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November 9, 2018 Business News No Comments Email Email

Fergus Dale

Two Kiwi university students have each received a $4000 boost to help them complete their final year of study and prepare for a fantastic career in the tourism industry.

The recipients of the 2019 Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust (TINZT) Academic Scholarship were announced at today’s Tourism Summit Aotearoa in Wellington. They are:

  • Fergus Dale, University of Otago
  • Moriah Osborne, University of Otago

The scholarships are open to young New Zealanders who are about to commence their final year of tertiary study in a tourism-related course in 2019.

Valued at $4000, each scholarship comprises a $2500 payment towards the recipient’s final year of study in a tourism-related tertiary course, attendance at today’s Tourism Summit Aotearoa, 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.

Fergus and Moriah were present at the Summit to receive their scholarships from TINZT Trustee and TIA Chair Richard Lauder.

“To support our $36 billion industry and help ensure sustainable growth, it’s vital that we attract and retain smart young Kiwis like Fergus and Moriah so that we can offer world-class experiences to our visitors,” says Mr Lauder.

“These academic scholarships are an important way to reinforce to some incredible young talent that tourism offers fantastic job opportunities, and to help kick start their career.”

Mr Lauder says the 2018 scholarships attracted 25 applications from students around the country. Shortlisted candidates were interviewed by a Scholarship Panel before the two winners were selected.

“It was very competitive, 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.”

Moirah Osborne

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