BGS Year 12 student Callum Dargavel has been offered a Tuckwell Scholarship to the Australian National University (ANU) next year, widely regarded as the most difficult scholarship to obtain in the country.
The Graham & Louise Tuckwell Foundation was established by the Tuckwells to help young people reach their potential and achieve their ambitions, with the Tuckwell Scholarship part of their vision and passion for the transformative impact of education.
“This program is designed to be the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship in Australia, for a group of students and alumni that will build over time and who will inspire and support each other to achieve great things,” Mr Tuckwell said.
Callum was one of just 25 students across Australia to be offered a Tuckwell Scholarship, successfully progressing through an arduous three-stage application process. An initial 700 applications were cut down to 230 for stage two, with that number cut to 69 for the stage three interview weekend, before the final 25 students were selected.
Callum said he’s excited about his move to ANU in Canberra in February next year and hopeful of following in the philanthropic footsteps of the Tuckwells.
“It’s not necessarily giving money, but about giving back at some point in some way,” he said. “I personally have a number of issues I am very passionate about, like gender equality and mental health.”
Year 12 Head of Year Simon Conway said he was proud of Callum’s achievement, but not surprised. “As a school prefect, Callum has always worked tirelessly to achieve across multiple areas at BGS,” he said. “His journey has been marked with academic success and he has been a wonderful leader of the debating community.”
“Callum is a great example of what can be achieved when hard work and determination meets opportunity, clearly having taken advantage of some of the many opportunities that exist at BGS,” Mr Conway said.
“As a school community, we celebrate Callum’s achievement and wish him every success as he engages in his tertiary studies at ANU next year.”
Tuckwell Scholarship Program
- The Scholarships were made possible by two donations totalling $150 million from the Graham & Louise Tuckwell Foundation to ANU.
- Aims to offer the most transformational undergraduate scholarship in Australia, providing financial support but also helping its students make an impact at a local and global level by offering unique educational opportunities and personal experiences.
- It is not just about intellect, but also about the desire and determination to use your natural abilities to realise your full potential so that you can make a difference in the world.