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Tourism industry in Cavendish supports local business student through scholarship

Cyclists passing by the National Park beach in Cavendish.
Cyclists passing by the National Park beach in Cavendish. - Parks Canada

CAVENDISH, P.E.I. - Tourism Cavendish Beach awarded the Matthew Jelley Business and Tourism Scholarship to Morgan MacNeill at its fall general meeting in Cavendish.

The $1,000 scholarship is available to P.E.I. students enrolled in a tourism- or business-related discipline.

The objective of the business and tourism scholarship is to encourage increased professionalism in Prince Edward Island’s tourism industry.

MacNeill is currently taking the bachelor of business administration program at the University of Prince Edward Island.

His application spoke about what it was like to be raised on a family-owned tourism operation as well as getting an early start on employment, managing money and the importance of volunteering.

“I live on a fourth generation dairy farm and tourist operation. I’ve grown up watching my grandparents and father operate their business with satisfaction and success,” wrote MacNeill in his composition. “I enjoy and relate to the way business blends with everyday issues. I’ve taken several business courses throughout high school and quickly came to realize that this is the field I want to pursue a career in.”

Sandi Lowther, president of Tourism Cavendish Beach, congratulated MacNeill on the scholarship.

“We are very pleased to present this scholarship to Morgan MacNeill. He’s worked in the tourism industry in Cavendish for the past few years and we are positive that he will continue to help the industry grow and improve in the coming years.”

The Matthew Jelley Business and Tourism Scholarship was set up in 2013 in recognition of Jelley and his dedicated service to Cavendish, beaches and the Dune Shores Tourism Association.

Jelley has devoted himself to his entrepreneurial pursuits in Cavendish, and at the same time has spent years volunteering to help build a stronger tourism product on P.E.I.

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