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Congratulations to ITC scholarship winners for 2015

Posted on 16/02/2015 by
ITC Short Course Tutor Ali Rigby (middle) with 2015 scholarship winners (from left to right): Tobius, Falestina, Anita, Natasha and Alexi

ITC Short Course Tutor Ali Rigby (middle) with 2015 scholarship winners (from left to right): Tobius, Falestina, Anita, Natasha and Alex

The International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) recently awarded scholarships to six talented students.

To apply for a 2015 scholarship, students were asked to submit a video or blog demonstrating their passion for travel and tourism.

ITC Account Manager Ceri Jenkins was very impressed with the quality of this year’s entries.

“Overall there was a very high standard of applicants for 2015 and this year attracted more applications than ever before,” Ceri said.

However, the six successful applicants definitely stood out among the rest. Ceri tells us a little bit about each scholarship winner below.

Louise Taylor, Pakuranga College

ITC scholarship winner Louise Taylor was recommended by her teachers and Dean for her outstanding attitude and passion for travel and tourism

ITC scholarship winner Louise Taylor was recommended by her teachers and Dean for her outstanding attitude and passion for travel and tourism

The first thing that struck me about Louise was the personal endorsements she received from three teachers at her school. Initially two teachers from her careers department contacted me to outline their complete support for a very positive, diligent student who had an absolute passion for working in our industry. Also, it was highlighted how she has managed to achieve this with some very tough challenges effecting her in her personal life – her strength of character was very obvious and I was very impressed with her strength and perseverance. In her video application we saw for the very first time a teacher appear on there to outline why the student was a deserving recipient of the scholarship. The fact that she chose her Dean just added some extra weight to the application. Through Louise’s presentation and the personal endorsements of the teachers we feel assured that she will be an outstanding student at ITC.

Falestina and Anita Kaiaruna, James Cook High School

Falestina

ITC scholarship winner Falestina showcased her rapping skills in her entry video

For the first time we have had two sisters win an award. Both Falestina and Anita presentations used a combination of rap music and images of their travels. The lyrics to their music was outstanding and answered all of the requirements of the application in an informative and inventive manner.

Anita Falestina

Anita was so excited to learn she won that she was speechless for a few moments

The use of the music also enabled us to gain an insight into their outgoing personalities and self confidence. When I contacted the sisters they were both together and there were squeals of delight when I spoke to Falestina first and then this increased in volume when I then informed Anita that she had gained a scholarship too!

Alex Murti, Kelston Boys

Alex Murti dreams of one day becoming a flight attendant for Fijian Airways

Alex Murti dreams of one day becoming a flight attendant for Air New Zealand

Alex presented himself immaculately in his video. His presentation was completed in the manner of a flight attendant for Air New Zealand, which is his dream job. Alex spoke very clearly and confidently about his passion for working as a flight attendant and the first impression he created puts no doubt in my mind that this is achievable for him if he still wants to when he graduates.

Tobius Charnley, Takapuna Grammar School

Tobius Charnley comes to ITC with some tourism experience already under his belt; he worked part-time at a hotel while at high school

Tobius Charnley comes to ITC with some tourism experience already under his belt; he worked part-time at a hotel while at high school

I first met Tobius when I did a classroom presentation at Takapuna Grammar School. He really stood out on the day as he was very attentive throughout my presentation and he answered many of my questions. His fun personality was obvious on the day too, which was confirmed by his teacher in a discussion after the session. The fact that he worked part time in a local hotel at the time was obvious, not only in a sense of self confidence but in the way in which he answered many of the questions. Tobius had a very similar impact too on his tutor when he attended as short course with us at the City Campus. His application was very thorough and his undoubted passion for the travel and tourism industry was very obvious. You certainly get a sense that Tobius will be able to carve a very good for careers for himself in his chosen industry.

Natasha Stewart, Maharangi College

Natasha Stewart has a family connection at ITC - her mum is also studying here!

Natasha Stewart has a family connection at ITC – her mum is also studying here!

Natasha’s presentation was very impressive as it not only highlighted her passion for travel but it also portrayed her as a very confident and capable person. Using her extensive travel experience to a number of continents was a clever way of impressing upon us her experience of travel and her passion for working in the industry. The use of her skydiving video also ensured she kept our attention throughout the videao. Natasha will now follow in the steps of her mother who studied with us in 2014 and will be travelling to us everyday from Warkworth!

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