Why I decided to apply for a Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship

Alex Wulff, Westpac Scholar, 2022 Future Leader Monash University

The Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship appealed to me for many reasons, but the most compelling was that it offered so much more than just the scholarship alone. Whilst being awarded any type of scholarship is an incredible achievement and a great honour, the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship, and the opportunities that it provides, make it like no other graduate scholarship in Australia. Becoming a Westpac Future Leaders Scholar means joining a supportive, diverse and inclusive community of passionate individuals who can provide each other with lasting support, guidance and inspiration throughout their careers. Having access to a multi-disciplinary group of professionals through the W100 Scholars Network who you can connect, work, and discuss issues and ideas with, offers huge potential for collaboration, innovation and growth.

As the recipient of a Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship, you also are given the opportunity to travel overseas for up to six months, allowing you to connect, network and collaborate with your international counterparts before you even complete your graduate studies. Additionally, having an international component to your degree enables you to make your research more globally relevant, and acquire new perspectives and insights into not only your field of interest, but also yourself and what you want to achieve in your life. Such invaluable experiences will increase your awareness of the opportunities and areas of innovation that are happening in your field and the people that are driving them, so that you too can become a part of that change or make your own.  

Last, but not least, the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship includes a nine-month Leadership Development Program which enables recipients to grow their leadership skills in a safe and supportive environment, whilst enhancing their understanding of themselves and how they relate to others. Good leadership skills are vital in any field. As such, to have the chance to participate in a bespoke leadership program that provides scholars with the skills necessary to advance their careers is incredibly beneficial. It was through reading about the scholarship and attending information sessions where past scholarship recipients talked so passionately about the impact that the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship had had on their lives, that I realised just how unique this scholarship is. It was for all these reasons and more that I decided to apply, and to date, it has proved to be one of the best decisions that I have made.

For more information, to nominate or apply for a Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship, visit the Westpac Scholars Trust website