Last call for scholarship applicants

Caymanians wishing to apply for the Caribbean Tourism Organization Foundation’s scholarships and study grants need to get their applications in by 15 April, 2006, says a press release from the Department of Tourism.

The regional organisation provides scholarships and study grants to Caribbean nationals, both students and industry personnel, who wish to pursue studies in the areas of tourism, hospitality and language training.

‘Strong competition from other destinations has meant that our focus is now on service,’ said Robert Weishan, Manager DoT’s Human Capital Development unit. ‘These scholarships and study grants are a fantastic way for Caymanians to receive the training necessary to achieve higher service standards.’

Two Caymanian study grant recipients – Colleen Cummings and Danielle Broderick – are currently studying Hospitality Management at the Johnson & Wales University and University of Central Florida respectively.

The Foundation offers two types of assistance:

Scholarships of up to US$20,000 to individuals wanting to study tourism or hospitality at the Master’s (post graduate) level;

Study grants of up to US$2,500 to individuals pursuing tourism/hospitality studies at the certificate, diploma or degree level; and

Study grants for industry personnel who want to gain proficiency in a second language to assist them in their job.

Successful candidates must demonstrate high levels of achievement and leadership, and express a strong interest in contributing to Caribbean tourism, says the release.

Scholarships are for a period of between one year and 18 months, beginning in August/September 2006. Studies can be pursued both within and outside the region.

Persons in the Cayman Islands wishing to apply for either the scholarships or the study grants can obtain application forms and related information from the Department of Tourism. Application forms are also available at all CTO offices and online at CTO’s website: www.onecaribbean.org

Forms must be filled out with all of the necessary information and returned to CTO’s headquarters in Barbados – One Financial Place, Collymore Rock, St. Michael, Barbados – by 15 April 15.

Since 1998 the Foundation has awarded 26 scholarships and 64 study grants, amounting to a cash value of over US$500,000. Major Foundation sponsors include American Express, American Airlines, Interval International, the CTO Chapters worldwide and numerous allied members.

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