Alexia Williams, a student at New Zealand School of Tourism, was one of two recipients of the 2021 Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust Academic Scholarship which were announced at the Tourism Summit Aotearoa in Wellington.
Through the scholarship, Alexia will receive a $4,500 boost to help her complete their final year of study and prepare for their prospective careers in the tourism industry.
The scholarships comprise a $2,500 payment towards the recipient’s final year of study in a tourism-related tertiary course, along with attendance at Tourism Summit Aotearoa. The recipients will also attend a TIA hosted development and networking day with Wellington-based tourism operators and organisations, be provided with a TIA mentor and continued support from TIA post-study to encourage industry engagement.
Alexia Williams of Cambridge is studying towards a Tourism and Travel Diploma at the New Zealand School of Tourism. Having spent several years involved in local community organisations like Kohanga Reo, Williams is approaching tourism well-grounded in kaupapa Maori and aspires to use these skills in her future career in the industry.
Shortlisted candidates who were interviewed by a Scholarship Panel before the two winners were selected who stood out as having the academic and personal qualities the tourism industry is seeking.
“The importance of attracting and retaining a strong and capable workforce has never been more important to the tourism industry,” said Grainne Troute, TINZT Chair and TIA Chair.
“I’m honoured to have awarded this scholarship to such smart young Kiwis. It gives me faith in the sustainable future of the industry.”