Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Apply Now! CHTAEF Scholarship Supports Tourism Education

Deadline for major tourism scholarship is March 30,  2014

Interested in a career in tourism? Living in the Caribbean, one of the most heavily touristed regions in the world, and not sure how to begin?  The deadline of March 30, 2014 is approaching for students interested in scholarships from the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF). 

In 2013, CHTAEF awarded 24 scholarships totaling US$154,500 to Caribbean nationals pursuing higher education or professional development in hospitality and tourism, after receiving 48 qualified applications from 13 countries.  These young people are among the many 2013 winners.  See the other winners here.

Who is Eligible? What are the Rules?
CHTAEF urges all Caribbean tourism and hospitality students and professionals who require financial assistance to pursue their dreams of achieving and advancing their career in the tourism and hospitality field. 

CHTAEF awards worthy Caribbean nationals who demonstrate a strong commitment to the hospitality and tourism industry, proving the potential for future success, with scholarship money to enhance or further their expertise.  
  • Applications must be submitted with the approval of the applicant's local hotel association in order to be considered.

  • The absolute deadline for applications is March 30, 2014 at 5 pm Eastern Caribbean Time.  Full details can be found at http://www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com or by contacting one's local hotel association.

  • Scholarship recipients will be advised of their approval status and, if accepted, the amount of their award, no earlier than May 25, 2014.

Apply and See What Opportunities Exist
"Far too many people put off education and training because of financial constraints," said Richard S. Kahn, chairman of CHTAEF.  

Scholarship funds from CHTAEF can be used for academic tuition scholarships, short-course professional development tuition scholarships, work experience placement opportunities, and grants for tourism and hospitality teachers for furthering their education or to gain industry work experience.

"Many scholarship recipients have gone on to achieve great success, but it only works if those who need it take advantage," said Kahn, urging industry partners and media to spread the word on the opportunities available.

Sponsors for 2014 include Virgin Holidays, Interval International, FirstCaribbean International Bank, Johnson & Wales University, Florida International University, Monroe College and University of Memphis.
Since 1987, the Education Foundation has awarded approximately US$2 million in scholarships and grants to applicants who demonstrate a strong commitment to the hotel and tourism industry. This group is also active in supporting Haitian students and tourism industry personnel following the devastating earthquake in January 2010 by facilitating a holistic Spoken English/ Practical Hospitality Skills training project in Port au Prince, leading to Haitian students moving to various Caribbean colleges to study for their Associates and Bachelors degrees, so able to return home and be major catalysts in the uplift of Haitian tourism.
Applicants interested in more information should visit www.chtaeducationfoundation.com or www.Facebook.com/CHTAEducationFoundation, call (571) 436-4386 or email foundation@caribbeanhotelandtourism.com.

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