Western Chances scholarships are awarded to talented and motivated young people in Melbourne’s west who have worked hard and have been recognised by their nominators, teachers, lecturers and the wider community.
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 application opens at the start of term three. Each round is open for six weeks. For each scholarship round supporting evidence should be submitted as soon as possible after the final application has been submitted. The final date for evidence is always 1 week after a round has closed.
The scholarship round for NEW applications is now open.
All new applications must be completed by a nominator.
- Opening Date: Monday 17 July, 2017
- Closing Date: Friday 25 August 2017
- Final Date for submission of evidence: Friday 1 September 2017
Application outcomes will be advised by mid November 2017.
Prior to commencing the application it is important to read all the information below to ensure that your applicants are eligible.
Once you have read the selection criteria, please click on the link below to commence the application process.
How to apply for the new round
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 able to demonstrate that they are 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 – these forms are located at the bottom of this page in the Downloadable Documents section.
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 they know well for a scholarship, nominators must clearly set out the rationale for support – bearing in mind that scholarships are intended to provide acknowledgement and assistance for talented and motivated young people who might otherwise not be able to complete their education and achieve their dreams. 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 supports young people on their educational journey for as long as the need exists. Sometimes in order to pursue their studies, recipients must move away from Melbourne’s west - in these circumstances, they remain eligible for scholarship renewal.
Financial need is an important criterion. Applicants must provide evidence of some type of government support e.g. AB Study, Youth Allowance, or a Health Care Card.
Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Western Chances Scholarship assessors, to applicants who best meet the criteria and demonstrate a passion to develop their talents.
Please view the Scholarship Application Criteria document below for further details regarding eligibility.
Western Chances Scholarship Criteria
To be eligible for a new Western Chances Scholarship, a young person must be aged between 12 and 25 years, enrolled at a government school, TAFE, university or community service organisation, and a resident of one of the following municipalities in Melbourne’s west:
- Hobsons Bay
- Moonee Valley
All applicants for new and renewal rounds must also have demonstrable talent and commitment to an education or pathway in one or more of the following areas:
- Environmental Studies
- Fashion / textiles / design
- Mechanics / engineering
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
- Transport costs
- Tutoring and private lessons
- Uniforms related to VET subjects (general uniform costs will not be funded)
A Western Chances Scholarship will not fund:
- HECS debt
- Living costs (food, electricity etc)
- School fees / levies
- School uniforms, including Year 12 blazers
- Travel or moving costs for recipients moving interstate or to rural areas for study
- Upfront university fees
- Year 12 graduation costs
The nominator must provide evidence of talent with copies of appropriate materials including but not limited to:
- Community awards
- Evidence of financial hardship e.g. AB Study, Pension, Youth Allowance, or a Health Care Card
- School reports
- Student statement
- Testimonials from nominators / referees
- Transcripts of results
After submitting an online application, ensure the relevant supporting documentation is provided to Western Chances. Please check the relevant checklist below for details of what you must submit. Should Western Chances not receive this documentation the application will not be assessed for a scholarship.
For the 2017 new applicant round supporting evidence should be submitted as close to the closing date of 25 August, 2017 as possible. The final date for all evidence will be 1 September, 2017.