Graham and Louise Tuckwell have announced Australia's largest personal philanthropic contribution to a university, worth about $200 million over 30 years, to fund a major expansion of the prized Tuckwell Scholarship Program at The Australian National University (ANU).
The funding will come from two iconic new halls of residence at ANU to be built over the next two years, funded by Graham and Louise Tuckwell at a cost of around $100 million.
The expansion also includes construction of a $10 million Scholars House building, which will be the pastoral, academic and social heart of the Tuckwell Scholarship program.
The collegiate-style residences will each house 400 ANU students in the heart of the campus. The new halls will provide students with one of the world's best experiences of living on-campus.
We're watching the exciting announcement of this pop up on media channels all over Australia at the moment, and we couldn't be more proud to watch this great news spread like wild fire. It's always an incredible time to be a Tuckwell Scholar, but today it's not only incredible, it's historical. We are so thrilled to watch this donation make positive contributions to the Australian National University and our Tuckwell Scholars' lives over the next 30 years.
Bravo, Graham and Louise, we applaud and thank you.
You can watch the announcement being made on this live video, posted by ANU.