The recipients of the 2019 MEA Scholarship have been announced, with six budding event professionals set to take part in the program.
Now in it’s second year, MEA’s Diploma of Event Management Scholarship program is part of a partnership with the NSW Government, designed to create more job opportunities for those living in rural and regional NSW.
The six students will undertake the diploma via an online portal and will have access to face-to-face event management workshops every 10 weeks, bootcamps and webinars to support them during their study.
Announcing the MEA Scholarship winners, Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism, Western Sydney Stuart Ayres highlighted the impact and importance of business events in regional and rural areas.
“The regional conferencing sector presents a significant growth opportunity for NSW, because we know that these types of events generate extra business for our restaurants, attractions and accommodation providers,” he said.
“This creates more jobs and ultimately fuels the local economy – so it’s only natural that we look to invest in up and coming talent who share this passion and help them achieve their goals for their community.”
The 2019 scholarship recipients are: Tayla Harvey (Orange Ex-Services’ Club), Hayley Owen (Port Macquarie Hastings Council), Kathy Giddens (Tocumwal Golf & Bowls Club), Bettina Young (Eurobodalla Shire Council), Stacey Martin (Penrith City Council) and Jennifer Baldwin (Wollondilly Shire Council).
MEA CEO Robyn Johnson congratulated the recipients.
“I congratulate the new six scholarship recipients who are already making valuable contributions to their local communities and welcome them to MEA’s Diploma course,” she said.
“They will join an engaged group of students and have the opportunity to meet and network with the events industry.”
In an effort to continue its work growing the local events sector in regional economies, MEA’s flagship annual event, Evolve, will be held in the Hunter Valley on 3-5 May 2020.