Alumni Community Program

The Western Chances Alumni Community Program ensures a continuity of care for the rising number of scholarship recipients completing their studies and entering the workforce.

The Alumni Community Program provides past scholarship recipients with valuable opportunities to connect with each other, tap into our extensive learning and collaboration networks and achieve their career and life goals.

Since Western Chances launched in 2004, we have grown to award over 5,200 scholarships to over 2,500 young people in Melbourne’s western suburbs. These scholarships are valued at almost $4.6 million. We have established a strong reputation for delivering positive outcomes and ongoing educational support for young people.

Many past scholarship recipients have expressed a desire to demonstrate their appreciation for the support they have received, and to participate in nurturing the talents of other young people. The Western Chances Alumni Community Program establishes a supporter base of past recipients who can participate in building the future of Western Chances.

Join Us

To qualify as a member of the Alumni Community Program you need to be:

• a previous Western Chances Scholarship recipient
• not currently receiving financial support from Western Chances
• 18 or over

If you answered yes to all the above we welcome you to join now. To do so:

1. Subscribe and enter your details to join our mailing list and keep up to date with opportunities and events
2. Complete the Survey to have your say about the kinds of activities and events in which you would like to be involved


Alumni Events

The Western Chances Alumni Community Program provides opportunities to past scholarships recipients via key networking and learning events.

Topics for alumni events include financial management, leadership, careers and more.

A full list of upcoming events can be found here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Alumni?

The term ‘Alumni’ is commonly used to describe a group of former students or graduates of a school, college or University. Alumni, alumnus (masculine) and alumna (feminine) stem from the Latin ‘aler’ meaning ‘to nourish and be nourished’.

Who is eligible to be a member of the Western Chances Alumni Community Program?

If you are a past scholarship recipient aged 18 years or over not currently receiving a Western Chances scholarship and living anywhere in Melbourne, Australia or overseas you are, by definition, already an alumni member.

What are some of the benefits of being a member of the Western Chances Alumni Community Program?

  • Connect with and build a supportive community and create a strong sense of belonging.
  • Peer to peer support, mentoring and advice.
  • Education, career development, training opportunities, job interview and presentation skills coaching, writing successful job applications, management training, investment and financial planning are just some examples.
  • Invitations to special events and exclusive networking opportunities.

What do I have to do as a member of the Western Chances Alumni Community?

How you participate as part of the Western Chances Alumni Community is completely up to you. You could simply receive emails and newsletters, be part of an online community (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube), attend networking events or become an ambassador, speaker, performer, board or committee member, volunteer, media interviewee or a peer mentor.

If you have any questions about the program please contact Program Manager Anne Connors (03) 8345 7818 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

This program is made possible through the generous support of Gandel Philanthropy and The Trawalla Foundation.

Attendees at Western Chances first Alumni workshop

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