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 embraced 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 $6.3 million in scholarships
Assisted over 3100 young people to overcome barriers to success
Awarded more than 7680 new and renewal scholarships

About our Scholarships

To be eligible for a Western Chances scholarship applicants must reside in one of the six nominated municipalities in Melbourne’s west and be enrolled at a government secondary school, TAFE, university or Community Service Organisation. All applicants must be talented, motivated and demonstrate financial need or hardship.

Please see the relevant document checklist for detailed information regarding supporting documentation. Please refer to the guidelines, checklists and other information on our scholarships page.

The current round for renewing applicants is NOW CLOSED

Please refer to the scholarship page for all the details.

The next round for new applicants will open in July 2020.

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

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
WC SAC Postponed The Hon Julia Gillard AC, new Patron of Western Chances

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