• Visa NZ Hospitality Scholarship

Visa NZ Hospitality Scholarship

About the Scholarship

The Visa New Zealand Hospitality Scholarship launched in 2023 as a nationwide initiative offering the chance of a lifetime for hospitality workers to propel their career forward with long-term, professional development tailored for their successful future in hospitality.

The 2023 scholarship is being judged by a panel representing the industry, and the winner will be announced in August.

The scholarship is open to all hospitality workers - in the kitchen, on the floor, behind the bar, young professionals working their way into restaurant management, and any other facet of the hospitality and restaurant sector – who are: 

  • residents of New Zealand with the right to work here

  • aged between 22 years and 35 years (at time of application)

  • employed and working in the New Zealand restaurant and hospitality industry 

  • have a minimum of two years’ relevant experience in the industry

  • able to self-nominate or be nominated by a manager or colleague.

The Scholarship Prize

The 2023 Visa New Zealand Hospitality Scholarship winner will win a prize tailored to their career interests, stage, and progression, including: 

  • A five-day work experience placement internationally at a restaurant or hospitality establishment (Including flights and accommodation). 

  • Attendance at an international professional development forum such as Food on the Edge or Tales of the Cocktail (including flights and accommodation).

  • Professional skills development including a year-long mentorship. The experience will be catered to the Successful Applicant’s area of expertise within the Hospitality Industry. 

  • Access to a Social Media specialist for personal brand development coaching.

  • Access to virtual business skills training, which includes access to EAP (mental wellbeing support), physical well-being support, career coaching and financial advice. 

  • A trip to Wellington for the 2023 Visa NZ Hospitality Scholarship Announcement including flights and accommodation. A trip to Wellington to attend the 2024 Visa Wellington On a Plate Festival, (including flights and accommodation) and potential for involvement in a festival event. The total prize value is NZ$30,000.

Link to full terms and conditions


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