Thirteen young Bahamians have been awarded scholarships to pursue tourism-related studies thanks to the support of the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association, the Bahamas Hotel Employers Association and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF). This year’s awards were valued at $70,000, making it the largest single year disbursement since 2005, when the organizations renewed the industry’s commitments to scholarship programs.
Since 2005, 107 scholarships have been awarded valued at $428,000.
Students were presented with award certificates at BHTA’s recent membership meeting by President Stuart Bowe. “We applaud our young people for their desire to pursue a career in our dynamic industry. We are pleased to invest in their education knowing that our industry’s success is clearly tied to their future. There are tremendous opportunities available to those who are prepared. ” states Bowe.
The industry raises funds for the scholarships and other education and training initiatives through BHTA’s annual Golf Tournament, their annual online auction, and room donations for auctioning by CHTAEF at the annual New York Times Travel Show.
This year BHTA will hold its 15th Annual Golf Tournament at the Ocean Club on Sunday, October 6th. Funds raised through sponsorships and golfer registrations will assist with awards to next year’s scholarship recipients.
This year’s scholarship recipients and their schools are: Tarran Edgar Simms, College of The Bahamas; Kevyn Pratt, Johnson & Wales; Dawn Dakota Ferguson, College of The Bahamas; D’Nae Baker, Johnson & Wales; Ianta Stubbs, College of The Bahamas; Nastassia Sears, Johnson Wales; Dinae Rolle, College of The Bahamas; Dominique Sturrup, Johnson & Wales; Maudline Goodman, College of The Bahamas; Jasmine Forbes, Johnson & Wales; Victoria Morris, College of The Bahamas; Rache Josey, Johnson & Wales; and Mikiayla Dames, Johnson & Wales.
The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association
Photo Caption: This year’s tourism-related student scholarship recipients are recognized at a recent meeting of the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association.