Dr Bill Williams Tjungurrayi Scholarships

Dr Bill Williams speaking at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl before the launch of ICAN. Photo by Adam Dempsey, (Creative Commons 2.0)

The College launched the Dr Bill Williams Tjungurrayi Scholarships fund in late May 2018. Dr Bill Williams completed Year 12 at The Geelong College in 1975, when he was school Vice-Captain and a member of the Cricket 1st XI and Football 1st XVIII. He went on to train as a doctor, becoming a general practitioner, as his father and grandfather had been before him.

Always a man of principle and conviction, Bill became a social activist, particularly involved in the campaign against nuclear weapons. He was also involved in environmental and feminist issues. Some years ago, Bill lived with his family for an extended period at Kintore, an Indigenous community in the Northern Territory, west of Alice Springs, close to the Western Australian border. He wrote a novel inspired by his experiences there, and returned regularly to continue his medical work with Indigenous people. He was due to return there a few weeks after his untimely death in September 2016. He was a staunch advocate for Indigenous people for much of his life.

The Dr Bill Williams Tjungurrayi Scholarships have been established to support Indigenous students attending The Geelong College. The scholarships are to be supported by an endowment fund, to exist in perpetuity. Donations to scholarship funds of this kind are tax-deductible.

This scholarship program recognises Bill Williams by:

  • Providing a permanent memorial to Bill Williams;
  • Honouring his skin name, Tjungurrayi, given to him by his Kintore family;
  • Supporting Indigenous students, reflecting Bill’s own commitment and passion, and continuing his work in actively addressing Indigenous disadvantage; and,
  • Supporting the education of Indigenous students by investing in their, and our, future.

Thank you for considering a gift to the Dr Bill Williams Tjungurrayi Scholarships. Gifts of all sizes will be greatly appreciated and will help us to achieve our goal to remember Bill and support Indigenous students to attend the College.

If you have any questions, please contact The Geelong College Foundation via email at foundation@geelongcollege.vic.edu.au or by phone on (03) 5226 3779.

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