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 The Caribbean Hotel Foundation Awards 39 Academic
Scholarships Totaling $144,500 to Caribbean Students
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (August 16, 2006) – The Caribbean Hotel Foundation awarded 39 academic scholarships totaling a record amount of US$144,500 to promising Caribbean students and industry professionals from 16 Caribbean islands.  This is a new record for the non-profit subsidiary of the Caribbean Hotel Association, which reaffirms it as the largest scholarship program in the Caribbean hospitality industry and one of the top programs in the industry worldwide. 
 
Applications were received from Caribbean nationals with a wide variety of educational interests and industry backgrounds.  Among the group of winners are high school graduates in pursue of Associate and Bsc. Degrees, hotel industry staff interested in professional development opportunities, and Tourism & Hospitality university graduates looking forward to advanced degrees and certifications.  “The scholarships granted are a testimony of tomorrow’s trends and practices in our industry.  From summer schools in Profitability and Food Service Management to Certifications in Eco-tourism, almost all of the applicants’ educational interests are somehow related to the sustainable development of the tourism product and the preservation of Caribbean’s identity, especially through Cuisine.” said Gill Titcombe, coordinator of the CHF.
 
Proving that the private sector plays a key role in the development of the Caribbean hotel and tourism industry, significant contributions were received from Virgin Holidays, Interval International, The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise Lines, and the Johnson & Wales University. In addition, the Foundation raised $80,700 through the annual live and silent auctions, held during the Caribbean Hotel Industry Conference (CHIC 2006), and $7,000 generated by the St. Lucia Golf Tournament and generous donations from CHA members.  “Thanks to contributions of our industry partners and the hard work of our Coordinator, the Caribbean Hotel Foundation has become the biggest and most versatile scholarship program in the tourism and hospitality industry, with awards to promising students and industry professionals at all levels.” said Alec Sanguinetti, Director General and CEO of the Caribbean Hotel Association.
 
The 2006 recipients of the Caribbean Hotel Foundation scholarships are:
 
Antigua:
Christina Andrew         Rooms Management Tactics for Profitability at Cornell
Albert Creese              Prof. Chef 1, 2, 3 / Wine Course 3 at the Culinary Institute of America
Karen Henry                Rooms Management Tactics for Profitability at Cornell
Paula Rolle-Tonge        Food Service Management at Cornell
Leslyn Lawrence          Baking & Pastry Art at the Culinary Institute of America
Andrea George            Associate Degree Hospitality Management at the Trinidad & Tobago Hospitality & Tourism Institute
Olvanah Richardson     Prof. Chef 2 / Asian Cuisine at the Culinary Inst. of America, granted by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
Desroy Spence            Frontline Leadership Skills, Medium Cooking and Asian Cuisine at the Culinary Institute of America, granted by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
Aruba:
Undina Harms              Masters International Leisure and Tourism at the CHN University (special CHF Grant for teachers)
Denyse Fingal              Bsc. Culinary Arts at the Johnson & Wales University, granted by the Johnson & Wales University
Bahamas:
Annette Nesbitt           Hospitality Management at Bahamas Hotel Training College, granted by Carnival Cruise Lines
Helen Bhola                Hospitality and Tourism Management at Florida International University
Barbados:
Kelly-Ann Mayers        Managerial Behavior and Team Effectiveness at Cornell
Cayman Islands:
Elizabeth Depledge      Certificate in Global Remuneration & Human Resources
Curaçao:
Aishel Kleinmoedig       Leadership & Motivation at Cornell, granted by Carnival Cruise Lines
Dominica: 
Rhozi Kelly Williams      Bsc. Hospitality Management at Florida Intl. University, continuation of 2005-2006 $10,000 Virgin Holidays Tourism Management Award
Dominican Republic:
Ruth Martínez              International Sustainable Eco-Tourism at Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, granted by the    Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association
Ramon Moreno             Front Office Mgmt at Cornell
Yajaira Garcia              Human Resources Certificate at Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra 
Grenada:
Lyndeon George          Ass. Degree in Hospitality Studies at the Barbados Community College
Lynthia Modeste          Hospitality Management at the Barbados Community College
Jamaica:
Caston Carr                 Bsc. Culinary Arts at the Johnson & Wales University 
Jomo Morris                 Ass. Degree Culinary Arts at the Johnson & Wales University, granted by the Johnson & Wales University
Puerto Rico:
Adriana Vera                Bsc. Hospitality Mgmt. at the Johnson & Wales University 
Joanna López              Ass. Degree in Culinary Arts at Universidad del Este
Jennifer Solivan            Ass. Degree in Culinary Arts at Universidad del Este
Raúl Pizarro                 Bsc. Culinary Arts at Universidad del Este
St. Kitts & Nevis:
Errington Fyfield           Bsc. Tourism & Hospitality Management at University of West Indies, granted by Interval International
St. Lucia:
Claudia Edward           Hotel & Tourism Management at Institut Vatel Nimes, France
Genavie Pierre             Bsc. Hospitality Mgmt at University of West Indies
Victoria Elliodore          Bsc. Tourism Management at University of West Indies
Marian Agard               MBA in Project Management at Henley’s College
Sarah George              Ass. Degree in Culinary Arts at the Barbados Community College
St. Vincent & the Grenadines:
Collette Simons            Bsc. Hotel Management at University of West Indies 
Trinidad & Tobago:
Ria Joseph                   Bsc. Travel &Tourism Management at the Johnson & Wales University
Sarah Costello Bsc.      Hospitality and Tourism at Mount St. Vernon, Nova Scotia
Sonia Beharry              Bsc. Hospitality Management at Florida International University
Derlon Felix                  International Hotel & Tourism Mgmt. at the Johnson & Wales University, granted by Interval International
U.S. Virgin Islands:
Tessa Richardson         Ass. Degree Hotel Management at the Johnson & Wales University
The Caribbean Hotel Foundation was established in 1987 as a non-profit organization, through which scholarships and special assistance would be made available for the education of Caribbean hotel industry personnel and students pursuing hotel careers. As part of its mission, the Foundation provides people throughout the Caribbean region with an awareness of the industry’s varied career opportunities, as well as technical and professional development. Since 1987, the Foundation has awarded close to US$1 million in scholarships and grants to applicants who demonstrate a strong commitment to the hotel and tourism industry.  
 
There is no CHA membership requirement to apply for CHF scholarships.  Applications for 2007-2008 will be available January 2007.  For more information on requirements and application forms, access www.caribbeanhotelfoundation.org or contact Gill Titcombe, CHF Coordinator, Caribbean Hotel Association, T 787-725-9139; F 787-725-9108; e-mail: info@caribbeanhotelfoundation.org.

About the Caribbean Hotel Association – www.caribbeanhotels.org   
The Caribbean Hotel Association is dedicated to excellence in hospitality, leadership in marketing, and sustainable growth in tourism, to the benefit of its membership and that of the wider Caribbean community. It aims to be a regional forum that will advance the Caribbean hotel and tourism industry. The members of CHA represent the entire spectrum of hospitality industry’s private sector, from 835 member hotels representing some 127,000 hotel rooms in 36 national hotel associations, to 520 allied members including airline executives, tour operators, travel agents, trade and consumer press, hotel and restaurant suppliers, and others. 

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Contact:

Lorraine Ortiz
lortiz@caribbeanhotels.org
Tel 787 725 9139
 

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Also See: Antigua's Rob Sherman Takes Over Leadership Of Caribbean Hotel Foundation; To Expand Scholarship Program / December 2003

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