Our enduring partnership with Western Chances provides study and career opportunities to young people who are facing financial barriers.
Focusing on access to education, training and network development, our shared commitment with Western Chances supports motivated young people who live in the west of Melbourne to achieve their potential.
About Western Chances
Since it was established in 2003, Western Chances has invested almost $8 million in scholarships for recipients in Melbourne’s west, awarding 8,800 new and renewed scholarships and assisting more than 3,550 young people to complete their education.
Western Chances' vision is to enable young people facing financial barriers to reach their potential. Providing scholarships, life-changing opportunities and ongoing support, their mission is to enable these young people to thrive.
VU is building on our long-standing relationship with Western Chances as a Community Pro-Bono Partner. Since 2006, we have offered up to 35 access scholarships of $1000 per year to hundreds of Western Chances students at VU.
The students use the funds to empower themselves in areas that may seem small – such as purchasing laptops, home internet access, or public transport costs – but which can have a big impact on their university success.
We also work together to support students in areas, including:
- collaborating to create greater access to scholarships for VU TAFE students
- developing programs to link Western Chances alumni with career and industry networks
- expanding opportunities for recipients to do meaningful internships and gain work experience
- hosting Western Chances staff offices at VU campus, as part of our flipped campus approach.
At VU, we understand how important education is in enabling students to achieve their full potential, and how access to a scholarship can help make that happen.
Each year, VU awards hundreds of scholarships to students at all levels – TAFE (certificates and diplomas), undergraduate (bachelor degrees and honours), and postgraduate, providing financial and practical assistance for students to get a head start.
More than just a scholarship
First-year VU Bachelor of Paramedicine student and Werribee resident, Alannah Nix, 19, first received the Western Chances scholarship eight years ago while a student at Hoppers Crossing Secondary School. Both Alannah’s older sisters – one now a teacher in Queensland, and the other a nurse in Melbourne’s west – were also recipients. On the support they each received, she told us:
Western Chances helped each of us get to where we are now. They don’t just provide money, they gave us connections to a great community, and to personal and professional experiences we’d have never had.