Samantha Bunting has been awarded a scholarship worth $22,500 to the International College of Hotel Management (ICHM).
Samantha is one of a growing number of St John Grammar students who have picked up scholarships to ICHM, most recently Meg Anderson and Millie Hopton and before them Emily Cook and Stacey McMurtrie.
Samantha was on campus at Regency Park for Career Week in September, which gave her a taste of what ICHM has to offer.
ICHM’s affiliation with the Swiss Hotel Association is its major draw card for Samantha, and she is also attracted to ICHM’s international connections.
‘One of my career goals is to find work that will allow me to travel, learn about other cultures and create relationships with people around the world’, she says.
‘I had already set my heart on ICHM and the scholarship of $7500 for each year of the three-year program helped seal the decision.
Samantha says she loves hotels, having had the privilege of exploring a few while travelling, including the Mercure Queenstown Resort in New Zealand and the Knickerbocker Club in New York, which sparked her interest into the considerations that go into hotel design and management.
‘Moreover, travelling around the world has honed my love for and appreciation of hotels and workers alike’, she says.
Samantha’s is one of four scholarships ICHM awarded to Australian students in 2020 - two others went to South Australians and the other to a Queenslander. The winners scored highly in a written assignment and panel interview.
Samantha will commence ICHM’s Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management) degree in January and on successful completion will be granted direct entry into the Master of International Hotel Management (Swiss Hotel Association).