Scholarships Totaling $144,500 to Caribbean Students
|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:
Christina Andrew Rooms Management Tactics for Profitability at CornellAruba:
Undina Harms Masters International Leisure and Tourism at the CHN University (special CHF Grant for teachers)Bahamas:
Annette Nesbitt Hospitality Management at Bahamas Hotel Training College, granted by Carnival Cruise LinesBarbados:
Kelly-Ann Mayers Managerial Behavior and Team Effectiveness at CornellCayman Islands:
Elizabeth Depledge Certificate in Global Remuneration & Human ResourcesCuraçao:
Aishel Kleinmoedig Leadership & Motivation at Cornell, granted by Carnival Cruise LinesDominica:
Rhozi Kelly Williams Bsc. Hospitality Management at Florida Intl. University, continuation of 2005-2006 $10,000 Virgin Holidays Tourism Management AwardDominican Republic:
Ruth Martínez International Sustainable Eco-Tourism at Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, granted by the Florida-Caribbean Cruise AssociationGrenada:
Lyndeon George Ass. Degree in Hospitality Studies at the Barbados Community CollegeJamaica:
Caston Carr Bsc. Culinary Arts at the Johnson & Wales UniversityPuerto Rico:
Adriana Vera Bsc. Hospitality Mgmt. at the Johnson & Wales UniversitySt. Kitts & Nevis:
Errington Fyfield Bsc. Tourism & Hospitality Management at University of West Indies, granted by Interval InternationalSt. Lucia:
Claudia Edward Hotel & Tourism Management at Institut Vatel Nimes, FranceSt. Vincent & the Grenadines:
Collette Simons Bsc. Hotel Management at University of West IndiesTrinidad & Tobago:
Ria Joseph Bsc. Travel &Tourism Management at the Johnson & Wales UniversityU.S. Virgin Islands:
Tessa Richardson Ass. Degree Hotel Management at the Johnson & Wales UniversityThe 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: email@example.com.
About the Caribbean Hotel Association – www.caribbeanhotels.org
|Also See:||Antigua's Rob Sherman Takes Over Leadership Of Caribbean Hotel Foundation; To Expand Scholarship Program / December 2003|