The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Tourism Association (CHTAEF) announces it’s 2017 scholarship program to Caribbean students pursuing higher education in the fields of hospitality and tourism. The scholarship has given recipients the chance to earn their degrees at accredited universities around the world, as well as internships, professional development, and job placements. Interested applicants must show a strong commitment to the industry and academic merit. Previous scholarship recipients with a GPA of 3.0 or higher may also reapply. The deadline to apply is Thursday March 30th, 2017.
There are a few options when it comes to applying. Scholarships such as the Virgin Holidays/ Hospitality Management and Florida International University grant up to $10,000 to their recipients for studies in tourism and hospitality. Scholarships for professional development like the Interval International, First Caribbean Bank, and Starwood Hotels can be up to $9,000 annually, while scholarships for academic merit, such as the Monroe College Scholarship, the University of Memphis, and the Johnson and Wales offer between $2,500 and $10,000 to students who maintain a high GPA.
The move to further Caribbean education has been backed by hotels across the country. Richard Kahn, chairman of the Caribbean and Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation, and Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) president Karolin Troubetzkoy, stated: “We are extremely grateful for the support we received from hotels over the past year for the education foundation. We wish to particularly single out corporate partners Interval International and Virgin Holidays for their unstinting commitment to Caribbean education.”
The CHTAEF has awarded over $2 million in scholarships and grants to applicants. In 2016, the foundation awarded 28 scholarships, worth $130,352 in funding, for students and industry professionals focusing their education in the tourism and hospitality field. The foundation also offers scholarships for work experience programs, environmental internships, and event management, and these additional options can range from $500 to $5,000 in financial support.
To apply for a scholarship, you must be a Caribbean citizen, have three references, (including one from a hotel or tourism industry person), and an endorsement letter from your local National Hotel Association. All applications must be submitted by Thursday, March 30th, 2017. For more information on the scholarship program you can call 571/436-4386, or send an email to Foundation@CaribbeanHotelandTourism.com. Winners of the scholarship will be notified by email by June of this year.
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