Are you intrigued by technology and how it can change the world for the better? Westpac Young Technologists Scholarships are designed specifically for high school graduates who are passionate about technology and eager to explore its potential for good. We’re looking for curious young minds, open to new ideas and untapped opportunities. If this sounds like you, let’s make it happen.
“The Scholarship helped give me the skills, confidence and resources to take advantage of new digital opportunities to create social change.” – 2016 Westpac Young Technologists Scholar, Amy Marks.
The Scholarship in a nutshell.
For starters, there’s funding. You could get $5,000 per year over three years to really inspire your thinking. But that’s just the start. We’ll help you develop into a stronger leader through the Disruptive Leaders Program, which includes five days in Asia as part of an international learning experience. You will also have access to paid internships and inspiring mentors. Best of all, you’ll become a lifelong member of the Westpac 100 Scholars Network; an inclusive group of some of the brightest young minds in Australia.
Ready to be part of the innovation nation?
You’re about to embark on an exciting experience at university – imagine where you could take this with the chance to learn from industry leaders within Westpac Group and beyond. We’ll introduce you to some of the most innovative minds to inspire your thinking, push you further, and give you new insights into your specialist field.
We’ve already done the networking for you.
As a Westpac Young Technologist, you’ll become part of the Westpac 100 Scholars Network. Lifelong membership to this network gives you access to one of Australia’s most diverse meetings of like-minds. Drawing on the Scholars’ strong sense of purpose and desire to collaborate, the network is designed to be inspiring, influential and a life-long learning experience.
What does it take to be a Young Technologists Scholar?
A passion for technology and relentless curiosity – you are eager to explore how it can change the world for the better. We’ll also need to see your determination and desire to connect with others too – as well as the big ideas you have. So if you’re someone who never stops asking ‘what if?’, we should talk.
“The stand-out difference between the Westpac Scholarship to all other scholarships out there is the opportunities that are available to you. Not only are we incredibly privileged to receive money to support our studies, we are part of the W100 Scholars Network, which has a strong sense of community and offers immense support to each and every person.”
Applications open: 1 June, 2020
Applications close: 2021 application close dates are determined by partnering universities. Visit their individual websites below to find out more.
University shortlisting: November – January 2021 (dates will vary depending on the university).
Selection Panel: December – January 2021 (dates will vary depending on the university).
To apply students must have completed the appropriate level of education to gain university entrance within the last two years. Students must enrol in an approved technology-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 technology degree.
Who can apply?
Open to students who have:
- A passion for technology.
- Interest in enhancing Australia's future technology landscape.
- Focus on personal growth and development.
- Commitment to be an active Westpac Scholar Alumni member.
- Diverse skills and experience.
- Academic excellence, with a minimum credit average for the duration of the degree.
Applicants must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident under 26 years of age. Students must have completed the appropriate education certificate to gain university entrance. Please refer to your preferred university’s terms and conditions.
“I want to be an advocate for diversity, by breaking down the stereotypes that impact gender participation, and encourage more women to enter the IT field”
Applications for 2021 scholarships open from 1 June 2020. Please visit our university partner websites for more information, as dates do vary.
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