The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) has awarded a record number of scholarships to 36 Caribbean students for a total of US$141,800 in funding to enable them to pursue higher education in the hospitality and tourism fields.
Madeline Layne, who will be going to Johnson & Wales to pursue culinary studies, was the lone Barbadian student receiving a scholarship.
“This year’s applicant pool was so strong that the Board of Trustees had a difficult time in choosing who to provide funding for scholarships. Most of the 85-plus applicants deserved to receive funds towards their education so they may become productive individuals working in the vital Caribbean hospitality industry,” said Richard S. Kahn, chairman of CHTAEF.
“We are only limited by the funds we have been able to generate from corporate donors such as Interval International and Virgin Holidays as well as The New York Times Travel Show auction where hotel stays are donated from across the Caribbean and purchased by consumers thereby providing funds for scholarships.
“We congratulate all of our scholarship recipients and thank our generous corporate sponsors and the many hotels and resorts and individuals without whose contributions these scholarships would not be possible,” he added.
Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Sue Springer also congratulated the winners.
“We say a huge congrats to all the winners this year, especially our own winner, Madeline. We want to wish her all the best in her studies. Well done!”
However, Springer said that this year there were only three applicants form Barbados, which is the lowest number to date.
“We were extremely disappointed by this number as this is an opportunity for persons to further their studies.
“We know in these times any assistance helps and so we continue to encourage persons within the industry to take advantage of these opportunities. Furthering your education in this fast-pace, ever changing world is extremely important to personal development and also enhances customer deliverables and service, which is extremely important in this industry.”
Scholarships were awarded based on prior academic achievements, previous work or internships in the Caribbean hospitality industry and economic needs.