Caribbean nationals wishing to study tourism or hospitality can receive scholarships of up to US$12,000 from the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) Foundation. The Foundation has begun accepting applications for 2005 scholarships and study grants from Caribbean nationals in CTO member countries.“The aim of the CTO Foundation is to provide opportunities for Caribbean nationals to pursue studies in the areas of tourism, hospitality and language training,” CTO’s director of human resources, Bonita Morgan, said.
“The Foundation selects individuals who demonstrate high levels of achievement and leadership both within and outside the classroom and who express a strong interest in making a positive contribution to Caribbean tourism,” she added.
The CTO Foundation offers two types of assistance - scholarships of between US$8,000 and US$12,000 to individuals wanting to study tourism or hospitality at the Master’s (post graduate) level and study grants of up to US$2,500 to individuals pursuing tourism/hospitality studies at the certificate, diploma, associate degree or first degree level. Industry personnel who want to gain proficiency in a foreign language to assist them in their job can also qualify for study grants.
Studies can be pursued both within and outside the region.
Persons wishing to apply for either scholarships or study grants have until April 15, 2005 to get their applications in. Application forms are available at www.onecaribbean.org and at CTO offices, local ministries of tourism, tourist boards, and hotel associations.
Since 1997 the CTO Foundation has provided 15 major scholarships and 44 study grants to deserving Caribbean nationals, amounting to just over US$348,000. Major Foundation sponsors include American Express, American Airlines, Interval International, Universal Media, the CTO Chapters worldwide, and numerous allied members.
In 2004, the Foundation provided support to 16 people to study in various programmes related to the tourism/hospitality sector, to the tune of approximately US$60,000.