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.

Celebrating our volunteers

“Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.” - Sherry Anderson

On national volunteer week, we celebrated all those who give their time freely to support the Western Chances community. To our entire network of volunteers we say thank for your hard work and dedication to Western Chances. We are lucky to have you on the team and even luckier that you believe in all work and no pay! We couldn’t do it without you.

We invite you read more about the some of the great people who volunteer their time to help talented and motivated young people from Melbourne’s west to fulfil their potential. 

Lyn Foote

Thanks Rhyll

As volunteering goes, Western Chances is at the top of the pile. We get to work with such really nice people, we help out a bit, and we are always thanked at the end of the day.

What’s not to like. Kind regards to you all. Lyn

Anna Watson

Hi Rhyll

Thank you for your email.  I agree with Lyn - we get to work with such really nice people, get to help out a little and feel appreciated at the end of the day. 

It is all for a great cause - I really enjoy it and look forward to it every week. Kind regards Anna

Rita Zammit

Thank you Rhyll for your lovely email.

It's been an enormous pleasure to volunteer for Western Chances. I am blessed to be in a position to do it and seeing first hand what has been achieved so far for the recipients.

You're all such incredibly passionate and dedicated women and a real joy in the office. With love Rita

John Stapleton

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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