DREAM A REALITY: Hannah Gregory of Gladstone State High is delighted to be a recipient of the 2015 Tuckwell Scholarship in Canberra.
DREAM A REALITY: Hannah Gregory of Gladstone State High is delighted to be a recipient of the 2015 Tuckwell Scholarship in Canberra. Laura Mckee

Gladstone student thrilled to win uni scholarship

FOR Gladstone State High School student Hannah Gregory, receiving a prestigious scholarship at the Australia National University meant a step towards her ultimate goal.

The 17-year-old Year 12 student was honoured when she discovered she was one of four Queenslanders to win the 2015 Tuckwell Scholarship, offered to students across the country for up to five years of study.

The vision behind the scholarship is about helping students make an impact on their community and the world, by offering unique educational opportunities.

Hannah and the 23 other students will receive $22,000 each year towards their studies, and will live in student accommodation at the ANU in Canberra.

She said she was "blown away" when she heard the news following a gruelling interview process.

"I had to do two written applications and a weekend interview in Canberra. There were more than 500 applications," she said.

"A lot of people came out crying. They started nailing you with questions and you only had nine minutes."

Hannah said she tried to be herself in the interview and was shocked when she found out she had succeeded.

Her mother Jacqy was over the moon.

"It's a relief to know that everything is paid for. I am so proud of her," she said.

Hannah said she was even more determined to study hard and achieve her goals.

"I want to work in humanitarian aid and international aid," she said.