Year 12 Student Receives Prestigious Scholarship - Cranbrook School

Year 12 Student Receives Prestigious Scholarship

29 Jul 21 by Cranbrook Communications

Year 12 student Josh Abelev has this week been awarded a prestigious scholarship just months after topping the State in HSC Maths Advanced.

Josh is one of just 25 students from over 1100 applicants to receive a Tuckwell scholarship to study at ANU in Canberra next year. The 17-year-old placed first in Maths Advanced last year as an accelerant Year 11 student and the scholarship is a major boost as he prepares to sit his HSC in the coming months. The Tuckwell Scholarship Program – now in its ninth year – aims to give talented youngsters from a range of backgrounds the chance to realise their potential by providing financial support, personal enrichment and development opportunities. Scholars are selected on the basis of intellect, character, leadership and their commitment to Australia.

“Having known about a previous Cranbrookian who received the scholarship, it ignited my curiosity into what it was all about,” Josh said, adding that his experiences at Cranbrook were crucial to his successful application for the scholarship.

“I owe so much about what I wrote in this application to my time at Cranbrook – the place which facilitated the activities and memories which have come to shape my identity. I found that when I was writing about myself, that I have been shaped by the balanced education I have received at Cranbrook. I was able to write about all of the co-curricular and academic experiences I have experienced here, such as debating, sport, my incredible teachers and their passion for learning. 

“Cranbrook celebrates this vision of a well-rounded education, something the scholarship was very focused on. The opportunity to undertake leadership roles such as being a Prefect and Head of House allowed me to develop actively in these areas and provided me with experiences to draw upon in my application.

“Cranbrook has also fostered a sense of service in me, giving me the chance to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and various initiatives geared towards both the School community and my local area,” Josh said.

He was keen to acknowledge the role teachers at Cranbrook School have played in his development over the last six years.

“I am so grateful to have had such incredible and inspirational teachers who have ignited my passion for learning, making the classroom environment worth coming to School for each day. It has truly instilled in me an appreciation for what role a good teacher can play in motivating me to achieve my best,” he said.

Josh is passionate about a career in medicine although he is currently undecided about what his final undergraduate degree will be.

“At this stage, I am planning on studying the PhB Science degree, which is basically a research degree with a focus on all areas of science. But since I still have a little bit of flexibility, I am still considering engineering too.”

Commenting on Josh’s scholarship success, Nicholas Sampson, Headmaster, said: “I am immensely proud of Josh’s achievement. Josh is a diligent and exceptional scholar. This scholarship is testament to his dedication to his education and we wish him every success at ANU and beyond.”

The Tuckwell Scholarship offers funding to students for five years of full time study and there are now more than 70 alumni working worldwide. The program’s Co-founder Dr Louise Tuckwell said: "We are thrilled to have selected another group of extraordinary Year 12 students from around the country. The accomplishments, dynamism, and commitment of these candidates are inspiring and we look forward to supporting their bright futures at ANU."