Hilton Barbados Resort has launched two scholarship programmes to assist its team members and their families.
During the launch ceremony held recently, director of human resources Cheryl Corbin explained that the Education Programme For Young Professionals and Building Family Foundation Scholarships were intended to build individual and family financial strength and viability and, by extension, the Barbadian community.
“The Education Programme For Young Professionals Scholarship targets team members and provides them with the means to further their studies in a field that will be beneficial to themselves, the company and the industry as a whole. It includes payment of fees and associated costs and, to date, we have already awarded one applicant: Marisa Goddard.
Corbin noted that the second scholarship –– the Building Family Foundation –– was geared towards developing family members of team members to a management level position at the property. After completion of two years of work experience throughout the various departments at Hilton Barbados Resort, the successful candidate will earn a supervisory/management level position at the property.
“Hilton Barbados Resort has over the years been involved in building the community through various activities, including our adoption of schools and children’s homes, our on-going internship programme and our commitment to the Barbados Community College, Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, the University of the West Indies and other universities.
“We see these programmes as necessary in our efforts of supporting Barbadian students in achieving the . . . education and experience to allow them to complete their various programmes, and we are now taking it a step further with the launch of our two scholarships,” Corbin said.
Endorsing the scholarships, general manager of Hilton Barbados Resort, George Stanfield, credited Marisa with being the spark for the idea for the scholarship which she attained. “It is amazing that as young as she is, Marisa is so determined and focused.
“She is a back-line cook and chef and I think it’s pretty amazing. If you ever got the chance to see her in action –– it is not for everyone and it is not easy, and sometimes we take for granted the talent, strength and capabilities you need for her job, especially as a young woman.”