The Australian National University (ANU) has announced the recipients of the 2016 round of the prestigious Tuckwell Scholarships.
As reciepients of the Graham and Louise Tuckwell Foundation scholarships, the 25 students from around Australia will receive $21,700 each year towards their studies. Support will also include academic and career mentoring.
The Tuckwell Scholarship Program was established through a $50 million donation by ANU alumnus Graham Tuckwell and his wife Louise in February 2013. The first scholarship recipients started their studies in 2014.
Mr Tuckwell said it was so good to see the number of high quality applications from country state schools, reflecting that word about the program has reached those areas.
"Momentum continues to build in the total number of scholars and we are now starting to see some mentoring across year levels and the expansion of a real Tuckwell community," Mr Tuckwell said.
Scholarship reciepient James Hayne of East Melbourne is School Captain of Melbourne High School and a leader at Waratah Beach Surf Life Saving Club. He plans to study philosophy, politics and economics and hoped to use the scholarship to give back to people in need.
"It's really important to give back to the community, to the people who need it most. We live in a world where inequality is rife. I think it is really important to try and work to alleviate that," he said.
"I chose these three subjects because together they work together to drive a broad picture of the world, with ideas that will be important to Australia and the world in the future."
"The ANU is an absolute world leader in many ways through its exchange program and its breadth," he said.
ANU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Young AO, praised the Tuckwell Scholarship winners as not only some of Australia's brightest scholars, but also students who demonstrated a commitment to giving back to the community.
"There was an outstanding pool of applicants this year," Professor Young said.
"I'm excited to be welcoming all of the Tuckwell scholarship recipients on to campus and looking forward to the contribution they will make to the ANU."
Scholarship recipients will live in ANU student accommodation and be encouraged to pursue community service and extracurricular activities.
The full list of Tuckwell Scholarship Program winners can be found here.