Rural Chances Scholarship

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 these issues, MSRF and its supporters have created Rural Chances Scholarships.

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, and
want to fill a skills gap in rural Victoria, and
– would like mentoring and networking opportunities.

Applications for the next round of Rural Chances Scholarships open on October 1. 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.


For 2018, there are 10 scholarships valued at $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, at least 10 smaller scholarships of up to $2000 are available for specific items to support training. 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.

Applications open: October 1, 2017

Applications close: December 20, 2017

Application assessment period: December/ Jan

Scholarship interviews: Late January, 2018

Notification of outcome: Early February, 2018

To Apply for the Rural Chances Scholarships, click here.