We sat down with 2022 School Co-Captain and Tuckwell Scholarship recipient, Molly.

The scholarship, offered by the Australian National University (ANU), recognises outstanding potential and provides a platform for the recipients to shape their futures in impactful ways. Molly sheds light on her experience with the application process, her aspirations, and the excitement she holds for the next chapter of her life.

What was the application process like?

The application process started with a written application with standard questions about myself and my schooling, which was followed by a shortlisting and then another stage of more in depth questions to get to know me and my values. I was then invited to attend an in-person interview weekend in Canberra over the school holidays, which was such a great experience. The interview itself lasted one hour and was very challenging but also highly enjoyable. I got to meet so many incredible people and made many friends from all around Australia, and I also did tours of ANU and its residences as well as a tour of Canberra. The weekend made me so excited to study at ANU and was an amazing experience that made me super excited for next year.

What will you be studying at ANU?

I will be studying the Flexible Double Degree of the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and the Bachelor of International Relations.

What are you looking forward to in Canberra, and what are some challenges you think you may face?

I am extremely excited to experience living on campus, and all the events and activities that come with it. I also can’t wait to meet so many people and discover a new city! I am really looking forward to the course itself as well as the scholarship program, as it entails a lot more than just funding. I think that moving out of home straight out of high school will come with some challenges such as homesickness and a lot of new responsibility for myself, but I’m very excited to undertake this opportunity.

What are your current career aspirations?

Currently the career field of diplomacy is very interesting to me, as my true career aspiration is to create meaningful change and I think that international relations is an area where I can achieve that. I’m passionate about advocacy and equality and I hope that my communication and passion can help improve the world!

Advice for other students thinking about applying for scholarships?

My advice to other students thinking about applying for scholarships is to just apply. There is quite literally nothing to lose, and you never know what will happen, regardless of how doubtful you are that you will get it. I would suggest actively searching for the scholarships online and asking people the school and people you know for any opportunities, because you can’t apply if you don’t know about the scholarship in the first place!

Anything you’d like to add?

I would like to thank the entire Korowa community, both staff and students for helping me reach this opportunity. My year level are the most supportive and amazing group of people and I’m so grateful for them. Thank you to my teachers and the school for always pushing me to try my hardest and providing me with so many incredible opportunities, as well as being extremely supportive.