Australian students are eligible for four $20,000 scholarships to ICHM each year, and 2017 winners came from Central Australia, South Australia and Queensland, and included an Australian national living in Hong Kong.
Each was inspired to apply for a scholarship after attending Career Week in 2015 or 2016 to get a taste of what ICHM has to offer.
Kimia Jizan, from Centralian College Alice Springs, has already experienced the hospitality industry, having worked part time as a food and beverage attendant at Doubletree by Hilton Alice Springs over the past 18 months.
Competent in Farsi, Arabic and Chinese and with plans to learn French, Kimia will take up her scholarship in July 2017.‘I am confident that studying at ICHM will support my development in my dream career to work not only in the hotel industry, but also in hotels around the world’, she says.
This is the second consecutive year a Centralian Senior College student has won a scholarship. Erika Hamilton, who won a scholarship last year, will head out on her first industry placement—to Freycinet Lodge in Tasmania— in late December.
Chantel Saunders, another 2017 winner, is from Pedare Christian College, winning the school’s Academic Excellence Award in 2015 (Semester 2) and 2016 (Semester 1). ‘ICHM is different to a traditional university in that it includes lengthy industry placements so that we can put into practise everything we have learned on campus’, she says.
Shona Mihan from Island School Hong Kong, flew to Adelaide especially for the panel interview. She captains the Hong Kong National Women’s (under 18) Rugby team, is an assistant sailing instructor and works front of house at a tapas bar.
Travis Joblin (cover photo), from Whitsunday Anglican School, is a keen cricketer, and plays baseball and softball. He was a 2016 school house captain. He says that Career Week gave him the certainty that ICHM would be the best fit for his undergraduate studies, saying: ‘Its purpose-built hospitality facilities and on-campus accommodation provide a tight-knit environment in which I can learn and grow’.
Chantel, Shona and Travis will start the program in January.
Since it was established in 1993, ICHM has awarded scholarships worth in excess of $2.5 million.