Western Chances scholarships are awarded to talented and motivated young people in Melbourne’s west.

There are two types of Western Chances Scholarships: one for applicants who have not previously received a scholarship, and the other for existing scholarship recipients who have the opportunity for their scholarship to be renewed. The renewal round opens at the start of term one each year, and the round for new scholarship applications opens at the start of term three.

Please read the eligibility and assessment criteria below and If you still have any questions or require assistance with the scholarship process do not hesitate to contact the programs team:

Program Manager, Anne Connors .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 8345 7812

Program Coordinator, Colleen McEwan .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 8345 7812

How to apply for a renewal scholarship: Closed Monday 16 March 

The renewal round for 2020 has now closed. If you have any queries please contact Western Chances on 8345 7812 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Key Dates:

Round Opened: Monday 3 February 2020

Round Closed: Monday 16 March 2020

Final Date for Supporting Documents: Monday 16 March 2020

How to apply for a new scholarship: Opening July 2020

The new scholarship round for applicants who have never previously received a Western Chances Scholarship will open in July 2020.

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 – these forms are located at the bottom of this page in the downloadable documents section.

Scholarship selection considerations

Principals, teachers, student welfare coordinators, career guidance counselors, university lecturers and tutors within the public education system serve as Western Chances ‘talent scouts'.

In nominating a young person for a scholarship, nominators must clearly outline the rationale for support. Scholarships are intended to provide acknowledgment and assistance for talented and motivated young people facing barriers to complete their education. A Western Chances scholarship applicant must have an identifiable talent or pathway.

When first applying for a scholarship, a young person must be aged between 12 and 25 years, enrolled at a government school, TAFE, university or community service organisation, and be a resident of one of the six municipalities in Melbourne’s west.

Western Chances support young people on their educational journey for as long as the need exists.

Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Western Chances Scholarship assessors, to applicants who best meet the criteria.

Please view the Scholarship Criteria and read the relevant documents below for further details regarding eligibility and assessment.

Western Chances Scholarship eligibility criteria

  • Aged 12 to 25 years
  • Enrolled at a government secondary school, TAFE, university or community service organisation
  • Resident in Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley or Wyndham
  • Demonstrates talent and motivation in nominated pathway
  • Financial need or hardship

All applicants for new and renewal rounds are required to provide evidence of financial hardship including:

  • Healthcare Card
  • Pensioner Concession Card
  • Youth Allowance
  • CSEF confirmation
  • Other evidence subject to review

All applicants for new and renewal rounds must be talented, motivated and committed to an education or pathway in one or more of the following areas**:

  • Academic
  • Art
  • Dance
  • Debating
  • Drama
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fashion / Textiles / Design
  • Film / Media / Photography
  • Horticulture
  • ICT
  • Leadership
  • Music
  • Science / Engineering / STEM

**Please note: The list is not strictly limited to the above talent areas.

Items which may be funded include, but are not limited to:

  • Art materials
  • Computer software
  • Internet connection fees up to $300 per year
  • Laptops and specialist computers
  • Lecture notes
  • Maths calculators
  • Specialist lessons 
  • Stationery, printing and photocopy costs
  • Specialist study camps 
  • TAFE and VET/VCAL subject fees 
  • Textbooks
  • Transport costs
  • Uniforms related to VET subjects (general uniform costs will not be funded)
  • Uniforms related to Year 12 special items (blazers, jumpers, jackets etc)

A Western Chances Scholarship will not fund:

  • HECS debt
  • Living costs (food, electricity etc)
  • School fees/levies
  • School uniforms (other than Year 12 special items)
  • Sport
  • Travel or moving costs for recipients moving interstate or to rural areas for study
  • Upfront university fees
  • Year 12 graduation costs

Supporting documentation

All applications must be accompanied by supporting documentation provided by a nominator or renewing tertiary applicant. Supporting documentation should address the talents and motivation of each student as this is used to validate each scholarship.

Required documents (to be submitted with application):

  • Secondary student results (most recent full semester school report)
  • Secondary student (attendance report)
  • Tertiary student results (transcript of most recent semester)
  • Tertiary Student evidence of enrolment (enrolment confirmation or student card)
  • Evidence of financial hardship e.g. ABSTUDY, Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card, Youth Allowance
  • Payment Page
  • Student statement (to be included in application)

Additional documents to support the application (including but not limited to):

  • Community awards or certificates (from past 12 months)
  • Testimonials from nominators/referees
  • Addtional information to support artistic, leadership or other talents
  • VET or VCAL subject invoices to support fee requests

Please submit all supporting evidence as per the applicable document checklist below at the same time you submit your application. 

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