The Tuckwell Scholarship at ANU
In 2012, Graham and Louise Tuckwell began to discuss their idea for a major tertiary scholarship program with a member of the Council at The Australian National University (ANU), Dr. Vince Fitzgerald. The idea evolved through a comprehensive development program with ANU. Graham and Louise are passionate about education and so it was fitting that it became the beneficiary of the first significant donation.
The Tuckwell Scholarship at ANU was launched in February 2013 through a gift of $50 million from the Graham & Louise Tuckwell Foundation. This currently represents the largest ever philanthropic donation to an Australian tertiary education program of its kind.
The Scholarship establishes a vision whereby exceptionally gifted school leavers are given an opportunity to access one of the finest universities in Australia. In taking up the scholarship, young Australians are thus encouraged to reinvest their experience - and the spirit of the original donation – into activities through which, by applying their intellect, character and commitment, they will inspire and help others in the future.
“We want to create a self-perpetuating model where the kids that benefit will come back as mentors and advisors and, if their life turns out well financially, as donors themselves.”
Graham Tuckwell speaking in Business Review Weekly, August 2012
The Foundation has also provided a donation to the Education Building Fund for the St. Columb's Anglican Church Hall in Hawthorn, Victoria.
Graham and Louise are passionate about education