Two tertiary students have each received a $4500 boost to help them complete their final year of study and prepare for their prospective careers in the tourism industry.
The recipients of the 2019 Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust Academic Scholarship were announced at the 2019 Tourism Summit Aotearoa in Wellington.
The scholarships were awarded to:
Rochelle Tait, Victoria University of Wellington
Ashlee Reader, New Zealand School of Tourism
The scholarships are open to young New Zealanders about to commence their final year of tertiary study in a tourism-related course in 2020. For the first year since their conception in 2015, the two scholarships were split between one applicant completing level 4-6 qualifications and one completing level 7 and above.
Valued at $4500, each scholarship comprises a $2500 payment towards the recipient’s final year of study in a tourism-related tertiary course, along with attendance at Tourism Summit Aotearoa. The recipients will also receive a day of placement and networking with Wellington-based tourism operators and organisations, a TIA mentor, and continued support from TIA post-study to encourage industry engagement.
"To support our industry and help ensure sustainable growth, it’s vital that we attract and retain smart young Kiwis like Rochelle and Ashlee so that we can continue to offer world-class experiences to our visitors,” says TINZT Trustee Richard Lauder.
“These academic scholarships are an important way of reinforcing to some incredible young talent that tourism offers fantastic job opportunities. The prize will help kick-start their careers.”
Mr Lauder says the 2019 scholarships attracted applications from students all over the country. Shortlisted candidates were interviewed by a Scholarship Panel before the two winners were selected.
“This year’s scholarships were hotly contested, but our two winners stood out as having the academic and personal qualities our industry is seeking. They both demonstrated an excellent understanding of the industry and will be outstanding ambassadors for the TINZT scholarship programme. We look forward to welcoming them to the industry when they graduate next year.”
About the winners
Rochelle’s interest in tourism was sparked at a young age, thanks to frequent family caravan trips across New Zealand. Now studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce at Victoria University of Wellington, Rochelle plans to develop a tourism career in marketing, creating campaigns that capture the natural beauty of New Zealand whilst educating others about sustainable tourism. She is particularly interested in using marketing as a tool to develop community engagement and reduce visitor impact on the land.
Studying a Diploma in Tourism and Travel Management at the New Zealand School of Tourism, Ashlee’s compassionate nature initially drew her to the tourism industry. She aspires to help others find excitement and enjoyment through travel, either as a travel agent or in an outdoors tourism role. Ashlee particularly looks forward to working in a growing industry that offers opportunities to meet people from different cultures.
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Read what past Scholarship winners had to say:
"The scholarship has been fantastic. Not only has it helped me get ahead financially, it has also given me a chance to spend time learning more about the industry."
Georgia McLean, studying a tourism management degree at Victoria University of Wellington
“Winning the TINZT scholarship has allowed me to meet some inspirational people who work in the tourism industry, which has motivated me to work harder at my tertiary education as I want to work with them in the future.”
Samantha McGhie, studying a Bachelor of Management Studies, majoring in marketing, at the University of Waikato
“Being one of the recipients of this scholarship has helped hugely with my studies, giving me the motivation to achieve my goals.”
Aleesha Crouch, studying for a WINTEC certificate in Tourism and an International City & Guilds Diploma