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

New applicant scholarship round OPEN until 30 August

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

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

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.

The Western Chances Good Business Forum - SOLD OUT

The Western Chances Good Business Forum is our annual fundraising lunch and we are thrilled to announce that the event is sold out. We are looking forward to an excellent afternoon with over 370 guests from a wide range of industries and backgrounds including education, construction, banking, real estate, design, architecture, healthcare, transport, legal, philanthropy, marketing, the arts, consulting and government. Our keynote speaker is two-time Walkley Award winner, Virginia Trioli, one of Australia’s best-known journalists, renowned television anchor, radio presenter, writer and commentator and our recipient speaker will share hos story and talk about the impact a Western Chances scholarship has had on an incredibly talented and motivated young person from Melbourne's west.

Date: Friday 30 August, 2019 Where: Zinc at Federation Square Time: 12.00pm to 2.30pm

Thank you to our major event sponsor Netflow and Evolution Rail, to everyone who has purchased a ticket to support the event and to our table sponsor The Good Business Foundation.

Western Chances Lottery - Win a Noosa Holiday - limited to 200 tickets

With only 200 tickets available, your odds of winning a holiday in a luxury Noosa penthouse are excellent. Purchase your ticket now for a chance to turn a $100 investment into a $5000 adventure.

Buy a ticket for the chance to win a holiday in a luxury penthouse overlooking Noosa Heads and the stunning hinterland the prize, includes 10 nights’ accommodation for up to six people and return flights for two people. ALKIRA is on an elevated north westerly slope on Noosa Hill, only minutes from the best Noosa has to offer. Stroll to the restaurants, boutiques, coffee shops the famous Noosa beach and Noosa National Park. It’s an incredible apartment in a gorgeous location! All funds raised will support talented and motivated young people from Melbourne's west.



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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