MUSWELLBROOK’S Shannon Nichols has been awarded the HOSTPLUS Hospitality Management scholarship by her tertiary education provider, the International College of Management Sydney (ICMS).
Shannon, 18, just started a Bachelor of Event Management with ICMS, thanks to the $28,000 scholarship, living on-campus at Manly.
The scholarship application process was rigorous with Shannon required to submit a written essay, prove past and present leadership roles, show her community contributions, recent achievements, academic transcripts and CV.
The first of two interviews followed with a deputy vice chancellor and senior college management.
“It was intimidating but I knew I was passionate and that a scholarship would be my ticket in, so I just focused on the end goal,” Ms Nichols said.
“It was tough but all the more rewarding.”
ICMS professional scholarship program chairperson Ann Whitelock was present at the final interview stage, along with ICMS president, CEO and senior executives, and said it was a competitive field.
“These young aspirants are really outstanding even to manage such an experience,” Ms Whitelock said.
“I am so often personally inspired by these students, their level of maturity and focus at this stage of their lives is exemplary.
“The scholarships give young people opportunity, it’s something Shannon will be able to use to benefit her future career.
“Our goal is to award those who strive, who work hard and who want to achieve,” Ms Whitelock said.
Shannon, who finished Year 12 last year, said she knew she wanted to do an event management course and searched for one that suited her interest in business as well as a creative aspect.
“When I found ICMS I fell in love,” she said.
“You graduate with industry experience and that was very attractive to me.”
The well-spoken local attended Scone Grammar School, was chairperson of the SRC and ranked fifth in extension English in the state last year.
“A scholarship means so much, it would be a struggle without it,” Shannon said.
ICMS is a privately-owned college founded in 1996 with about 1300 students.
More than 40 scholarships were awarded in conjunction with the college’s industry partners.