Three Barbadians are among a dozen recipients of scholarships and grants from the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Foundation.
Keisha Springer, Iman Derrick and Keishanna Brancroft were picked from over 80 applicants to get financial assistance to pursue studies in hospitality, tourism and language training.
“All of these individuals demonstrated high levels of achievement and leadership, both within and outside of the classroom,” said Jacqueline Johnson, chairman of the board of directors of the CTO Foundation.
The scholarships and grants to the Caribbean nationals amount to US$45,000.
However, Johnson said the CTO Foundation wanted more funding so it could give to more deserving people.
“We would have loved to offer even more scholarships this year, but the number we give is limited by the level of funding that we receive. I wish to appeal to everyone in the Caribbean and those doing business in the Caribbean to contribute whatever little that they can to this very worthy cause,” she said.
Springer was awarded a scholarship to pursue a Master of Science in tourism and events management at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.
Derrick and Bancroft received study grants.
While Bancroft will be studying for a Bachelor of Science in hospitality and tourism management at the Cave Hill Campus, Derrick will be pursuing studies in travel-tourism and hospitality management at Johnson & Wales North Miami University.
The other scholarships and grants were awarded to nationals of the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Jamaica, Martinique, St Lucia, St Maarten and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Since 1998, the CTO Foundation has provided over 200 scholarships and grants, totalling nearly US$1 million. Major foundation contributors include American Express, American Airlines, Interval International, the CTO chapters and allied members worldwide.