Meet Jade. A commitment to your community is an integral part of being a Tuckwell scholar. From the road you grew up on to the state or territory you live in, we all have a part to play in creating a strong and inclusive community for all Australians. For Jade Lin, her education and the Tuckwell scholarship are a key part of how she can give back.
“I grew up in a very multicultural and very interesting community. My dad is a tradie and my mum is a housewife.
“As a kid I was very interested in my education. I saw my education not as a way out but as a way I could ensure I lived a good and happy and comfortable life.”
The Tuckwell scholarship gives scholars like Jade, a chance to see the world from new perspectives. She thought life in the corporate world was part of her future, but interview week changed that.
“I came down and spoke to some scholars at interview weekend and I took a step back and thought there is something about all of you that I would like to be someday.”
“I just thought it’s not really about the money, it’s about the person I am going to become and that is such a unique opportunity.“
Part of the opportunity Tuckwell provides is the ability to build friendships across a broad spectrum of ideas. The diversity of the Tuckwell scholars challenges them all to engage with each other's perspectives.
“The scholars are really fun; they are really interesting people and each have such a different sense of humour. Learning to get along with such a diverse set of people and the value what they bring is something I think we will all take with us wherever we go.“
The inclusivity that each scholar develops is a key part of building an identity based on giving back to the Australian community.
“Being at the ANU, being a beneficiary of such philanthropy, I can’t ignore all of the responsibilities and the weight of the opportunities that have been given to me. It’s a really positive thing that my life has been imbued with some kind of duty to give something to the world.“
The Tuckwell Scholarship Program is the most transformational undergraduate scholarship program in Australia. Could you be the next Tuckwell? Find out.