Dundas Valley resident Linda Mitchell wants to lead by example.

Linda, the daughter of 1st Meadowbank Scouting stalwarts Ken and Bev Paton, was chosen as one of the first 200 Westpac Bicentennial Foundation scholarship recipients a gift to the nation developed as part of its 200th anniversary this year.

She will receive a future leader scholarship to support her research in chemistry and discovering new ways to apply technology that will benefit those in remote communities throughout Australia.

Awarded in partnership with the University of Sydney the scholarship will provide Mr Mitchell financial support for graduate research, access to a nine month leadership development program and international experiences, which will help further her potential as a leader to positively impact the lives of many Australians.

“The Westpac scholarship is a great honour, as it will bring me into a community of people who are also passionate about bringing about positive change,” Ms Mitchell said.

“I’m excited to work with the other recipients and have the chance to develop technology that will have a meaningful impact for all Australians.”

The Westpac Bicentennial Foundation was established in 2014 to help support individuals with the drive and imagination to build a better future for Australia.

As part of this commitment, the foundation will award 100 scholarships each year, forever.

The Westpac Future Leaders recipients come from diverse fields and backgrounds with a common goal – to shape a better future for all Australians.

“Every scholar has the potential to make a real difference to the future of Australia, and the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship has attracted an incredibly high calibre of talented and driven individuals,” Westpac Bicentennial Foundation cheif executive Susan Bannigan said.

“All the scholars are passionate about one or more of the Foundation’s focus areas innovation and technology, enabling positive social change, and strengthening Australia’s ties with Asia and Westpac is proud to back them so they can realise their full leadership potential,” said Susan.

“Money can help launch a vision but it takes a network of inspired and inspiring people to sustain it.”.

Future leader: Linda Mitchell will receive one of 22 Future Leader scholarships from the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation.