WESTPAC INSTITUTES A $100 MILLION EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM TO SUPPORT AUSTRALIA

WESTPAC INSTITUTES A $100 MILLION  EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM TO SUPPORT   AUSTRALIA

43As part of its approaching 200th Westpac has recently announced the launch of the single largest private education scholarship program in Australia’s history, the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation.anniversary year in 2017,The Westpac Group Chairman, Mr Lindsay Maxsted, Chief

Executive Officer, Mrs Gail Kelly, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Julie Bishop MP, have launched the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation earlier this month.

Mr Maxsted said “As we head towards the celebration ofour 200thenduring initiative that would reflect Westpac’s commitment to Australia and its continued prosperity. The Westpac Bicentennial Foundation is designed to support Australians who are shaping a better Australia, while also supporting and nurturing tomorrow’s leaders, and we are proud to be able to As part of its approaching 200th Westpac has recently announced the launch of the single largest private education scholarship program in Australia’s history, the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation.anniversary year in 2017, we wanted to create a substantial, Mrs Kelly emphasised the link between the new Foundation and Westpac’s long history of supporting communities.“We strongly believe that as a vital part of the Australian community, Westpac has a responsibility to play a role in ensuring we capitalise on every opportunity to help nurture future leaders. She added “The Westpac Bicentennial Foundation builds on our already strong commitment to contributing to ourcommunities. In 2013, our community contributions totalled $ 131 million. This is in addition to The Family of Giving, which encompasses our four existing charitable funds of Westpac Foundation, St George Foundation, Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund and BankSA & Staff Charitable Fund, which last year distributed more than $4.1 million in grants to support charities and social enterprises.

This announcement further builds on our community outreach and support, and will help build Australia’s future leadership capabilities.

“The new Foundation will ensure we continue to play our part in shaping Australia’s future and economic prosperity,” she said.

Scholarships and awards will be granted by the Foundation in partnership with Australian universities. Currently

planned scholarships and awards programs are:

• Future Leaders scholarships will be awarded to new or

recent graduates for post-graduate study at a prestigious

global institution. Nationally, around 17 scholarships will

be awarded each year. Recipients will come from a wide

range of disciplines, with preference given to Australia’s

relationship with Asia and Technology & Innovation.

• Best and Brightest program will provide awards to post-
doctoral researchers in Australia’s leading research

universities. Two recipients are expected to be selected

each year whose work could contribute to enhancing

Australia’s competitive position in technology and

innovation, or towards helping strengthen Australia’s ties

with Asian economies

• The Young Technologists program will offer 30 to 40 three-
year undergraduate scholarships each year, awarded for

merit, to encourage diversity (women are heavily under-
represented in technology disciplines) and to overcome

economic disadvantage.

• Asian Exchange scholarships will provide the opportunity for

Australian undergraduate students to spend a semester

at a leading Asian University, with a focus on increasing

the number of Asia-literate graduates in Australia. About

30 to 40 scholarships will be provided each year.

• The Community Leaders program will provide 10 awards

annually to community leaders to undertake a personal

educational opportunity that will have a direct value to

their community.

The programs will be developed progressively and are

expected to be fully operational by 2017. The one-off $100

million contribution will be reflected in Westpac’s Second

Half 2014 statutory results.

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