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Since 1994, Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland has endeavoured to identify and reward future leaders of the hospitality industry by providing invaluable scholarships to leverage their career.

By recognising the need to continually update skills within the industry, enhance personal development and bring fresh ideas back to Scottish businesses, HIT provides scholars with the opportunity to learn locally, nationally and internationally.  The scholarships are awarded at the annual Emerging Talent Conference.

Scholarships are available to all aspiring individuals working within or studying towards a career in Scottish hospitality (in its broadest sense). As a scholar, you will spend time working in varied operational areas or on structured programmes, allowing you to gain valuable knowledge, insight and confidence to get to the next level in your hospitality career.  


In order to identify the next generation of leaders, HIT asks applicants to meet certain basic requirements by completing and submitting a scholarship application.

To have their application considered, potential scholars will be asked to answer a number of questions including:

• Why should you receive a scholarship? 
• What are your scholarship objectives?
• How will you measure success? 

Applications for the 2018 Scholarship Programme will open on Thursday 28th September 2017.

Closing date for Scholarship Applications is Friday 24th November 2017.

Interviews for Scholarships will take place during January 2018.

Executive Scholarships will be available at many different locations and these will be discussed on application.

Scholarships will be awarded at the Scholarships Awards Presentation at the HIT Emerging Talent Conference in February 2018.


Hospitality Industry Trust Scotland provides varied scholarships aimed at all aspiring individuals working within or studying towards a career in Scottish hospitality. Listed below are the scholarships currently available to all levels:

With various levels, categories and locations available, we are confident that you can find the perfect scholarship to help you propel your career within the industry and help make Scotland the greatest hospitality nation in the world! 

Senior Management

Disney Scholarship

The Disney Institute runs a unique 4 day programme (although you will be away for 6 days) covering customer service or employee engagement. A Disney Institute scholarship would suit an established HR & Training manager, with five or more years of experience, looking to develop professional standards within their organisation.

Recipients of a Disney Scholarship learn in an environment where customer service, team work and leadership excellence are front of mind. Trainers provide participants with skills that enhance abilities, ensure consistency and instil confidence.


 Disney Institute

Glion Executive Scholarship

This three day leadership programme enables senior managers to experience executive learning. By understanding yourself in a global context, you will be able to lead high performing teams to achieve great results. The scholarship will combine classroom learning at Glion's London Campus as well as international input from leading experts in their field. To apply, you must have had general management experience of a large establishment for at least 5 years.



Global Destination Scholarship

This scholarship will enable senior management, with at least 5 years' experience, to undertake global benchmarking and learn from innovators and exponents of best practice internationally.


Junior - Middle Management

Lausanne (Management) Scholarship

This scholarship is designed to give a strong insight into management and leadership techniques. It is run over two days in a classroom setting and is aimed at relatively new managers or those in charge of a smaller team.

Recipients of this scholarship benefit from learning in an environment with like-minded individuals striving to further their careers as managers within the hospitality industry. Recipients learn the latest techniques in hands-on management, which push team members to thrive and excel.


Lausanne hotel school


Green Tourism Scholarship

This scholarship is for those with a keen interest in the environment who are in a position to implement a green tourism strategy for their business.

Recipients will learn from industry professionals who are passionate about incorporating local, green and environmental considerations into the industry.

Scholarships available in this category will be delivered in Scotland, nationally and also internationally looking at global sustainability. International benchmarking may be available to the right candidate.

Frank Mullen (bespoke) Scholarship

Frank Mullen was a leading innovator within Scottish tourism.  This scholarship is open to all entrepreneurial suggestions that will move the individual and the industry forward.

It is open to all ages and stages of individual development.

Craft Scholarship

The craft scholarships provide an experience into all manner of craft skills within the hospitality industry. Craft scholarships include 3-5 day placements with speciality and Michelin Star chefs, sommeliers and working with producers. This scholarship is suitable for someone new to the industry or a more senior professional looking to learn a new skill by potentially broadening their horizons.

Patisserie and Sugar Craft Scholarship

This is aimed at scholars who have a passion for all things chocolate and dessert wise! The two day scholarship, hosted at The Gleneagles Hotel, will include detailed sessions with Michelin chefs and industry experts to refine your pastry work and see the whole process from development to service. This scholarship also includes fine dining with the experts to understand their philosophies in craft skills.

Customer Experience Scholarship

This is all about looking at front of house operations and providing an experience that will wow the guest. By looking at all the current trends of worldwide customer demands this scholarship will enable you to think ahead of the guest and develop systems that will provide unforgettable experiences.

This scholarship will have professional input in addition to hands on experience.

The Drinks Package Scholarship

Thes scholarships are aimed specifically at those working within the licensed trade. Scholarships available in this category will include mixology masterclasses, wine appreciation, knowledge of spirits and cellar management.

These scholarships will be delivered locally, nationally and internationally in conjunction with experts in the field of drinks and service and might include specialist visits to vineyards, distilleries and breweries.


All Levels

Social Media Scholarship

The social media scholarship embraces all the new technologies available to support the business in reaching new markets. The operationally led scholarship will allow the scholar to meet the key influencers of social media in like-minded or different sectors. This will be a bespoke opportunity.

The Introductory Patisserie and Sugar Craft Scholarship

For those with a passion for pastry this is the ideal introductory scholarship. This one day programme will cover the basics of patisserie and will be delivered in a hands on style to complement the theory that you have learned to date. 

This would ideally suit a student starting out on their culinary journey.

This takes place at the fantastic facilities at The Cook School Scotland, and will be delivered by Helen Vass, the award winning pastry chef.  Helen was the winner of BBC Bake Off Creme de la Creme, and is a HIT scholar herself.

The Supervisors Scholarship

This two day scholarship will cover all aspects of supervisory management which will enable you to perform more effectively in your current role. 

The two day programme which will be delivered within a 5 star resort will have input from industry experts covering topics such as motivation, communication skills, upselling and people management