2023 Social Impact Scholarship Winners

More than $180,000 in scholarship funding has been awarded to 20 social changemakers, allowing them to go on to study in our postgraduate social impact courses across three of our four collaborating universities – UNSW, UWA, and Swinburne.

With the recent launch of CSI Flinders postgraduate education courses , we also look forward to offering these scholarships to students in South Australia very soon.

“It’s always wonderful to see the calibre of students applying for these scholarships as well as the diversity of organisations and sectors they come from. It is inspiring to see the dedication and potential of the recipients to making a positive impact on the world around them,” says Dr Lyndsey McKee, CSI’s National Industry Director.

We received dozens of high-quality applicants with a diverse range of skills and experience from all over the country and thank everyone who took the time to apply. A big congratulations to those who received CSI scholarships (listed below).

Our annual scholarships wouldn’t be possible without the generous donations from our wonderful supporters.

"Thank you for enabling these 20 inspiring changemakers the opportunity to access Australia’s leading social impact education programs, providing them with the knowledge, skills and network to support and accelerate their impact," says Dr McKee.

NATIONAL scholarships

CSI Board Scholarship Recipient:

National CSI Social Impact Scholarships:

  • Bec Lee (Swinburne)
  • Christopher Barty (UNSW)
  • Hayley See (UNSW)
  • John Thomson (UWA)
  • Karine Turkmenian (UWA)
  • Kathleen Schultz (UWA)
  • Luciano Lauronce (Swinburne)
  • Lydia Turda (Swinburne)
  • Michael Kunz (UNSW)
  • Mihka Chee (UNSW)
  • Naomi Winter (UWA)
  • Pepita Wilson (UWA)
  • Simona Sharry (UWA)

UNSW scholarships

Indigenous Female Social Impact Scholarship:

  • Erica Smits

Robin Crawford Memorial Scholarship:

  • Adam Knobel

MBAx (Social Impact) Scholarships:

  • Medina Azul
  • Nomxolisi Malope-Rwodzi
  • Steffi Chang

Global Sustainability & Social Impact Scholarship:

  • Paul Shantanu


Starting out as a Civil Engineer, Ben knew something was missing from the career that he wanted to build for himself. Dipping his toes into various volunteering roles while working his normal 9-5, Ben eventually landed himself a casual job as a food-rescue delivery driver for OzHarvest to support his transition away from engineering and into a life with more purpose.