Tuckwell Scholarship program at ANU – Advice to applicants

Tuckwell Scholarship program at ANU – Advice to applicants

September 24, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


This is a national
scholarship program. Where we’re aiming to get students
from all around Australia to bring them together in
Australia’s best university: ANU. Graham and Louise are very
clear that the gift is about… …not only developing quality, but it’s also about allowing students
to achieve their full potential. For those students who
receive the scholarships, it gives them an opportunity
to be educated in a world class environment and that will set them up
for their future careers. The university very much sees
that delivering on those things is also critically part of our mission. We want to be able to attract
the best and brightest students to this university; we want to be able to educate
them in an environment which is second to none, particularly giving them
a residential experience, an opportunity to interact
with their peers. All those things, the full rounded education
which enables students to do a whole host of
extracurricular activities as well as their academic activities will deliver the sort of education
that Graham and Louise envisage. The program has been
funded to run in perpetuity, offering initially 25
scholarships a year. In selecting Tuckwell scholars we will be seeking to… …achieve what I would call
a balanced class. In other words, students of different gender, students from different
family backgrounds, students from different states, from the country, and the city, and students with different
academic interests. But all brought together by a common desire
to achieve and to help each other achieve. Yes it is a generous
scholarship program but it’s not a cushy life. The individuals
that we’re targeting will already have worked hard, and they are the sort of people who will want to work
even harder going forward for themselves
and for others around them. This scholarship is very
much directed at students who are firstly academically able, and have shown
through their actions that they want to
contribute to society. The main piece of advice
I’d give to people applying is: be yourself, give us your story
in your words because we want
to hear it from you. We’re not trying to choose
any particular characteristics; we’re trying to choose character. The commitment we’re looking
for from a Tuckwell scholar is to fully develop as a person, for the benefit of themselves, and for the benefit of others
throughout university. Clearly there’s a certain amount
of good quality academic work that’s got to be done, but equally you’ve got
to enjoy yourself and to develop as an individual, interact with other people, feed off each other, enjoy the experience and continue to enjoy life
going forward as a result.