Caribbean nationals wishing to study tourism or hospitality and language training are being offered the opportunity to secure scholarships from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.
The region’s tourism development agency, through its scholarship foundation, is awarding scholarships of as much as US$12,000 to individuals wanting to study tourism or hospitality at the postgraduate level and language training for people already working in the tourism sector.
In addition, the foundation is offering study grants of up to $2,500 to individuals pursing tourism and hospitality studies at the certificate, diploma, associate degree or undergraduate level. Studies can be pursued both within and outside the Caribbean region.
“The foundation selects individuals who demonstrate high levels of achievement and leadership both within and outside the classroom and who express a strong interest in making a positive contribution to Caribbean tourism,” said Bonita Morgan, the organisation’s director of regional human resource development.
The foundation also offers a scholarship of up to $2,500 in the name of Arley Sobers, former director of research and information management. Mr. Sobers, who passed away in 2008, dedicated more than two decades of his working life in the service of the Caribbean Tourism Organization. This scholarship is for people working in local tourism organisations, such as the ministry of tourism or the board of tourism who wish to strengthen their skills in the areas of research and statistics.
A scholarship of as much as $7,500 is also being offered in the name of the late Audrey Palmer Hawks, the past director general of the Caribbean Tourism Association, which eventually merged in 1989 with the Caribbean Tourism Research and Development Centre to form the Caribbean Tourism Organization.
Ms Hawks was responsible for marketing the Caribbean region as a tourist attraction to travellers in the United States and Canada.
More than 190 Caribbean nationals have benefitted from the Caribbean Tourism Organization scholarship and grants programme to the tune of more than $760,000 since the foundation was founded in 1997.
The Caribbean Tourism Organization has also secured more than $250,000 in scholarship funds from Monroe College to assist Caribbean students pursuing further education in tourism–related subjects. The two institutions signed a memorandum of understanding last June through which Monroe College will commit $83,600 annually to the organisation.
This will provide scholarships and grants to at least 30 highly qualified Caribbean citizens who are interested in pursuing full-time studies or advancing their careers in the tourism sector.
The foundation is already accepting applications for the 2013 scholarships and study grants programme and interested parties have until Monday, 15 April, to send in their application forms.
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