The Chance of a Lifetime

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 scholarshipsopportunity programs and ongoing support.

Our scholarships support talented and motivated students who may not otherwise have an opportunity to pursue their education dreams.

“I’m passionate about social justice and I really want to make a difference wherever I can. It means a lot to know I have that extra support behind me, someone else who cares and is willing to help. It’s been a real confidence boost for me and I know there are more opportunities ahead.” Aretha, 16

Since 2004 we have:

• Invested 4.8 million in young people
• Assisted over 2,500 young people
• Awarded over 5,700 scholarships

The 2018 scholarship round for renewing applicants will open in early February. If you have any questions about scholarships, please contact Program Manager, Anne Connors, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 03 8345 7813.

You can also find out more about our scholarships on our website


New book "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 books 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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