent within the last two years
  • be enrolling in one of the following degrees:
    • Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Information Systems
    • Bachelor of Computer Science
    • Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Cyber Security
    • Bachelor of Cyber Security
    • Bachelor of Information Systems
    • Bachelor of Information Systems/ Bachelor of Information Technology
    • Bachelor of Information Technology
    • Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours)
  • be enrolled full time in a Commonwealth-supported place
  • display an interest in enhancing Australia's technology or digital landscape.

Special conditions

If you're successful in your application for this scholarship, there are a few conditions you’ll need to meet once it’s been awarded. You'll need to:

  • maintain a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65 for the duration of the scholarship
  • provide a yearly impact statement for the duration of the scholarship
  • authorise Deakin University to release academic results to the Westpac Bicentennial Fund
  • be an active Westpac Alumni member, which includes a commitment for at least the first twelve months after the scholarship to share experiences, attend Alumni events and promote the scholarship within Deakin University
  • complete a report or story including photos of experiences to promote the program to stakeholder groups, including student material, annual reports, marketing etc.
  • consent to being publicly acknowledged
  • not defer the scholarship
  • not hold another similar scholarship at the same time
  • complete the study load in the agreed time and maintain the WAM or your scholarship may be revoked
  • attend the annual summit in Sydney

How to apply

Apply direct to Deakin

You can apply for this scholarship directly through our Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.

Applicants may be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process.

Visit our applicant portal and apply

How to write a successful application:

Applying for a scholarship isn't just about meeting the eligibility criteria. 

It's a good idea to think about why you want a scholarship, it’s your opportunity to stand out from the crowd and be recognised for where you’ve come from and where you need to go.

Read our 5 top tips on applying for a scholarship

Finding out if you're successful

Your application will be assessed and ranked based on the details you provide and your supporting documentation. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to talk with a representative of Westpac to further discuss their application.

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Supporting documentation

When you apply for this scholarship, you'll need to provide:

  • an outline of interest and involvement in technology and/or the digital landscape
  • a copy of your academic records or projected ATAR marks as verified by your high school
  • a one-page outline of how the scholarship will assist you in your career ambitions.

You might also like to use video or images to express your creativity in your application. 

Note: To submit supporting documentation when you apply through Deakin's applicant portal, please select the document type 'referee or other related statements' to upload your supporting document.

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