Living in regional and remote areas and pursing university study often means limited study choices. Options are often more limited for those wanting to pursue a career in hotel management. To undertake further study means moving away from home, generally to the city. With this comes significant costs and change, including moving out of home for the first time.
Each year, in conjunction with the Australian Hotel Association (AHA) NSW, Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS) at Torrens University offers a $20,000 scholarship to a Year 12 student from regional NSW. Allowing them to commence with BMIHMS at Leura Campus, studying the Bachelor of Business (International Hotel and Resort Management) degree. The scholarship assists with the cost of accommodation and living expenses, giving opportunity to those who ordinarily may not be able to access quality hospitality education.
Earlier in November, the top four finalists for the 2017 AHA NSW Hospitality Scholarship travelled to Sydney for their second round panel interviews. The four finalists were selected from eleven strong applicants, based on their passion for the industry, performance at school – both academically and in their extracurricular activities, and potential to become a BMIHMS at Torrens University student.
The 2017 finalists travelled from Wollongong, Tamworth, Wellington and Narromine to meet the judges. As with previous years, the calibre of applicants was again extremely impressive, making it difficult to select a winner.
“Throughout each interview it was very clear that each the finalists had three qualities in common that we (the judges) were looking for; an immense passion for the hospitality industry, the attributes of a future leader, and an understanding of the universal language of hospitality – quality service.”
“Having worked various jobs in cafes and restaurants, and studied Hospitality as part of their HSC, the finalists already have a great appreciation for the industry and the joy it can bring to people.”, said Lousie O’Sullivan, Head of Marketing – Hospitality at Torrens University
BMIHMS has a strong connection to regional NSW, with many of the school’s notable alumni originating from areas outside metro cities. It is important to recognize the potential of students who live in regional areas, fostering their passion and talent, so they have the same opportunities as their counterparts in bigger cities.
The winner will be announced at the AHA NSW’s annual Awards of Excellence on Tuesday 21st November at the STAR.