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2019 Scholarships - opens 13 September 2018

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? 

Scholarship Terms & Conditions

• Candidates can only apply for one scholarship.
• If scholars don't fit the criteria for the scholarship they apply for they won't be offered an alternative.
• Candidates have a duty to advise HIT of any changes to contact details or employment.
• If a scholar moves from Scotland or leaves the Industry they will forfeit their scholarship.
• Executive Scholarships will be available at many different locations and these will be discussed on application.

Diversity Policy

HIT Scotland is committed to encouraging equality and diversity and we aim to be truly representative of all sections of society.

Privacy Policy

HIT Scotland will only use the information provided for the purposes of considering you for a HIT scholarship, and then fulfilling this if you are successful.  Please see our Privacy Policy for full information of how we deal with information collected.

Dates for 2019 Applications

• Applications for the 2019 Scholarship Programme will open on Thursday 13th September 2018.
• Closing date for Scholarship Applications is 9am Monday 26th November 2018.
• Interviews for Scholarships will take place during January 2019.
• Scholarships will be awarded at the Scholarships Awards Presentation at the HIT Emerging Talent Conference in February 2019.



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, teamwork and leadership excellence are front of mind. Trainers provide participants with skills that enhance abilities, ensure consistency and instil confidence.



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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. The venue will be chosen annually and the destination will always offer global cutting edge standards in all areas of management.

Glion Executive Scholarship

This three day inspirational 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.




Junior - Middle Management

The Early Years Management Scholarships

These scholarships consist of a blended approach to move you from a supervisory role into your first management position. These scholarships will be a mixture of learning experiences that could be a series of modules delivered over many months or a short sharp programme to look at a specialist area of management. 

As a result of this scholarship your management skills, confidence and ability to cope under pressure will improve via input from management experts.

Lausanne (Management) Scholarship

This long running scholarship is designed to give a strong insight into management and leadership techniques. It is delivered 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 Art of Leadership 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.

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Sales and Business Development Scholarship

The Sales and Business Development scholarship covers all areas of the sales process. Recipients of this scholarship will be in a front facing sales role with plenty of customer contact. Creating leads, negotiation, role play and closing the sale will all form part of the overall experience. You will come away with a formula to win new business and retain existing clients.



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 or 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 2 day scholarship will have professional input in addition to hands on experience.

The Drinks Package Scholarship

These 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.

The Tennents Training Academy Scholarship

This new scholarship for 2018 is a 5 day hands on drinks service skills scholarship run at the award winning Tennent’s Training Academy in Glasgow.

Tennent's Training Academy is a dedicated hospitality industry based Training Academy in Scotland offering a fresh approach to learning new skills. With exciting professional cookery and drinks masterclasses, legislative hospitality trade courses the team of expert tutors inspire students to learn with imagination, passion and enjoyment in a unique environment.

Suitable for newcomers to the industry or those who would like the opportunity to perfect their skills and over exceed customer expectation in 5 essential areas: Wine, Whisky, Beer, Cocktails and Flair.




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. By nature of the bespoke category, we welcome all manner of learning requests that may be particular to the individual or property. This category gives you the opportunity to really fine tune your development.

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.

Green Tourism

Innovation Scholarship

With the world of hospitality and tourism constantly evolving, this scholarship will give you an insight into one of the following areas: Artificial Intelligence - Technology and future trends - Marketing - Travel - Energy sources including renewable energy for business -  International case studies. This category will suit anyone with a business that is learning to develop standards taking account of international trends.  Tell us what you're interested in learning about.

St Andrews Scholarship

In recognition of the great work delivered to the industry by the St Andrews World Class group, we are delighted to offer the new St Andrews scholarship - a bespoke learning and development opportunity open to all working in hospitality and tourism within a 2 mile radius of the St Andrews area. This scholarship will enable a hospitality and tourism individual to take part in an operational or management experience, locally, nationally or internationally depending on your application request.


St Andrews Partnership


The Grocer Company of Glasgow Scholarship

This is a bespoke category open to anyone living in Glasgow and the West of Scotland who is currently working in the food sector, whether that be manufacturing, retail, hospitality or supply chain we want to hear from anyone who needs support to progress their career within this sector in Scotland.

So whether you want to learn more about food imports, exports, retail or manufacturing, The Grocer Company of Glasgow is ready to support YOU! 

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Learning 4 Life

This scholarship is open to all graduates of a Diageo Learning 4 Life course in Scotland.  This will be a tailored, personalised and intensive Learning and Development opportunity which seeks to build upon your already learned skills and qualifications during the Diageo Learning for Life Programme.  This will be an all-expenses paid, high quality learning opportunity within a new Hospitality environment and will take place either locally, nationally, or internationally.

The training and insights will be related to your area of professional interest, with a view to progressing your career within the Industry.  If you are an enthusiastic candidate who is hungry to learn and keen to develop, apply!

Learning 4 Life


All Levels

Social Media Scholarship

The social media scholarship embraces the new technologies available to support the business in reaching new markets. The interactive 2 day workshop teaches you how to create a useable digital marketing plan for your business, and looks at content creation activities include creation of a blog, photography for use on social media, a content marketing calendar and content guidelines.

This is suitable for anyone within a business who is responsible for digital marketing and social media.

The Supervisors Scholarship

This 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 and will have input from industry experts covering topics such as motivation, communication skills, upselling and people management.

This will suit someone on the first step in their management development and will provide a great introduction to networking.

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.