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.

If you have any questions or require assistance with the scholarship process please contact Program Manager, Anne Connors at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 03 8345 7813.

Scholarship round for new applicants: NOW OPEN

The 2018 new scholarship round is NOW OPEN for applicants who have never received a Western Chances Scholarship. The round will be open for 6 weeks and supporting evidence will be required within that time period.

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New applicants round open date: Monday 23 July

New applicants round close date: Friday 31 August

Supporting evidence final due date: Friday 7 September

The announcement of successful recipients: November 2018

Please make sure you carefully read all the information on this page to ensure your application has all the information required. All new scholarship applications must be filled out by a nominator.

If you have any questions or require assistance please contact Program Manager Anne Connors at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 03 8345 7813.

How to apply for a new applicant scholarship: NOW OPEN

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.

How to apply for a renewal scholarship: Opening January 2019

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.

For secondary students: The online application must be completed by a nominator.

For tertiary students: The online application must be completed by you.

Scholarship selection criteria

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:

  • Brimbank
  • Hobsons Bay
  • Maribyrnong 
  • Melton
  • Moonee Valley
  • Wyndham

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:

  • Academic
  • Art
  • Dance
  • Debating
  • Drama
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fashion / textiles / design
  • Film
  • Horticulture
  • ICT
  • Leadership
  • Mechanics/engineering
  • Music

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
  • 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)
  • Sport
  • 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 mandatory supporting documentation and include evidence to support the area of talent including (but not limited to):

  • Evidence of financial hardship e.g. AB Study, Pension, Youth Allowance, or a Health Care Card
  • School reports (most recent full semester)
  • Student statement
  • Community awards or certificates
  • Testimonials from nominators/referees
  • Transcripts of results

Supporting documentation

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. Supporting documentation should address the talents and motivation of each student and is used to validate each scholarship. Please submit evidence as soon as possible after finalising an application

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