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Rural Chances vocational scholarships have arrived!

We know there are many great young rural Victorians looking for work or opportunities to train further and build their skills. We also know there are often many barriers to achieving these goals. To address this issue, MSRF is launching the Rural Chances pilot program. 

Rural Chances can help if you:

  • have to travel long distances or move away from home to gain qualifications, or
  • struggle with the many expenses associated with training and building your skills, or
  • want to fill a skills gap in rural Victoria, or
  • would like mentoring and networking opportunities.

The Rural Chances pilot program is being launched for the second half of 2017. The online application process is really simple, and requires you to submit either a written application or a video application. Check out the 'How do I apply?' page for more info. If you’ve got any questions and can’t find the answer here, please contact us

Rural Chances scholarships are the vision of a regional philanthropist who has worked closely with MSRF to design the scholarships. The aim is to meet the needs of rural communities by providing a skilled and flexible workforce.

What do you get with a Rural Chances scholarship?

In 2017, there are 5 scholarships valued up to $5000 to assist young people to move away from their home town or to assist with extensive travel required to complete training qualifications. Rural Chances scholarship recipients will receive extra care from a mentor and leadership and networking opportunities.

Additionally, smaller scholarships of up to $2000 are available for specific items to support training. These are funded from a $25,000 pool, and applicants  must identify what they need, how much it will cost and why they need it to complete their study. These smaller amounts can be used for equipment, course fees, tools of trade, travel costs, materials etc. Recipients will also be offered mentoring and leadership and networking opportunities.

Key dates

Applications open: October 1, 2017

Applications close: December 20, 2017

Application assessment period: December/ Jan

Scholarship interviews: January, 2018

Notification of outcome: January, 2018