Saturday, October 21, 2017

$20K scholarship for regional hospitality hopefuls

A lucky young person from regional NSW is about to have his or her dreams of a career in hospitality come true thanks to a $20,000 partnership from AHA NSW and the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS).

AHA NSW and the BMIHMS are currently calling for nominations from across regional and rural NSW for the 2017 Hospitality Scholarship. The $20,000 grant allows the lucky recipient to undertake a 2.5 year Bachelor of Business degree (International Hotel and Resorts Management) at BMIHMS with the money going towards accommodation costs.

“We are proud to give back to our regional communities through this annual scholarship,” AHA NSW CEO John Whelan said.

“Regional hotels are the backbone of their communities and this scholarship for a lucky young person is just one way we acknowledge the important role staff play in our venues right across the state.

“It really is a life changer for young people from the bush, with previous winners coming from areas including Mittagong, Wellington, Grenfell, Griffith, Forster, the Illawarra and Hunter Valley.

“If you are a young person living in a regional area who has just finished (or is about to finish) high school and dreams of a career in hospitality I would urge you to apply now.”

Hopeful entrants keen on a hospitality career can nominate themselves, be nominated by an employer or a community member who thinks they would be a worthy recipient. They can already be working in the industry – or just wanting to start out.

Successful applicants will undergo an interview process in Sydney in early November 2017, with all finalists invited to the Awards for Excellence ceremony on Tuesday, November 21 where the winner will be announced. Applications for the Hospitality scholarship close on Monday, October 16.

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