TINZT Tourism Academic Scholarships 2021

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What does the scholarship get me?


Closing dates for applications

Next: 11 September 2020

Number of awards offered


Purpose of award

The Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust (TINZT) Scholarship is available to help young New Zealanders complete their final year of tourism-related tertiary study and prepare them for a fantastic career in tourism.  

The scholarships are for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents who have successfully commenced their study in a tourism-related course of study at an NZQA accredited tertiary institution in New Zealand, and who are about to commence on their final year of study in 2021. Up to two scholarships, valued at $4500, will be awarded – one awarded to an applicant completing level 4-6 qualifications, and one to an applicant completing level 7 and above.    
The aim of the two scholarships is to have the recipients employed in roles within the tourism workforce on completion of study. An indication of your intention to enter the New Zealand tourism workforce on completion of your study is an important factor in the selection criteria.  

Selection criteria

The TINZT scholarship selection panel is looking for Tourism Student Ambassadors who display strong leadership skills, have a positive and friendly personality, are motivated, enjoy being involved in tourism and show a strong passion for the tourism industry.  

Strong communication and customer service skills are desirable attributes.   

Service to your education provider and community will also be considered in the scholarship selection process.   

Applicants should ensure that information provided is relevant and sufficient to allow the TINZT scholarship selection panel to properly assess your application.  

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

Terms and Conditions  
The scholarship is for an NZQA-accredited tertiary institution programme of study in New Zealand concluding in 2021. It is non-transferable.   
Scholarship applicants must be accepted in a tourism-related course of study and meet the defined entry requirements for the NZQA-accredited tertiary institutes they are applying for.   
The scholarship covers $2500 of the full tuition fee for the final year of study only. This does not include the costs associated with re-sitting any failed papers. Living costs are not included in the scholarship.   
The scholarship cannot be exchanged for cash. If the recipient decides not to commence with study, the tuition fee will not be paid to the education provider. 
Personal information provided by candidates will be kept confidential by TINZT, TIA and the judging panel.  
Recipients accept that their details may be used in publicity of the scholarships.  
The TINZT scholarship selection panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.  
The TINZT scholarship selection panel reserve the right to seek independent references.  
All sections of the application form must be completed and submitted in writing and comply with required application templates, word limits and other guidelines specified by TINZT.  
The application form must be completed by the applicant, and the answers must be their own.  
Family members or anyone connected with TINZT Scholarships are not eligible to enter. 
TIA has the right to not award the Scholarship if there is no suitable applicant. 
If the recipient resides in the same locations as the Tourism Summit Aotearoa, they may not receive the full funds allocated to travel and accommodation expenses. 

How do students apply?

Please submit a completed TINZT application form. The application form can be accessed here from 5 August 2020.   

How and when do students learn of the decision?

All applications will be acknowledged within two working days of their receipt.  
INTERVIEW – 30 September  
The TINZT Scholarship Panel will shortlist up to four applicants for an interview to further evaluate their application and passion for a career in tourism. 
All applicants will be notified by 9 October as to the outcome of their application.  

Decision makers

Applications will be evaluated by the TINZT scholarship selection panel, comprising a TINZT trustee, a member of Tourism Industry Aotearoa’s Leadership Team, and a Tourism Industry Leader. The content, presentation, relevance and creativity of the application and the academic merit of the applicant will be considered in the selection process.  

History or background of award

The Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust (TINZT) was established in 2007 for the following charitable purposes:  

The education of people involved in the New Zealand tourism industry and the education of all persons in New Zealand on matters relating to the tourism industry in New Zealand.  

The fostering and promotion of a tourism industry in New Zealand based on the sustainable use and preservation of New Zealand's natural assets.  

Additional information

The Scholarship is valued at $4500 and includes the following:  
A $2500 payment towards your final year of tuition fees. Please note this does not include the costs associated with accommodation, living costs or re-sitting failed papers.  
Attendance at Tourism Summit Aotearoa (17 November 2020) in Wellington including travel costs, such as flights (if required), accommodation (two nights) and food. 
On the day after the Tourism Summit Aotearoa (18 November 2020) in Wellington, scholarship recipients will be hosted for a day of placements and connection-building with Wellington-based tourism operators and organisations. This includes meeting the team at Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) to understand the workings of the industry.   
Assignment of a TIA mentor, who will be responsible for hosting recipients on the day of Tourism Summit Aotearoa and introducing them to tourism industry representatives and potential future employers.  
Post Tourism Summit Aotearoa, TIA will facilitate local engagement to enable the winners to build and understand the connections within their region. An example of this could be a half day placement with a local operator, or meeting with the local regional tourism organisation (RTO).  

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact

Matt Ammunson-Fyall
Advocacy Coordinator
Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust
PO Box 1697 , Wellington 6140


Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently. The administrator of this record last updated this information in July 2020.