Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association awards record number of scholarships

Scholarship Money

FLORIDA, United States, Friday June 19, 2015 – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) has awarded a record number of scholarships to 36 Caribbean-based students for a total of US$141,800 in funding to enable Caribbean nationals to pursue a higher education in hospitality and tourism fields.

“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,” said Richard Kahn, chairman of CHTAEF.

“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. We are only limited by the funds we’ve 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.”

Scholarship recipients are either starting their studies or continuing their education in various specialties in the hospitality industry.

Scholarships were awarded based on prior academic achievements, previous work or internships in the Caribbean hospitality industry and economic needs.

The 2015 scholarship winners are as follows. The list includes the winners’ countries, the schools they are attending and the courses they are pursuing.

            AnguillaSusan Brookes, to Anglia Ruskin for Human Resources; Zenya Greenaway, to University of the West Indies for Human Resources.
AntiguaLatoya Gonsalves, to Culinary Institute of America for Culinary; Tiffany Gordon, to University of Technology for Culinary; Kempton McCalmont, to University of the West Indies for Hospitality Management; Nadia Robinson, to Monroe College for Hospitality Management;Gabrielle Thomas, to Johnson & Wales Rhode Island for Culinary.
ArubaArantxa Alves, to Berkeley College of New York for Marketing;  Christopher Geerman, to Florida International University for Hospitality Management.
BahamasKirvez Ferguson, to Johnson & Wales for Food Service Management; Brittney Hanna, to Johnson & Wales for Culinary; Tarran Simms, to Arizona State University for Sustainable Tourism; Dwayne Sinclair, to Kendall College for Hospitality Management; Donovan Smith, to Johnson & Wales for Culinary; Kenia Taylor, to Florida International University for Tourism Management; Blair Thompson, to Johnson & Wales for Culinary; Travis Delva, to Johnson & Wales for Hospitality Management.
BarbadosMadeline Layne, to Johnson & Wales for Culinary.
HaitiKareen Etienne, to Florida International University for Hospitality Management.
JamaicaKelsey Girod, to Johnson & Wales for Culinary; Josh Parkins, to Johnson & Wales Rhode Island for Culinary; Gason Powell, to Florida International University for Hospitality Management; Jordon Richards, to Johnson & Wales Rhode Island for Culinary.
Puerto RicoDruso Daubon, to Culinary Institute of America for Culinary; Patricia Diaz-Centeno, to Boston University for Event Management.
St. KittsJamila Boddie, to Florida International University for Restaurant Management.
St. LuciaPaulyn Eugene, to Trinidad &Tobago Hospitality Institute for Culinary; Sarah George, to Johnson & Wales for Culinary.
St. MaartenCaroline Nolasco, to University of St. Maarten for Hospitality Management.
Turks & CaicosAlisa Folkes, to Ashworth College for Tourism Management.
U.S. Virgin IslandsCathriellah Shabazz, to University of Virgin Islands for Hospitality Management; Emmaleah Turner, to University of Virgin Islands for Hospitality Management;Shekeenah Caesar, to Johnson & Wales for Hospitality Management.
Trinidad & TobagoSarah Jagdip, to Johnson & Wales for Culinary; Sarita Singh, to Mount Saint Vincent University for Hospitality Management; Je Zen Levia, to Mount Saint Vincent University for Hospitality Management.

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