The ANU Tuckwell Scholars have met with Australia's Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), and Lady Cosgrove at Government House.
Sir Peter said he and Lady Cosgrove were delighted to continue their association with the Tuckwell Scholarship Program by hosting a reception for Scholars at Government House, recalling Scholars' first visit to Government House in 2015, when there were just over 40 Scholars.
Now in its fifth year, the program currently supports 110 Tuckwell Scholars at various stages of their undergraduate degrees, and has a small, but growing number of Alumni as each Semester passes. Sir Peter noted that his term as Governor General would soon be coming to an end, but that he was confident that future Governor Generals would share his enthusiasm to welcome Tuckwell Scholars back to Government House.
Following Sir Peter's formal welcome, he and Lady Cosgrove circulated amongst Scholars, engaging in lively conversations about life and study at the ANU.
Fourth year Scholar, Jeevan Haikerwal, reflected on the occasion, noting its significance in his concept of what it is to be an Australian: "I think all Scholars emerged with a reinforcement of the duty all citizens have to perform our individual roles as best we can. Not only for a conception of 'nation', but also for the complex web of people who make up the country; who give to, and rely on, one another in this network."