Three talented Western Sydney University students were today announced as recipients of the inaugural Sydney Airport Scholarship.
Sydney Airport is providing Bachelor of Tourism Management students Alexandra Hall from Lidcombe, Jessica Howlett from Boorowa and Danielle Catherine Hazell from Werrington Downs with $7,500 per year for the duration of their degrees.
At a special event at Sydney Airport the students met Sydney Airport managing director and chief executive officer Kerrie Mather and other senior airport staff to discuss their career aspirations in the tourism industry.
“It’s fantastic to help these inspiring students through their tourism studies in partnership with Western Sydney University,” Ms Mather said.
“Sydney Airport is focused on growing tourism in Sydney and NSW, and our scholarship program is designed to support the growth and development of promising tourism students in Western Sydney.
“The future Western Sydney Airport and growth of the associated tourism industry in this area will require innovative and skilled leaders.
“These talented students have demonstrated their very strong potential to make their mark on the tourism industry through commitment to their studies, involvement in extra projects and work experience.”
The Bachelor of Tourism Management is a multidisciplinary program, offering courses in both social science and business. Graduates are equipped with the flexibility, knowledge and skills needed for a wide range of careers in tourism.
“Western Sydney University is developing the business and industry leaders of tomorrow,” said Vice-Chancellor, Professor Barney Glover.
“It is always pleasing to partner with organisations that have the foresight to support higher education as an investment in the future. We look forward to working with Sydney Airport to make a lasting contribution to Western Sydney.”
The Sydney Airport Scholarship is helping the three recipients prepare for life beyond university.
“Western Sydney University is grateful for this partnership with Sydney Airport as it allows students considering careers in tourism planning and business management more freedom to concentrate on not just their studies, but also begin to plan their future,” Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Western Sydney University, Professor Kevin Dunn said.
“Tourism Management focuses on the sustainability of tourism, including social and environmental outcomes, as well as being a viable business. Our students are proficient in the sustainable management of tourism.
“The University is ideally positioned within the innovation hub of Western Sydney, and with the Federal Government’s proposal for a second airport for this region, the future looks promising for our graduates.
“Providing greater work opportunities within this region will enhance our students’ training and the abilities of our graduates as future leaders within Western Sydney and the Australian tourism industry.”
The university’s scholarship program complements Sydney Airport’s commitment to growing tourism and supporting the community. In 2014, Sydney Airport invested close to $1.5 million in the local community.
Information on how to apply for 2016 scholarships will be available later this year from Western Sydney University.