As a testament to his commitment to diversity, Bartier Perry Lawyers has been offering female students at Western Sydney University the Bartier Perry WSU Scholarship for Women.
In order to be eligible for the scholarship, there are a number of criteria that must be met. Applicants must meet the following:
- study a Bachelor of Business or Commerce with a Bachelor of Laws
- able to demonstrate leadership skills and commitment to a career in law
- an Australian citizen
Applications will be reviewed in detail, shortlisted and the winner selected by representatives from Western Sydney University and Bartier Perry’s People & Culture team. Selecting a winner is always a difficult process with so many outstanding students applying.
Scholarship recipients receive financial support, mentorship, and other opportunities within the company. Lucinda Borg, who first received a grant in 2015, is now a lawyer in the firm’s Corporate & Commercial team. Maja Podinic, who received the grant in 2017, is also a lawyer in the firm’s Environment & Planning team.
To learn more about the scholarship and its many positive effects on students, watch the company’s informative video.
Building on the program and recognizing the under-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the legal profession, Bartier Perry partnered with Western Sydney University for the first time this year to create the Bartier Perry Indigenous Leadership Scholarship.
To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:
- identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
- be a new or ongoing WSU student
- study a bachelor’s degree at the School of Business or the School of Law
Commenting on the impact of this scholarship, Western Sydney University Deputy Vice Chancellor (Indigenous Leadership) Professor Michelle Trudgett said:
“Indigenous scholarships are life-changing and we thank Bartier Perry for the leadership you show in the legal profession through the Bartier Perry Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship at Western.
“With the support of donors like you, scholarships give students with the most potential access to quality tertiary education regardless of their circumstances. They also encourage the most talented students to make Western Sydney University their preferred university,” she said.
“The rewards of a scholarship extend well beyond a student’s time in college. As graduates embark on their professional careers, they will contribute to the advancement of our society and industries, now and in the future.”
Bartier Perry’s Head of People & Culture Strategy Nadine Cooper says:
“We are proud to provide students with not only the financial assistance these scholarships provide, but also valuable opportunities for mentorship and work experience.
“In today’s competitive work environment for graduates, exposure to real legal work and an established network of supporters can make a huge difference.
“Once our scholarship recipients graduate, we liaise with them and continue to monitor their progress and assist them where we can. The support we aim to provide extends beyond the duration of the award and we have kept in touch with all our previous recipients.
“At Bartier Perry, we take our responsibility to take the next generation of lawyers seriously – knowing that our assistance provides financial relief and practical support is highly rewarding and in line with our values of collaboration, performance, diversity and inclusion, sobriety, quality and To trust.”
Supporting students through scholarships is part of Bartier Perry’s wider Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) commitments and is a strategic initiative that recognizes that organizations must take their social responsibility seriously.
In FY22, Bartier Perry implemented a comprehensive ESG program, including developing a framework for environmental impact, community support, people and wellbeing, as well as risk and governance.
Past scholarship recipient and attorney at the firm Lucinda Borg had the following comments about the scholarship’s positive impact on her career:
“The financial support provided by the Bartier Perry scholarship allowed me to focus more on my studies and worry less about paid work at a time when my study schedule was very busy.
“As valuable as the financial support was the support I received from the firm’s People & Culture team and from the lawyers I met through the work experience they gave me. I immediately felt at home and the nerves I had to not have worked in a law firm before quickly disappeared.
“The values here are so much more than words – all of Bartier Perry’s values are lived by those who work here, every day.
“I strongly encourage current students at Western Sydney University to consider applying for Bartier Perry’s scholarships. Receiving has changed so many aspects of my student journey – I felt encouraged, supported and valued.”