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Pimlico Student Receives Tuckwell Scholarship


​Pimlico State High School Year 12 student, Riley Smithers, has received the highly prized Australian National University (ANU) Tuckwell Scholarship for 2019.

The Tuckwell Scholarship was first funded in 2013 by philanthropist Graham and Louise Tuckwell.  Every year, 25 Tuckwell Scholarships are awarded to highly talented and motivated school leavers from around the country who are planning to study at ANU, to help them fulfil their potential and reinvest their knowledge, skill and experience in ways that positively benefit others.

Riley was at first surprised and amazed to be one of the recipients.

“I am really excited for the opportunity to study at the ANU and be a part of the Tuckwell Scholarship Program,” said Riley.

“I hope to study International relations and law at the ANU and maybe pursue a career in foreign relations or the United Nations.  The Scholarship will provide the opportunity to do that and live in Canberra without any burdens.

“It will also give me the opportunity to establish connections with people from across Australia and the world that will benefit me in the future.”

The successful recipients go through quite a challenging application process to become a Tuckwell Scholar. Following assessment of written applications, a shortlist of 75 applicants are interviewed in Canberra.

“The second stage was a bit more challenging as the questions were aimed at determining my values and personality.” Said Riley.

“The final stage in Canberra involved a series of short and intense interviews with the selection panel, to see if I had the qualities of a Tuckwell Scholar.”

Scholarship recipients will receive over $21,000 per year for up to five years for their study costs and participate in a program of academic and social enrichment designed by current Tuckwell Scholars.