Andreas Scholler, an event management student, shares his story about winning both the ICMS International Scholarship and the Manly Council Foundation Scholarship.
Due to graduate from ICMS in August 2016, Andreas already has an impressive CV. Originally from Germany, Andreas won the International Professional Scholarship in 2014, then the Manly Council scholarship in 2015. He says he was motivated to apply for both of these awards to gain financial support, and to challenge himself.
According to Andreas, the most important part of applying for a scholarship lies in taking the leap and submitting your application. “Many students probably think they won’t be considered but this is incorrect,” he says.
“The best advice I can give to students applying for a scholarship is to believe in yourself and take action – if you don’t try, you have already failed. And if you don’t get it on your first attempt, don’t worry, keep going and try again. It took me two attempts for the Manly Council Scholarship,” he says. “Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.”
As part of the Manly Council Foundation Scholarship, Andreas worked in the Council’s Events Department for three months. “This truly shaped my outlook for the future,” he says.
“I held the position of Events Coordinator Assistant, which included performing tasks such as entertainment bookings, charity bookings and planning and executing local events.
“One highlight was getting the chance to organise the Manly Fair Trade Markets absolutely on my own, where I was dealing with more than 22 stallholders.
“The Manly Food and Wine Festival was another highlight. I had the pleasure of managing the beachfront stage and supervising countless volunteers,” he says.
Working at Manly Council equipped Andreas with many new skills. “I obtained a better understanding of the operational, administrative and technical side of managing events at a local council. This experience provided me with a great foundation for my future career path.”
And Andreas’ career path is shining bright. “My goals now are to finish my course successfully and then start my own business.
“If you have a dream you should go for it, life is too short to waste time with things you don’t like – you only live once,” he says.
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