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 fulfil their career aspirations.

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 2018 and this year 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 award two ‘encouragement’ prizes 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.

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

Previous scholarship winners

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