The prestigious Hostplus Hospitality Scholarship offers the next generation of Australian hospitality workers aged between 22 and 35 a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fast-track their development in their profession.

About the Scholarship

The Scholarship prize is facilitated by Melbourne Food & Wine Festival through its hospitality networks, and the winner's work experience will be tailored to their career interests - from the paddock to the kitchen, the cellar to the dining room and everywhere in between. Past finalists include not just chefs, waiters and managers but also young professionals from coffee, butchery, wine and other aspects of hospitality.

This year the prize includes:

  • 1 x five-day work experience within Australia
  • Up to $1,500 towards flights
  • Up to $1,750 towards accommodation
  • $1,000 cash
  • Up to $5,000 to spend on professional development or training at an agreed and approved education provider, or on professional tools, kitchen equipment or similar assets to progress professional development
  • $500 worth of tickets to attend MFWF events in 2023
  • The Scholarship winner will also be partnered with a local industry leader for a year-long mentorship to expand their industry experience and connections in their chosen field.

Selection criteria

To be considered for the scholarship, candidates must:

  • Be aged between 22 and 35;
  • Demonstrate ambition and a drive to succeed in the hospitality industry;
  • Are highly skilled and knowledgebale in a specific discipline within the hospitality industry;
  • Demonstrate leadership with the potential to shape the future of the hospitality industry;
  • Act in a professional manner and have a willingness to share their skills and knowledge with others
  • Have an understanding and willingness to communicate in the digital space 

Applications have now closed for 2022

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Julie Davaine 2019 Scholarship winner

2019 Scholarship

A young front-of-house professional with a vision to make her industry more attractive to those with families won the 2019 Hostplus Hospitality Scholarship. Julie Davaine, general manager of four venues in the Merivale group, took to the stage to accept the award from MC Jill Dupleix in front of a crowd of 110 hospitality luminaries.