Amy Thompson, a 19-year-old Caymanian interested in the hospitality industry, has received an $8,000 scholarship from Comfort Suites.
General Manager Thomas Mason said Ms. Thompson is very deserving of the scholarship opportunity.
“We are excited to see her progress through university and return to work at Comfort Suites and take on a position with more authority and responsibility,” he said.
Ms. Thompson was initially hired as a front desk clerk, and Mr. Mason said they were very impressed with her customer service and her work ethic.
“In short, she is an ideal candidate to sponsor in furthering the hospitality industry in the Cayman Islands,” he said.
Ms. Thompson plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in hospitality at the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom.
“The reason why I started doing hospitality is because I have a passion for helping people and meeting people’s needs, and I don’t like a 9-to–5 shift where you just sit behind a desk,” she said. “I want to get out there and make a change, make people happy, and get them to know a little bit more about my island.
“It’s wonderful, it’s like a dream come true,” she said of the scholarship. “Getting help from Mr. Mason … [and] to have them help me to pursue a dream of someday becoming a hotel manager – it’s great.”
Mr. Mason said, “Although we’re not a large hotel with a significant budget, we do want to help employees, especially our young Caymanian employees, achieve their goals and potential.”