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

New applicant scholarship round opens 22 July

This round is open to young people who have never received a Western Chances scholarship.

To be eligible for the new round 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.

The application form for a new application must be completed and submitted by a nominator. In addition to this form, nominators and applicants must supply evidence in support of their talents.

Please see the relevant document checklist for detailed information regarding supporting documentation – the checklists and other information can be found on our scholarships page.

Key Dates

Round Open: Monday 22 July 2019

A link to the online application form will be provided here when applications open.

Round Close: Friday 30 August 2019

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.

Book now for the Western Chances Good Business Forum

The Western Chances Good Business Forum is our annual fundraiser and a chance for you to listen to a great keynote speaker, join in the raffle and hear a personal story from a Western

Chances scholarship recipient. Gather some colleagues, clients or friends and purchase a table or book individual tickets and be ready for an afternoon of networking, fundraising and motivation.

Date: Friday 30 August, 2019

Where: Zinc at Federation Square

Time: 12.00pm to 2.30pm


Early Bird Price: $210 per person or $2100 per table of 10*

Standard Ticket Price: $250 per person or $2500 per table of 10*

In addition, there is a 50cent fee per ticket charged by Trybooking *All prices are inclusive of GST.

Special Keynote Speaker: Virginia Trioli



EARLY BIRD bookings close Friday 19 July, 2019

Final bookings close Friday 16 August, 2019

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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