Mary Parker

29 July 2020

I definitely had my eye on the prize

Meet Mary. For many students across Australia scholarships are a key part getting the education they aspire to. Mary Parker knew that she wanted to study at ANU but the Tuckwell scholarship made it a reality. 

“I definitely had my eye on the prize when it came to university and getting good grades.”  

Despite a clear vision of the future she saw for herself, other factors could have prevented Mary from pursuing the career she wanted as a lawyer in the social justice sector. 

“Tuckwell came on my radar because I became aware that my parents may not be able to fund me going to university and living in a different city.” 

“I started googling scholarships and came across Tuckwell, so in Year 12 I knew it was what I wanted to aim for.” 

“I thought “I am going to ANU” 

For Mary the Tuckwell scholarship was much more than a chance to be part of a prestigious program. 

“It’s hard to put into words how the scholarship has changed my life. My life could have gone in a completely different direction that would never have gotten to go to college or make the friends I have or the job opportunities I’ve been given.” 

We challenge every Tuckwell scholars to use their education to give back to the Australian community and change the world for the better.  

“We’ve all been inspired to look at how we can take the education that we have been given and use it in a way that will be giving back to the Australian community. “ 

“I think I could make a difference going back to my community and working in women’s legal services I really believe that there are lots of women out there that need assistance and the legal sector is a really good way to help them. As well as, Aboriginal legal services and things like native title ensuring people have access to their land and language and culture. There are heaps of groups up north doing stuff like that and I’d really like to be a part of that” 

The Tuckwell Scholarship Program is the most transformational undergraduate scholarship program in Australia. Could you be the next Tuckwell? Find out.

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