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 grant 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.