The Chance of a Lifetime
Western Chances believes in the power of education to transform lives and with your support, we can help more young people overcome barriers to success. We have a saying at Western Chances; talent is everywhere - opportunity is not.
About Western Chances
Western Chances believes in the power of education to transform lives. We give young people in Melbourne’s west the chance to fulfil their potential and overcome barriers to success by providing scholarships, opportunity programs and ongoing support.
Our scholarships support talented and motivated students who may not otherwise have an opportunity to pursue their education dreams. Western Chances relies on donations from trusts, foundations, corporations and individuals to provide much needed support to young people in Melbourne's west.
All donations are gratefully accepted and donations of $2 or more are fully tax deductible.
Since 2004 we have:
Invested above $5.5 million in scholarships
Assisted over 2845 young people
Awarded more than 6445 new and renewal scholarships
The 2019 renewal scholarship round is CLOSED
This round was open to young people who had previously received a Western Chances scholarship and were eligible to have it renewed.
Renewal round update:
All applications from the renewal round are currently being assessed. Supporting documentation was due by 22 March 2019. Tertiary applicants will be notified in mid-June. Secondary applicants and nominators will be notified in mid-July.
Next round for new applicants opens July 2019: For further information about scholarships and the application process, please go to our scholarships page.
Celebrating our volunteers
“Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.” - Sherry Anderson
It’s national volunteer week, celebrating all those who give their time freely to support the community. To our entire network of volunteers we say thank for your hard work and dedication to Western Chances. We are lucky to have you on the team and even luckier that you believe in all work and no pay! We couldn’t do it without you.
We invite you read more about the some of the great people who volunteer their time to help talented and motivated young people from Melbourne’s west to fulfil their potential.
As volunteering goes, Western Chances is at the top of the pile. We get to work with such really nice people, we help out a bit, and we are always thanked at the end of the day.
What’s not to like. Kind regards to you all. Lyn
Thank you for your email. I agree with Lyn - we get to work with such really nice people, get to help out a little and feel appreciated at the end of the day.
It is all for a great cause - I really enjoy it and look forward to it every week. Kind regards Anna
Thank you Rhyll for your lovely email.
It's been an enormous pleasure to volunteer for Western Chances. I am blessed to be in a position to do it and seeing first hand what has been achieved so far for the recipients.
You're all such incredibly passionate and dedicated women and a real joy in the office. With love Rita