The names of the 2007 Tourism Scholarship recipients have been announced by Minister for Tourism Charles Clifford.
Caymanians wishing to pursue a Bachelor or Associate degree in a tourism or tourism-related discipline were invited to apply to the Ministry of Tourism scholarship programme earlier this year, and some ten students did just that, says a press release.
After working their way through both the application and the interview process eight applicants were successful, receiving scholarships to study Marketing, Public Relations and Communications, Tourism and Environmental Management, Hotel Management, Travel Tourism and Hospitality and the Visual Arts in universities and colleges in the US, England and Canada.
Scholarship recipients are: Amanda Berry, Noelani Bothwell, Marc Chin, Joshua Clark, Deandra Ebanks, Alyssa Miller, Brian Trickett, and Diana Virtue.
Mr. Clifford remarked, ‘There is no question that tourism is an extremely important contributor to the economy and livelihood of many Caymanians.
‘The overriding goal of this scholarship is to provide a steady stream of skilled and enthusiastic tourism professionals who will actively contribute to the future prosperity of the tourism industry.
‘This government believes in the power of education and congratulates the recipients. We wish them every success as they embark on this next, exciting step in the education process’.
Since the inception of this scholarship programme in 1996, more than 50 students (including the eight for 2007) have been awarded either full or partial scholarships and many of these students have gone on to work full time in the tourism industry, and some of the ‘Ministry’s graduates’ now hold senior positions at the Department of Tourism.