ROSSMOYNE Senior High School student Isabel Longbottom is one of only 25 students in Australia to receive a 2018 Australian National University (ANU) Tuckwell Scholarship.
As a scholarship recipient, Isabel will receive more than $21,000 a year towards her studies for up to five years, as well as mentoring from senior ANU leaders and researchers.
Isabel is one of three students from WA to be selected.
The 17-year-old from Bibra Lake is now gearing up to sit her Australian Tertiary Admission Rank exams in November, where she must achieve a score of 95 or above to qualify for the scholarship.
While still unsure about what she wants to do after university, Isabel said she was thinking of studying physics and mathematics.
“I’d kind of like to study space, maybe astrophysics or something like that,” she said.
She said she enjoyed learning and when asked about study tips, she believed the key was to understand the concepts being taught.
“It is not really about exams and tests. Obviously it is better to get good scores than to get bad ones, but it is more about just wanting to make sure you understand it,” she said.
The scholarship program was founded in 2013 by philanthropists Graham and Louise Tuckwell.
Mr Tuckwell said he was pleased with the high quality of applications for the 2018 program, as well as the diversity among recipients.