Applications open for Australia’s most transformational scholarship


The Australian National University (ANU) is seeking applications from highly talented and motivated school leavers for the first cohort of the Tuckwell Scholarship Program.

The focus of the Program is not only on students’ intellect but also on their natural abilities and drive to make a difference in the world. The selection panel is looking for candidates who have a desire to give back to Australia and who demonstrate a broad range of Tuckwell attributes that are underpinned by integrity, humility and generosity.

Supported through the generosity of the Graham & Louise Tuckwell Foundation, the Program will award 25 students each year $20,000 per annum (increasing with inflation) for the length of their undergraduate degree at ANU for expenses such as those associated with accommodation and living.

The Tuckwells expect every Scholar to “fully develop as a person for the benefit of themselves and for the benefit of others throughout university”. In order to do this, they believe Tuckwell Scholars need to interact with other like-minded people, feed off each other and enjoy the educational experience.

The Program has been designed to do just this, with Tuckwell Scholars becoming part of a community with access to a dedicated network of academic leaders and mentors in Scholars House. Scholars will also live in on-campus residential accommodation, and become part of a close-knit group of students who enjoy a unique campus residential experience.

In choosing each cohort of Scholars, the Tuckwells hope to select a diverse range of young students – ensuring that the impact of the Program reaches far and wide into different disciplines, industries and corners of society.

“The Scholars will be from a broad range of backgrounds and interests and they will be developing these interests in different ways; some may be undertaking academic medical research, or working in finance or on social outcomes, all of which are important. The common thread is interacting and giving back,” says Mr Tuckwell .

With this common thread in mind, the Tuckwells think it is important that Scholars be chosen not only for their academic merit but also for their commitment to their community and their willingness to give back. The selection panel will consider four main criteria: academic potential and achievements to date; other significant achievements to date, of any type; demonstration of Tuckwell Scholar attributes; and a desire to eventually give back to Australia.

Applications close on 2 April.

Read more about the application process.

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