A highly “motivated and productive” St. Lucian woman is the recipient of a one-year Caribbean Hotel and Tourism (CHTA) Education Foundation scholarship.
Joanne Felix, 23, was one of two locals and several others from 13 Caribbean countries who applied for the scholarship. There were a total of 48 applications.
According to a press release from the St Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association, Felix is presently pursuing a bachelor of science degree in hospitality management at the Morgan State University in Baltimore, US.
She has earned a list of educational accomplishments which include being selected as the Business Management Student of the Year at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College in 2008. Felix, according to the release, has also continuously made the President’s and Deans Lists at the Grambling and Morgan State universities.
“She has a proven dedication to professionalism, achievement and discipline in the service industry and a focus on sustainable development practices,” the association said in the press release.
The CHTA Education Foundation application involved the writing of a 400-word essay that specifically described where and how the applicant wishes to use their knowledge and talent within the hospitality and tourism industry, the release said.
Felix’s winning essay was focused on the concept of “sustainability becoming an important differentiator among hospitality ventures”.
Members of the Board and staff of the St Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association applauded Felix on her “esteemed accomplishment” and took the opportunity to encourage managers to promote the scholarship within their establishments to ensure an increase in applicants from St. Lucia next year.
The release says that the CHTA Education Foundation was established in 1987 as a non-profit entity through which scholarships and other assistance would be made available for the education of Caribbean hotel and tourism industry personnel and students pursuing careers in the field.
Felix is the daughter of Luestar Felix and Marcus Leon.