William Colhoun Scholarships

Who Was William Colhoun?

Solothurn honours the memory of William Alistair Millington Beresford Colhoun (1925 – 2003), the Managing Director’s grandfather.

A beautiful, generous man, dearly beloved by family, friends and colleagues; “Bill” as he was affectionately known, spent his early years in St Kilda in Victoria, before his mother died of tuberculosis when he was only 8 years old. This had a profound impact on him and the course of his life.

After active service in WWII, he returned to Australia where he soon married the love of his life – Barbara Faye Turner. They had three beautiful daughters – Kerrie, Robyn and Leisa.

Pursuing a lifelong commitment to helping those in need; with his wife Barbara; they were active in a number of local church and community groups and founded “Shamah” – one of Brisbane’s early “men’s shelters” for alcoholic and homeless men in the early 1980s.

Bill also had a successful career with Norco – an iconic Australian country-based supplier of dairy products. The family moved with Bill’s work, being based in Lismore, Mackay and finally Brisbane. Bill and his wife later retired to the Sunshine Coast, where he nurtured both his family and a beautiful garden with views out over the Bli Bli canefields which he loved to watch burning off under a summer night sky.

All who met him commented on his warmth, his genuineness and his lovely larrikin nature. He was a true Aussie gentleman who touched many lives.
Solothurn builds on Bill’s vision of a place of retreat and healing and is the realisation of his lasting legacy.

How Does the Scholarship Work?

If you are successful in receiving a scholarship, you will need to contribute a negotiated proportion of your Centrelink benefits towards the costs of the program for the duration of your stay (usually 80%).

The balance will be fully subsidised and you will receive access to the same range of treatments and services as full fee paying guests.

How Will I Find Out If I am Successful?

All applicants will receive an acknowledgement e-mail to confirm that their application has been received. Due to the high volume of applications, we generally only conduct four intakes per year.

Generally, you can expect to wait up between 2 to 4 months to find out if you have been successful. We appreciate that most people need faster access to support and we encourage you to still pursue other more immediate support options.

If you are advised you are unsuccessful, no further correspondence will be entered in to in relation to your application.

william colhoun with baby chris