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.

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

Next round for new applicants opens July 2019: For further information about scholarships and the application process, please go to our scholarships page.

Netflow-Western Chances partnership supporting talented young people in Melbourne’s west

Western Chances is delighted to announce a new partnership with Netflow which will support talented and motivated young people from Melbourne’s west who are facing financial barriers to completing their education. This partnership will see Western Chances receive funding annually for 23 years to help build our capacity to support young people to fulfil their potential. The long-term funding will be provided for the duration of the Western Roads project.

Multi-year funding is vital to building the sustainability of not-for-profit organisations. We commend Netflow for its vision and commitment to support our young people’s future, allowing us and our recipients to go from strength-to-strength.

Check out our CEO Rhyll Dorrington in the video

Congratulations to Western Health and Western Bulldogs who also received funding for valuable Western suburbs community projects.

Read about the Western Roads project here

You can read the full media release in this blog

Acknowledgment of Country

We acknowledge that we live and work on Aboriginal lands. We value and respect the knowledge and living culture that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people bring to our communities.
Sincere thanks to Gandel Philanthropy and The Samuel Nissen Charitable Foundation, managed by Perpetual, for supporting the development of Western Chances’ communication channels

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