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 $6.025 million in scholarships
Assisted over 2845 young people
Awarded more than 6920 new and renewal scholarships

The new applicant scholarship round is CLOSED

This round was 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.

The next round for renewing applicants will open in February 2020.

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

Please refer to the scholarship page for all the details on how to apply next year.

Key dates new round 2019

Supporting documents for this round are now overdue and were required by Friday 30 August, 2019

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.
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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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