The Bullwinkel Scholars Program - Winter Appeal 2024

Preserve their legacy - Donate to the Bullwinkel Scholars Program today

The ACN Foundation and its generous donors proudly support The Bullwinkel Scholars Program, securing perpetual scholarships for Australian nurses. This initiative empowers future nursing leaders, enhancing their skills to better support colleagues and patients nationwide, ensuring a lasting impact on the health care industry across Australia.

The Bullwinkel Scholars program was created to honour the memory of 21 Australian nurses who died at the Bangka Island massacre on the 16th of February 1942, and Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Bullwinkel, AO, MBE, ARRC, ED, FNM, FRCNA, the sole survivor of this tragic event.

Vivian advocated for better education and conditions for nurses, established the Australian Nurses’ Memorial Centre, and served as President of the Royal College of Nursing, now the Australian College of Nursing. The College's Foundation continues her legacy by offering scholarships to inspire passionate young nurses in Australia.

Your tax-deductible donation ensures the continuation of the Bullwinkel Scholars Program, empowering exceptional Australian nurses with leadership opportunities to advance the next generation and strengthen Australian healthcare.

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About the Bullwinkel Scholars Program

The Bullwinkel Scholars Program equip nurses with the leadership skills required to ensure the nursing voice is represented at the at every table where healthcare decisions are being made.

The scholarships will once again open in September and the second group of nursing recipients will be announced on 16 February 2025.

On-going support of this project will help to recognise the bravery and leadership of these Australian nurses who made a sacrifice for their country, and to support the development of future nursing leaders.

You can donate either as an individual or as an organisation. Upon making a donation, we will ensure you are emailed a gift receipt.

For more information or queries, please contact the Australian College of Nursing Foundation on 1800 061 660 or email

Help keep the memory of the Bangka Island nurses alive

To learn more about each of these nurses, read ACN's NurseClick article Meet the Bangka Island Nurses.

Thank you for being inspired!

The Bullwinkel Scholars Program aims to inspire generations and commemorate all nurses and midwives and remind us of their contributions of selfless service to Australia.

These nursing scholarships in the names of the 21 Australian nurses who died at Bangka island will inspire younger generations of nurses to lead their own contemporary journey in providing exceptional skilled healthcare for all Australians.

We are appreciative of your taking the time to making a donation to this inspirational initiative.

The Bullwinkel Project Winter Appeal 2024

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