Student Scholarship


Since 2013, the southern branch of Women in Tourism & Hospitality Tasmania (WITH) has been investing in, and connecting with, the next generation of women passionate about working in our industry, through an annual scholarship.

In the years since, $1,000 has been awarded annually to assist with the undertaking of tourism and/or hospitality studies at post-secondary level. To encourage professional development and career progression, the scholarship package provides:

  • $1,000 awarded in November, at the end of the study year
  • Mentoring and peer support throughout the year
  • Access to a network of supportive women
  • Access to wider networks of industry contacts
  • Attendance at three WITH Tas events, including a Management Committee meeting
  • Supported attendance at an industry event when available

WITH Tas has confidence in the future of tourism and industry in our state, particularly if the following scholarship recipients go on to fulfil their career aspirations.

WITH Tas also thanks Tourism Tasmania for their sponsorship of the 2019 and 2020 Scholarship awards.

2021 WITH Tas Scholarship Winner

Our 2021 interview panel described Katy Usher as resilient, focused and grounded with a strong drive to succeed in the industry she has a clear and committed passion for – tourism.

Although holding a B.SC (Hons) in Analytical Chemistry gained in her home country of Scotland, Katy’s first love is the outdoors. After travelling extensively, it’s no wonder then that she’s made her home here in Tasmania where she believes some of the best activities in the country are found.

Katy's been in tourism and hospitality since the age of 18 with jobs varying from waitressing and bar tending to wildlife guiding and deck handing. Since 2019, she’s been working for Gordon River Cruises as a deck hand and guide, loving the experience of sharing the World Heritage Wilderness with visitors.

When she completes her Diploma in Travel and Tourism Management in October 2021, Katy aims to continue her professional development with further management/leadership courses and eventually gain her Marine Engine Driver qualifications.

Congratulations Katy!

2021 Encouragement Award

The calibre of applications this year was once again very high, boding well for the future of our industry and warranting a $500 Encouragement Award.

Rebecca Payne is a Year 12 student at Elizabeth College studying Tourism Vet Certificate II where, according to her tutor, she has regularly demonstrated her passion for the industry. Her plans are to continue her tourism studies in 2022 with a Certificate 3 Tourism and Certificate 3 in Guiding. To support the development of her tourism career path, Rebecca currently works at SMOLT Kitchen, no doubt making the most of every opportunity to learn!

Rebecca impressed our interview panel with her initiative and understanding of creating and taking opportunities. She’s practical with her approach, wanting to learn from well-established businesses and surround herself with great mentors.

Ultimately her goal is to start her own tourism business on the family’s East Coast property – we believe that she has the drive and initiative to do just that.

Rebecca will receive the $500 Award on successful completion of her studies and scholarship commitments to WITH Tas at the end of the year.

Previous scholarship winners

2020 WITH Tas Scholarship Winner

Lily Pursell impressed the interview panel with her great enthusiasm, drive and commitment to pursuing a career in the tourism industry and is a very worthy recipient of this year's scholarship.

Lily is a Year 12 student studying VET subjects at Guildford Young College. She completed the Certificate II in Tourism in 2019 and this year (2020)  is studying for Certificates II in Hospitality, Kitchen Operations and Business, as well as undertaking a school-based traineeship with the Parks & Wildlife Service. Up until recently she also had casual work at Pancake by the Ponds in the Derwent Valley.

Lily's goals are to complete further qualifications in tourism and hospitality, secure full-time work and achieve a management position in the industry, then eventually running her own business.  Read more about Lily here

Lily Pursell, winner of the 2020 WITH Tas scholarship

2020 Encouragement Awards

Due to the high calibre of applicants this year, the WITH Tas Committee has decided to present two Encouragement Awards of $500 each. Caitlin Foale, studying for the Certificate III in Tourism at Drysdale TasTAFE and Thais Sousa, studying for the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery at registered training organisation, Frontier Education, both displayed strong motivation and ability to succeed in the tourism/hospitality industry.

In recognition of their potential they will each receive $500 on completion of their studies at the end of the year.

WITH Tas thanks Tourism Tasmania for its support of our major scholarship which has also allowed us to present the Encouragement Awards.

Read an update on our 2020 winners here

Caitlin Foale - 2020 Scholarship Encouragement Award Winner
Thais Gsousa - 2020 Scholarship Encouragement Award

2019: Nilarach (Joy) Varahakaporn
Joy holds a Cert IV in patisserie and hospitality and is currently studying for a Cert IV in Commercial Cookery at Frontier Education. She moved to Hobart from Melbourne after visiting Hobart where the city took her breath away. Joy's ultimate dream is to own her own business but along the way she takes inspiration from Tasmania's many talented chefs and the state's vibrant food culture. Read more about Joy here >

2018: Grace Woolford 
Grace is a year 12 student studying both tourism and hospitality at Guilford Young College and is in her third year as a VET hospitality student. She is currently completing certificate II in Tourism, Kitchen Operations and Hospitality (Front of House). When she finishes college at the end of 2019, Grace intends to start a pastry apprenticeship in Hobart which she is very much looking forward too. With the help of the WITH Tas scholarship she will be able to complete her apprenticeship and then travel with the skills obtained.

2017: Jacinta Lang
Jacinta completed her TasTafe studies in 2017 and is now enjoying working with the passionate and award-winning team at Pennicott Wilderness Journeys.

2016: Katherine Halliday and Molly Hutcheon
Following a career in event management and part-time study, Katherine completed her degree at the University of Tasmania and so impressed them, they offered her a job!
Molly Hutcheon received an Encouragement Award of $5oo towards her studies. After gaining hospitality experience including at Macq01, Molly is off travelling the world gaining life experience.

2015: Susie Serpanos
Susie studied at TasTAFE and continues to work in the hospitality industry.

2014: Katy Delaney
Katy completed her Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management in 2015, and continued to work directly in the industry until 2019 in a variety of roles, from General Manager to F&B Attendant. The support from WITH during Katy's studies meant she was able to move forward in her career and was better equipped to take advantage of mentors and the experience they provided. Katy is now Office Manager and a Hospitality POS Solutions Consultant and putting the lessons learned to good use.

2013: Kristiana Timson

2019 WITH Tas Scholarship winner - Nilarach (Joy) Nilarach (Joy) Varahakapornarahakaporn
Grace Woolford, WITH Tas 2018 Scholarship winner
Jacinta Long 2018 scholarship winner and Rita Warrener
Katherine Halliday 2016 Scholarship winner and WITH Tas President Jane Johnston