Sofia's passion pays off

Sofia, aged 22, from Le Marche, Italy, has been awarded £3,000 by the Edge Foundation, after she impressed a panel with her passion for the hospitality industry.

The Edge Hotel School is a partnership between the University of Essex and the Edge Foundation, an independent education charity which champions technical, practical and vocational learning. The school is the only one of its kind in the UK, where undergraduates study on a fast-track two year course to gain a respected degree in Hotel Management, combining academic studies with work in the four-star luxury Wivenhoe House hotel on campus.

Sofia said:

I am very pleased because I have many projects and I want someone to believe in them as much as I do. After finishing my degree I want to travel a bit and learn even more about hospitality before returning to Italy to open my own bed and breakfast.

Sofia was working in London when she found out about the Edge Hotel School.

I didn’t waste a minute thinking about it, I knew the course was right for me. This money will make everything easier as I am trying to do this course without asking my parents for money.

Jane Samuels, Head of Projects and Partnerships at the Edge Foundation said:

We are delighted to award Sofia with this scholarship. What we look for in potential Edge scholars is a passion for hospitality and a commitment to achieving their goals; someone who will, through ‘learning by doing’, become an asset to the industry. Sofia more than met our criteria.

The Edge Hotel School offers scholarships at each of its two annual intakes, in September and February. More information can be found on the website. To find out more about applying for 2016/17 contact the Admissions Team on or 01206 872 858.

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