South Eastern Chances is an innovative scholarship program that provides financial support to young people living in south east Melbourne to pursue their dreams and academic ability.

Connections believes that everyone should have the opportunity to achieve their goals regardless of their financial situation, and this program aims to unlock the potential of motivated young people who have a talent in a particular field, but whose financial situation is preventing them from following their passion.

South Eastern Chances gives young people the opportunity to focus on their area of interest without the financial burden attached.


Am I eligible to apply?

South Eastern Chances is targeted at young people who can provide demonstrated evidence of their natural ability, or who can show a strong passion in a particular interest area.

Applicants must:

  • be a young person up to the age of 25 and have the support of a parent or guardian if under the age of 16;
  • demonstrate low income by possessing a current health care card or be eligible to apply for one;
  • ensure that their application contributes to education success, sporting achievement, cultural achievement and that it links to future career goals; and
  • live in the following local government areas:
Bayside Knox
Booroondara Manningham
Cardinia Maroondah
Casey Monash
Frankston Mornington Peninsula
Glen Eira Stonnington
Greater Dandenong Whitehorse
Kingston Yarra Ranges

How do I apply for a scholarship?

If you are eligible to apply for a South Eastern Chances scholarship, you can apply by downloading and completing the below form.

South Eastern Chances Scholarship Application Form 2016.docx

When submitting your application, please also consider including copies of and/or links to your portfolio and examples of your work.

When do I need to submit my application?

The selection committee assess applications at the end of each application round. It is important you have each element of your application completed prior to the closing dates, and you address each of the questions honestly and thoughtfully.

There are three rounds of applications during 2016. The closing dates are:

  • Friday 4 March
  • Friday 1 July
  • Friday 28 October

I have some questions, who can I contact?

If you are unsure if you are eligible to apply, or you have questions about the program, please contact the Community Relations team on 03 8792 8999 or at chances@connections.org.au


About the South Eastern Chances program.

The South Eastern Chances program was established in partnership with Connections and ForChildren (Australia) Inc in 2006. The program was transferred to the auspice and management of Connections in May 2007. The Chances model is one that provides assistance to young people who have a passion to achieve but lack the financial and sometimes emotional support to enable them to realise their full potential.


Meet some of our recipients.

Paving the way for our next generation of doctors.

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Amir* arrived in Australia five years ago and dreamt of being a doctor. Sadly as the years went on, he became uncertain about his future as he soon realised he could not afford a number of essential items, including a simple lab coat.

With the support of South Eastern Chances, Amir has been able to enrol in an extension course at Monash University (Biomedical Science), purchase a laptop and his much needed lab coat, reinstating his confidence in his future.  

“My main reason to become a doctor is because I enjoy learning about how organisms function and I have a passion to be able to help others when they need it. I have many motivational factors such as my family and my relatives. However, I will not allow my financial condition to act as a barrier for my education ever.

Before applying for a South Eastern Chances scholarship I was doubtful of being able to attend my university subject as it costs a lot. However, now I am much more confident as I do not need to worry about the financial cost and can focus entirely on my studies."

* Not his real name.


Threading the Needle of Inclusion

Andy Truong

Showcasing your first ever solo collection at Fashion Week is not a dream of many 15 year olds but from a young age, second generation Vietnamese Australian, Andy Truong, knew it was something he was destined to do.

As the youngest person ever to have a solo show at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, Andy’s passion for sewing and design began at the young age of 6 when his mother recognised his raw talent. From teaching himself to sew by watching video clips and tutorials via the internet, Andy’s collection was born. With the support of Connections South Eastern Chances scholarship program which awarded Andy $1,500 to cover the cost of the venue, Andy’s dream finally became a reality in September this year.

‘I am grateful for the support and the opportunity that Connections gave me via their South Eastern Chances scholarship program. It had always been my dream to one day be given the opportunity to showcase my clothes to the industry. Now that I have been given this opportunity, I can’t wait to do it all again’, said Andy.