2018 Scholarship Recipient Announced!

10 July 2018

New Zealand Major Events and NZEA are delighted to announce that Lauren Karpik, Event Coordinator at Avenues Event Management is the 2018 recipient of the New Zealand Major Events Scholarship. The scholarship provides free registration to Eventing the Future 2018 (ETF18).

This year’s scholarship was targeted at event professionals in the early stages of their careers i.e. recent (or soon to be) graduates and those with 1 – 3 years’ experience in the industry. Lauren graduated from AUT in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Event Management and started working at Avenues in late 2015, whilst still studying for her degree.

Susan Sawbridge, Manager, New Zealand Major Events says “the scholarship this year is an investment in the next generation of event professionals who will help New Zealand to maintain and grow its reputation as a world-class events destination. Lauren’s application stood out to us as someone who had a really good grasp of some of the issues and opportunities facing the events industry in New Zealand, although still at an early stage in her career”.

Lauren was delighted with the scholarship award. “I am very excited to be attending the Eventing the Future Conference this year as part of the 2018 New Zealand Major Events Scholarship. This is such a great conference to be able to attend with so many peers and leading experts in the industry and I am looking forward to expanding my network and knowledge base. I would like to thank the New Zealand Event Association and New Zealand Major Events for giving emerging event professionals the opportunity to take part in something as beneficial as this conference”.

The scholarship was also promoted on social media this year and Ségolène de Fontenay, General Manager of NZEA, notes that this meant the number of entries more than tripled from 2017.

Ségolène says “not only did the number of applications increase this year, the quality was exceptionally high too. Lauren has done really well to come out at the top of such an exceptional group of young event professionals”.

“New Zealand delivers world class events and this scholarship helps recognise the up and coming talent we have in the events sector. We are pleased to partner with New Zealand Major Events in providing this opportunity to our emerging event professionals” says Andy Scotland, NZEA Chair.

Further information on the scholarship and ETF18 Conference are available on www.nzea.co

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