Three Kiwi school-leavers planning a career in tourism have each got a $2500 financial boost as the recipients of the 2018 Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust (TINZT) Academic Scholarships.
The scholarship winners were announced at Tourism Summit Aotearoa in Wellington. They are:
- Emily Christie, Fiordland College, Te Anau
- Holly Greene, Palmerston North Girls High School
- Reuben Keyes, Rangiora High School
The scholarships are open to young New Zealanders who have completed NCEA Level 2 and are due to start tourism related tertiary study.
Holly and Reuben were present at the Summit to receive their scholarships from TINZT Chair Grant Webster. Ensuring tourism businesses attract and retain staff with the right skills and attitude is a top priority for New Zealand’s $34.7 billion tourism industry, Mr Webster said.
“Given the record results the industry is achieving and the strong projected growth, it’s vital we are attracting enough people with the right skills to work in tourism. These academic scholarships are an important way we can encourage savvy young Kiwis to pursue a career in tourism.”
Mr Webster said the 2017 scholarships attracted more than 40 applications from students around the country. Shortlisted candidates were interviewed by a Scholarship Panel and three winners selected.
“It was very competitive, but our three winners stood out as having the academic and personal qualities our industry is seeking. They are all extremely able and ambitious individuals who will be a great asset to the tourism workforce when they graduate from their chosen tertiary study programme.”