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.

Our scholarships support talented and motivated students who may not otherwise have an opportunity to pursue their education dreams. Western Chances rely on donations from trust, foundations, corporations and individuals to provide much needed support to young people in Melbourne's west.

“Western Chances isn’t just an organisation. It’s a community of passionate people who do everything they can to support and empower people like me and I’m incredibly grateful for their efforts.” Scholarship Recipient.

Since 2004 Western Chances has:

  • Invested above $ 4.9 million in scholarships
  • Assisted over 2650 young people to overcome barriers to success
  • Awarded more than 5800 new and renewal scholarships

From as little as $10 a month you can become a Big Dreams donor and help us to help even more young people.




The 2018 scholarship round for renewal applicants has now closed.  Outcomes will be finalised by the end of June. The 2018 round for new applicants will open 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.

"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 book's 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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