Scholarship winner keen to share her love of New Zealand

13 December 2021 | News

Rosie Marchant wants to share how she feels about New Zealand, and her passion to do so has secured her a 2022 Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust – Tourism Academic Scholarship.

The Bachelor of Commerce (Hotel and Tourism Management) student, (who is also doing an additional major in marketing), said she had wanted to work in tourism “since I started travelling by myself and witnessed the amazing sights to see in New Zealand, and realised what a wonderful country we live in”.

I want other people visiting New Zealand to have that same sense of wonderment I did when they leave.

The scholarship gives her $2500 towards her final year of study, and only two are presented each year.

She will also join a range of industry leaders at a Development Day hosted by TIA in late February 2022 in Wellington.

She said the scholarship was more than just a monetary benefit.

“It definitely helped in taking away some of the financial burden from my study costs, but the most valuable aspect has been the connections I’ve made within the tourism Industry. 

“Every student dreams of walking straight into a job when they finish university, and having met so many industry leaders, I’d like to think this will be possible for me. This scholarship has made me visible.”

When she graduates she would like to work in tourism marketing.

“This means I can incorporate both my marketing and tourism majors. It also gives me the opportunity to showcase New Zealand in all its glory.

“My goal is to market New Zealand to the world.

“Long-term, I would like to hold a position overseas as a marketing manager trying to get international tourists back to our country.

“I’ve been lucky enough to go to two tourism conferences within the last month, and the thing I have noticed the most is the industry’s passions for its people.

“They are passionate about creating experiences for tourists that are authentic and unique, all whilst improving working conditions for their staff. For an industry that has taken a massive hit, it’s amazing to see the positivity still coming from so many industry leaders.”

She was happy she chose Lincoln for her study.

“Lincoln is a small, close-knit university. Many people I talked to before attending told me about its smaller class sizes, and teachers getting to know you better. It’s true, and it has made for a great learning environment for me.

“I would recommend to people considering studying at Lincoln to come and have a look round, meet the friendly staff and students and realise that it provides a much more personal learning experience.

Associate Professor Anthony Brien, Programme Director of the Bachelor of Commerce (Hotel and Tourism Management), said Rosie was a worthy winner and joined other past Lincoln students in winning national hotel and tourism scholarships.

“This demonstrates Lincoln offers a great starting point for a career in this industry.”

“The international pent-up travel demand will see New Zealand a popular destination as borders open and graduates will be in great demand as future employees and leaders. Now is a great time to gain the knowledge needed to be a future leader in this industry.” 

TINZT and Tourism Industry Aotearoa Board chair, Gráinne Troute, said Rosie was a “strong, deserving candidate”.

“Despite this ongoing period of uncertainty, it gives me confidence that students of this calibre intend to continue their journeys into the tourism industry.”

Find out more about  the Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust – Tourism Academic Scholarship.