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 applications opens at the start of term three.
Scholarships update: 2019 New Scholarship Round
Following a record number of new applications, the Programs team has evaluated and approved 268 applications which equates to the biggest EVER number of new scholarships awarded by Western Chances.
Payments to schools and tertiary recipients were made in late October.
To find out more please call 8345 7812 or email:
How to apply for a renewal scholarship: Opening February 2020
To be eligible for the renewal round students must have previously received a Western Chances scholarship and be enrolled at a government school, TAFE, university or community service organisation. All applicants must continue to demonstrate that they are talented, motivated and require financial assistance.
All applications must be completed online.
For secondary students: The online application must be completed by your nominator. For tertiary students: The online application must be completed by you.
A link will be posted here when applications open in February 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.
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 – 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 they know well for a scholarship, nominators must clearly set out the rationale for support – bearing in mind that scholarships are intended to provide acknowledgment 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 be talented and committed to an education or pathway in one or more of the following areas:
- Environmental Studies
- Fashion / textiles / design
Please note: The list is not strictly limited to the above talent areas.
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
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)
- 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)
- Travel or moving costs for recipients moving interstate or to rural areas for study
- Upfront university fees
- Year 12 graduation costs
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 Caord, 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.