The Frank Wilson Scholarships


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About the Program


The McCusker Centre for Citizenship will be offering scholarships in Semester 2, 2017. The late Lady Frankie Treatt bequeathed funds to UWA in memory of her grandfather, Frank Wilson, former Premier of Western Australia.

Through this bequest, the McCusker Centre for Citizenship has established The Frank Wilson Scholarships.

These will provide students who show a strong sense of community involvement and responsibility at a local, state, national or international level, with an opportunity to undertake a project that will enhance active citizenship.

The scholarships will award students up to $5,000 and will be available this year.

What type of projects will be considered?

Proposed projects should support the McCusker Centre for Citizenship’s vision of fostering caring, connected and socially engaged citizens who actively contribute to the wellbeing of their communities. Suitable projects will:

  • Meet a community need
  • Develop or enhance connections within or between communities
  • Be delivered within 12 months of the grant being awarded

Example Projects

  1. Student A would like to develop an app for people with disabilities
  2. Student B is researching gender issues and family violence and would like to develop community resources for women experiencing family violence
  3. Student C would like to write a paper for a conference concerned with a social issue (s)
  4. Student D would like to organise a conference or seminar series on a topic that enhances active citizenship

How to Apply


The online application process will open on 2 October and close on 6 November. Check the website and Facebook page for regular updates.

Information Session - Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 1-3pm, Love House

It is strongly recommended that you attend an information session from 1-3pm on Tuesday 24 October 2017. This will provide you with helpful assistance to enable you to make your application.

Download the full application guidelines here. Complete the application here.

Students will need to meet the criteria as set out in the Scholarship conditions.

As part of the application process, you must submit a:

You can download the full Frank Wilson Scholarship Community Involvement Matrix, with further details about the different projects considered, here.

Sarah McCauley
Current UWA Student
Intern at Southcare

"The McCusker Centre for Citizenship provided an opportunity to explore unchartered territory and experience firsthand the inspiring work, people, and mission of the community and not-for-profit sector. I would recommend this opportunity to any UWA student. You might find a new passion or direction for your future career. I know I did."

Ross Wortham
Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia

“Our organisation and others have been blown away by the quality and professionalism of the interns and we benefit from the different viewpoints they bring. I'm now very excited by the collective impact that potentially hundreds of these interns will have on the community service sector over the coming years, helping to build real generational change.”

Rebecca Ball
Executive Director
Office of Multicultural Interests

"There’s a great need for young people to contribute to internships like these. They bring contemporary thinking, they reflect the views of not only their own personal views but the views of their peers and that’s very important... to be embedding that type of thinking ..."