ANU honours for Graham and Louise Tuckwell

17 December 2015

It has enabled public recognition of the key ANU values of academic excellence and leadership outside of the classroom.

ANU has honoured philanthropists Graham and Louise Tuckwell, awarding them honorary doctorates for their leadership and contribution to advancing the cause of philanthropy in Australia.

The couple established the transformative Tuckwell Scholarships at ANU, thanks to a $50 million gift to the University in 2012. At the time, the gift was Australia's largest donation to tertiary education.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young AO said the Tuckwell Scholarships program is designed to nurture Australia's most promising undergraduates to stretch themselves beyond just getting a degree.

Up to 25 students a year are awarded Tuckwell Scholarships, worth around $21,700 a year. The first cohort of Tuckwell Scholars began their studies in 2014.

"Tuckwell Scholars are engaged with their communities and are well-rounded citizens. They have drive, determination and a good heart," Professor Young said.

"The value of this gift is not just monetary; it has enabled public recognition of the key ANU values of academic excellence and leadership outside of the classroom."

In March 2015, Mr Tuckwell was awarded the inaugural ANU Alumnus of the Year award for Philanthropy.

The Tuckwells hope their gift will encourage more people to give back to higher education.

"ANU has benefited from the personal involvement of Graham and Louise," Professor Young said.

"They work tirelessly in a voluntary capacity and closely alongside senior staff of the University in implementing the program, travelling twice to the University each year to welcome each commencing class of Scholars, and to participate in the comprehensive selection process for shortlisted applicants."

The Tuckwells said they were delighted to be honoured.

"To be able to come back to ANU and have some additional recognition in this way is just fantastic as far as I'm concerned," said Mr Tuckwell, who holds a Bachelor of Economics with Honours and a Bachelor of Laws from ANU.

Mrs Tuckwell is a graduate of the University of Queensland, but said she was honoured to now be an ANU alumna.

"Before this scholarship I hadn't been here at all. I've got to know it really well in the last few years. I absolutely love the place, so to be an Alumna is a real honour," she said.

Chancellor Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC conferred Mr and Mrs Tuckwell with the Degree of Doctor of the University, honoris causa.

Information on the Tuckwell Scholarships is available on http://tuckwell.anu.edu.au/.