New scholarship opportunity to support ambitious Blue Mountains student

The inaugural Scenic World Scholarship in Natural Science and Tourism Management at Western
Sydney University is now open for application.

The exciting opportunity is the result of a new partnership between Scenic World and Western
Sydney University to assist ambitious Blue Mountains residents from disadvantaged backgrounds
to follow their dream of studying a bachelor’s degree in tourism or environmental science.

Awarded annually, the whole-of-degree scholarship will support local students to cover study
expenses with $7,500 of funding for each year of their degree, valued at up to $30,000 per
student. Continuing over four years, the Scenic World Scholarship Fund will ultimately support
four local students to complete their studies at the University.

Scenic World’s Managing Director Anthea Hammon said the program was an important part of
Scenic World Shared program which is committed to empowering the local Blue Mountains
community through key partnerships.

“We are very proud to launch this scholarship, to share the benefits of tourism to limit
disadvantage and support the next generation of environmental scientists and tourism specialists
who live and work in our own backyard.”

The partnership between Scenic World and Western Sydney University has been driven by the
organisations’ shared vision to pave the way for future leaders and help close the gap on local
disadvantage.

Professor Kevin Dunn, Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, says the University is
delighted to partner with one of Greater Western Sydney’s most iconic tourist destinations, and
shares Scenic World’s commitment for igniting people’s passion for local tourism.

“We are proud that our degree, the Bachelor of Tourism Management, contributes to the one of
the core economies in the region through workforce training and engaged research,” says
Professor Dunn.

“Our partnership with Scenic World aligns clearly with our broader ambitions of providing a
degree that ensures graduates are both skilled and informed about the broader tourism issues,
challenges and debates, and are also familiar with the local economy in which many of them will
live and work.”

“We thank Scenic World for its generous scholarship initiative, which will undoubtedly benefit
local students and help them continue their studies and realise their potential.”

Scenic World will also offer industry work placement opportunities where relevant to selected
candidates to support their career development in tourism or environmental science.

For more information and to apply for the Scholarship, visit the WSU website, applications close
March 31st, 2018.

ENDS.

17 October 2017

Media Unit