CHANCES Scholarships


A CHANCE for Boroondara Students

Boroondara Cares Foundation (formerly known as Foundation Boroondara) through its CHANCES Scholarship Program supports talented and motivated young people to overcome barriers to educational success. Our program aims to provide opportunities and support for young people in our community who are experiencing financial disadvantage and social isolation.

CHANCES Champion

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We are delighted to announce that Frank Vincent has agreed to be our CHANCES Champion. The Hon. Frank Vincent AO QC served 16 years as a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria followed by a further eight years as a judge of the Court of Appeal. He was Deputy Chair and then Chair of the Victorian Adult Parole Board, a position he occupied for 17 years. He has served as a consultant to the Australian Law Reform Commission and Chairman of the Victorian Criminal Bar Association, and since his retirement he has been appointed by successive Attorneys General to conduct inquiries into matters of public importance. From 2001 to 2009 he was the second Chancellor of Victoria University. He conducted a review of the legislative framework for witness protection in Victoria, and was Senior Legal Advisor to the recent State Parliamentary Committee Inquiry into the sexual and physical abuse of children in non-government organisations. He was appointed to the Commission in July 2012.

Boroondara Cares Foundation Board commissioned Think Impact to conduct a Social Return on Investment analysis of the CHANCES Program.
The result was outstanding. For every dollar invested in CHANCES, the Community Benefits by between 12 and 17 dollars.

2018 Scholarships

New and Renewal Boroondara Cares CHANCES Scholarship applications for the 2018 academic year have closed.
Applicants will be advised of the result in November.


Click here for Eligibility Guidelines

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Investment in the Boroondara Community

Since 2006 we have:
        Invested $716,000 into the Boroondara community
        Awarded 640 scholarships to young people in Boroondara 

Our financial and program supporters:

Helen MacPherson Smith Trust, Newsboys Foundation, Baker Foundation, Bendigo Bank, Swinburne University, Rotary Clubs in Boroondara, AS Partners.

Our Sponsors:
Accru, Action Printing, Barker & Barker Media, Dreampool Productions, In (My) House Publishing.


Our focus is to facilitate educational CHANCES for motivated young people. The CHANCES Scholarship Program was developed to assist young people who have skills and passion to achieve, however require financial assistance to complete their goals.

Boroondara Cares CHANCES Story
In 2005, research undertaken on behalf of Foundation Boroondara  (now Boroondara Cares Foundation) noted: The general level of affluence seeks to camouflage the difficulties by those who are socially excluded. (1) 
Our research indicates that approximately 4,000 young people are living in poverty in the Boroondara ommunity. These young people may be socially excluded and cannot fully participate in kindergarten, primary, secondary or tertiary education due to lack of money, resources, relationships and networks.

From small beginnings, the Boroondara CHANCES Program now raises over $160,000 each year to support the CHANCES scholarships across Boroondara.The scholarships, provide funding for educational items at secondary schools or tertiary institutions that have a huge impact upon the academic learning of our cholarship recipients. 
We believe that the scholarship gives our young people a sense of empowerment, self-belief and self-motivation.
(1) Social Exclusion in Boroonadara (Stage Two) Janet Stanley -2007

What We Cover
The scholarship can be used for textbooks and stationery, uniform, camps, excursions, computers, Myki tickets, musical instruments and tuition costs and other course-related costs, plus VET and VCAL-related items.

What we Do not Cover

We do not cover school fees,
Students who do not live or study in Boroondara,
Students from self-supporting families.

Privacy Policy
Boroondara Cares Foundation always respects your privacy. Personal information requested by us is usedto enable us to respond to you, to inform potential supporters of the work of Boroondara Cares Foundation and to ensure we maintain accurate information.

Media Consent
This form is made available so that scholarship Recipients may approve or deny the use of their image in stories by Boroondara Cares.

When to Apply
We only conduct one round in August each year of the CHANCES Scholarships.


The success of our efforts is measured by evaluations each year.

We ask all successful applicants to complete an evaluation in May of each year.



Helen Worladge
Boroondara Cares Foundation
CHANCES Program Manager
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Phone: 03 9429 9753

Mobile: 0438 024 764

Helen Worladge
Boroondara Cares Foundation
CHANCES Program Manager
PO Box 2182
Hawthorn, VIC 3122 


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