The Chance of a Lifetime

Western Chances believes in the power of education to transform lives.

The 2018 renewal scholarship round is now open.

This round is open to young people who have previously received a Western Chances scholarship.

Applications open on Tuesday 30 January 2018 and close on Friday 9 March 2018.

Nominators and tertiary applicants should review the selection criteria and additional documents required HERE prior to commencing the online application process. There is also a link to the applications on this page.


If you have any questions, please contact Program Manager Anne Connors on 03 8345 7813 or via email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

New book "How the West was One" supporting Western Chances

‘How the West was One’, memoirs of Melbourne’s Western suburbs, was launched by Terry Bracks on Sunday 12 November at the Yarraville Club, with over 300 people in attendance, including many of the writers. Thanks to MC John Harms, book editors Sue O’Brien and Karyn Howie, plus all the contributors for supporting Western Chances via sales of the book.

The books editors Karyn Howie and Sue O’Brien are childhood friends who grew up in the West and were inspired to create the book after deciding to write their own stories and meeting fellow Westies who were also excited to write about their childhood exploits. The collection of memoirs includes thirty-nine personal stories of growing up in the western suburbs of Melbourne.

All the profits from the book go to Western Chances, which supports talented and motivated young people in the western suburbs of Melbourne facing barriers to fulfilling their potential by providing them with scholarships, opportunities and on-going support.

To find out more and order your copy of the book visit

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