Two tertiary students have each received a $4,500 boost to help them complete their final year of study and prepare for their prospective careers in the tourism industry.
The recipients of the 2021 Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust Academic Scholarship were announced at the Tourism Summit Aotearoa in Wellington.
The scholarships were awarded to Alexia Williams (New Zealand School of Tourism) and Sophie Galletly (WelTec).
The scholarships are open to young New Zealanders about to commence their final year of tertiary study in a tourism-related course in 2021.
Valued at $4,500 each, the scholarships comprise a $2,500 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 attend a TIA hosted development and networking day with Wellington-based tourism operators and organisations, be provided with a TIA mentor and continued support from TIA post-study to encourage industry engagement.
"The importance of attracting and retaining a strong and capable workforce has never been more important to the tourism industry," said Grainne Troute, TINZT Chair and TIA Chair.
"I'm honoured to have awarded this scholarship to such smart young Kiwis. It gives me faith in the sustainable future of the industry."
Academic scholarships are an important way of reinforcing to some incredible young talent that tourism still offers fantastic job opportunities.
Scholarships like these attract applications from students all over the country. Shortlisted candidates who were interviewed by a Scholarship Panel before the two winners were selected. This year's scholarships were hotly contested, but the 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."
Alexia Williams of Cambridge is studying towards a Tourism and Travel Diploma at the New Zealand School of Tourism. Having spent several years involved in local community organisations like Kohanga Reo, Williams is approaching tourism well-grounded in kaupapa Maori and aspires to use these skills in her future career in the industry.
Sophie Galletly of Upper Hutt is studying towards a Diploma in Tourism Travel at WelTec. Despite only finishing college last year, she has extended her record of achievement, topping her current cohort and earning a place amongst the highest achieving students of the past five years.