The Tuckwell vision is to see highly talented and motivated school leavers fulfil their potential and reinvest their knowledge, skills and experience in ways that positively benefit others. The program has a focus on giving back to Australia and is the only one of its kind that nurtures Scholars to fulfil their broader community ambitions over and above the pursuit of an undergraduate degree.
Every year, twenty-five Year 12 students from across Australia are invited to take up a place at ANU as Tuckwell Scholars. The scholarship allows them to take full advantage of their time at university, including the many academic, social, cultural, sporting, and leadership opportunities that come with life on campus at ANU. As well as receiving financial support, Scholars take part in the Scholars House program, which includes support and mentoring from academic staff and older Scholars; a variety of enrichment activities such as special lectures; community outreach; social events, and an annual camp.
The Scholarships have been made possible by a donation of $50 million in 2013 from the Graham & Louise Tuckwell Foundation to the ANU; at the time this was the largest-ever single donation from an individual to an Australian university. That contribution has now been more than doubled to be worth around $100 million.