‘Most prestigious undergraduate scholarship launched’

The Australian National University (ANU) has launched the Tuckwell Scholarship program, offering $20,000 per annum for up to five years to school leavers committed to making a difference in their communities.
A total of 25 Tuckwell Scholarships each year will be given to year 12 and gap-year students aged 17-20 planning to study at ANU, and who have a minimum ATAR of 95. Other selection criteria include demonstrated academic or other achievements, as well as personal attributes such as resilience, self-discipline and the ability to think laterally.
ANU alumnus Graham Tuckwell and his wife Louise have funded the scholarship with a $50 million donation through the Graham & Louise Tuckwell Foundation. It represents the largest-ever donation to an Australian university from an individual.  
The scholarship is to cover expenses such as on-campus accommodation and living costs. Additional financial support will also be given to recipients for travel back to their homes twice a year, and for an ANU Sports Centre membership as long as they are studying in the University.
Associate Professor Paul Compston, ANU’s acting pro vice-chancellor (student experience), said the university welcomed applications from students of diverse backgrounds and from all around the country.
“An unrivalled characteristic of the ANU experience is the extent to which students are immersed in an intellectually stimulating and supportive community,” he said. “This is due to the intimacy of the ANU campus life, the research-led education programs and the proximity to government.
“As articulated in Graham and Louise Tuckwell’s vision, the Tuckwell Scholars should demonstrate a unique mix of academic potential and personal attributes that will further enhance the ANU experience for the benefit of the Scholars and their fellow students.
“The ANU now welcomes applications from students across Australia who believe they have the attributes.”
See tuckwell.anu.edu.au for more information.

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