2018 ANU Tuckwell Scholarship recipients announced

Monday, July 17, 2017 — The Australian National University (ANU) has announced the recipients of the 2018 round of Australia’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarship - the Tuckwell Scholarship.

As scholarship recipients each of the 25 students from around Australia will receive over $21,000 per year towards their studies for up to five years, as well as mentoring from senior ANU leaders and researchers.

The scholarship program was founded in 2013 by philanthropists Graham and Louise Tuckwell.

Graham Tuckwell said he was pleased with the high quality of applications for the 2018 program as well as the diversity among recipients.

“What is particularly pleasing is that we are seeing more really strong applicants from regional and remote parts of Australia,” Mr Tuckwell said.

“The scholarship isn’t just about rewarding academic excellence, it’s about finding those future leaders who are already making valuable contributions to their community even at such a young age.”

Louise Tuckwell said choosing the successful applicants could be an emotional process.

“The panel's task gets harder and harder, and the hardest thing of all for us is knowing that so many deserving applicants will not receive one of these scholarships,” Mrs Tuckwell said.

“Calling the successful applicants is of course the highlight and a privilege indeed.

“Students can be anywhere when they receive the call and we get very excited and often speechless responses. We were nearly deafened by the screams of an excited mother, who had to be 'put in another room' by her daughter so she could hear us,” she said.

ANU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Brian Schmidt AC, praised the Tuckwell Scholarship winners as some of Australia’s brightest scholars who will help take the nation forward into the future.

“The Tuckwell program has very quickly become ingrained in the campus culture of ANU,” Professor Schmidt said.

“Our existing Tuckwell scholars are some of our most active students in terms of community and extracurricular activities, it’s easy to see these young people going on to making a big impact on Australia’s future.”

The Tuckwell Scholarship Program was founded in 2013 and is funded by a generous personal philanthropic contribution worth about $200 million to the University over 30 years.

The philanthropic contribution includes construction of two new halls of residence at ANU and a $10 million Scholars House building, which will be the academic and social heart of the Tuckwell Scholarship program.

The first scholarship recipients began their studies in 2014.

Full list of 2018 Tuckwell Scholarship winners

State

Location

Student name

School name

NSW

Thornleigh

Jocelyn Abbott

Abbotsleigh

NSW

Bensville

Vanessa Divet

Gosford High School

NSW

North Casino

Jacob Ellis

Casino High School

NSW

Castlecrag

Ben Jefferson

Sydney Church of England Grammar School

NSW

East Lindfield

Jonny Lang

Knox Grammar School

NSW

Campsie

Jade Lin

Presbyterian Ladies' College - Sydney

NSW

Coleambally

Ryan Mannes

Coleambally Central School

NSW

Cooks Hill

Lizzy Mee

Merewether High School

NSW

Tamworth

Kelly Russell

Oxley High School

NSW

Wagga Wagga

Renee Selvey

Kooringal High School

NSW

Sydney

Toby Tasker

Cranbrook School

QLD

Belivah

Emily Davidson

Beenleigh State High School

QLD

Bonogin

Kieran Hamley

All Saints Anglican School

QLD

Cedar Grove

Noah Hinds

Flagstone State Community College

QLD

Brisbane

Thomas La

Brisbane Grammar School

QLD

Andergrove

Meghan Malone

Mackay North State High School

QLD

Greenslopes

Harrison Rieck

Villanova College

QLD

Heathwood

Ruby Turner

St Aidan's Anglican Girls School

SA

Bordertown

Gemma Nunn

Bordertown High School

TAS

Sandy Bay

Tom Dunbabin

The Hutchins School

VIC

Melbourne

Ben Durkin

Brighton Grammar School

VIC

Carnegie

Hayley Yates

Sacre Coeur

WA

Mount Hawthorn

Mia Judkins

Perth Modern School

WA

Bibra Lake

Isabel Longbottom

Rossmoyne Senior High School

WA

Perth

Ollie Pulsford

Perth Modern School

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