12 Caribbean Nationals Win Tourism Scholarships from CTO

CTO logoBRIDGETOWN, BarbadosA dozen Caribbean nationals have been awarded scholarships and grants to the tune of US$45,000 to pursue studies in hospitality, tourism and language training.

Over eighty applications were received by the CTO Foundation, the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s scholarship programme, and following a thorough analysis of the applications, six scholarships and six grants were awarded.

“All of these individuals who 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.

“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,” she added. “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.”

This year, scholarships were awarded to applicants from Barbados, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Dominica, Martinique, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Nationals of Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica and St. Maarten were awarded grants

The scholarship winners are as follows:

Rhodni Skelton, BVI, MSc. Tourism with Project Management, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus

Lorine Bozin, Martinique, MSc. Management “Grand Ecole Program”, Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM)

Shona Quammie, St. Vincent & the Grenadines , Global MBA- International Business, Hospitality, Sports & Leisure Management, London School of Business & Finance (Online)

Dave Headley, St. Lucia, MSc. Tourism Management (Online), Colorado State University

Nikisha Rabess, Dominica, MSc. Tourism Marketing, University of Surrey

Keisha Springer, Barbados, MSc. Tourism & Events Management, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus

Study grants were awarded to the following:

Saskia Looser, St. Maarten, BA Hospitality Management with Language (French), Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, UK

Reneé Chambers, Jamaica, BSc. Tourism Management, The University of the West Indies- CHTM

Iman Derrick, Barbados, Travel- Tourism & Hospitality Management, Johnson and Wales North Miami University

David Thornhill, Dominica, BA International Hospitality & Tourism Management, Anglia Ruskin University, UK

Nadine Valentine, Jamaica, MSc. Tourism Hospitality Management, Mona School of Business & Management

Keishanna Brancroft, Barbados, BSc. Hospitality & Tourism Management, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus

Since 1998, the CTO Foundation has provided over 200 scholarships and grants totaling nearly US $1 million. Major Foundation contributors include American Express, American Airlines, Interval International, the CTO chapters and allied members worldwide.

The CTO Foundation, set up in 1997, is registered in New York State as a Not-for-Profit Corporation, formed exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.  Its main aim is to provide scholarships and study grants to students and industry personnel who are Caribbean nationals, from CTO-member countries, who wish to pursue studies in the areas of tourism/hospitality and language training.   CTO Foundation sponsors include American Express, American Airlines, Interval International, Universal Media, the CTO chapters worldwide and numerous CTO allied members.

About the Caribbean Tourism Organization

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with headquarters in Barbados and offices in New York and London, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising membership of over 30 countries and territories including Dutch, English, French and Spanish, as well as a myriad of private sector allied members. The CTO’s vision is to position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year round, warm weather destination, and its purpose is Leading Sustainable Tourism – One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean.

Among the benefits to its members the organization provides specialized support and technical assistance in sustainable tourism development, marketing, communications, advocacy, human resource development, event planning & execution and research & information technology.

In addition the CTO, in partnership with the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, jointly and equally owns the Caribbean Tourism Development Company, a marketing and business development entity dedicated to promoting the Caribbean brand worldwide.

The CTO’s Headquarters is located at Baobab Tower, Warrens, St. Michael, Barbados BB 22026; Tel: (246) 427-5242; Fax: (246) 429-3065; E-mail: CTObarbados@caribtourism.com.

The CTO’s New York office is located at 80 Broad St., Suite 3302, New York, NY 10004, USA: Tel: (212) 635-9530; Fax: (212) 635-9511; E-mail: CTOny@caribtourism.com;

The CTO’s London office is located at The Quadrant, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1BP, England. Tel: 011 44 208 948 0057; Fax: 011 44 208 948 0067; E-mail: CTOlondon@caribtourism.com;

For more information on the Caribbean Tourism Organization please visit www.OneCaribbean.org.

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