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UK-based Publication, Aided by Two Caribbean Resorts, Supports CTO Scholarship Foundation

NEW YORK, NY (1 Oct. 2019) – A Birmingham, UK-based publication is throwing its support behind the CTO Scholarship Foundation in an initiative aided by two Caribbean resorts.

The Phoenix newspaper has selected the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) as its exclusive partner for its 9th annual anniversary awards gala on 16 Nov. 2019. The gala will serve as a fundraiser for the CTO Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)3 approved charity in the United States that offers scholarships and grants to Caribbean nationals pursuing studies in tourism and related subjects.

“In keeping with our ethos of community cohesion, our commitment to helping the youth realise their aspirations, and our association with CTO this year, we will play a part in helping to provide opportunities to the next generation by raising funds for the CTO Scholarship Foundation,” said Marcia McLaughlin, the publisher and CEO of The Phoenix.

The CTO has worked with The Phoenix in the past, having provided speakers for the gala awards in the last three years. This year the paper invited the organisation to be a partner by lending its name to the event to help attract funds for the foundation.

In a show of support for the CTO’s programme to inspire the next generation of tourism leaders in the region, two Caribbean resorts – the adults-only, all-inclusive Warwick Paradise Island – Bahamas and Mango Bay in Barbados – are both contributing five-night all-inclusive holidays to the fundraiser.

“We are grateful to The Phoenix for offering to help raise funds for the CTO Scholarship Foundation as part of its awards gala programme this year,” said Jacqueline Johnson, CTC, chairperson of the CTO Scholarship Foundation and president of Global Bridal Group. “We are grateful to both Warwick Paradise Island – Bahamas and Mango Bay, Barbados for generously providing stays at their respective resorts so we can auction off the getaways to benefit the foundation. We rely on partners such as these to expand the financial ability of the foundation to provide the grants and scholarships.”

The CTO Scholarship Foundation has the expressed aim of training and developing future leaders for the Caribbean tourism industry by funding studies in tourism and tourism-related subjects, hospitality and language. Since its inception, the foundation has provided over 280 grants and scholarships worth over US$1 million to Caribbean nationals pursuing further studies. The money spent thus far has been raised from various fundraising efforts and through the very generous support of a few major corporations.

The foundation is managed by a board of directors, comprising private and public sector individuals, who volunteer their time and talent to support and guide its efforts.

Individuals who wish to make a contribution to the CTO Scholarship Foundation can do so via its GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/cto-scholarship-foundation. Corporations interested in participating with the programme should contact Sylma Brown at CTO directly: Tel: (212) 635-9530; E-mail: [email protected].

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Nevisian Educator is First-Ever Recipient of Bonita Morgan Memorial Scholarship

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (11 July 2019) – A Nevisian secondary school teacher with a history of success in preparing students for the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s Tourism Youth Congress has been selected as the first-ever recipient of the Bonita Morgan Memorial Scholarship.

Philicia Walters, a graduate teacher at Gingerland Secondary School, was chosen by the CTO Scholarship Foundation for this scholarship named in honour of the organisation’s former head of human resources who passed away in April 2018 after serving 22 years as the CTO’s director of human resources and later, the director of resource mobilisation and development.

“As a recent teacher chaperone of the CTO Tourism Youth Congress, I would have interacted with Bonita Morgan on several occasions and have always been impacted by her dedication and zeal to ensure that the Caribbean’s tourism product remains among the best in the world. Furthermore, she was also passionate about making certain that our young tourism ambassadors were aware of the region’s diverse contributions. Hence, to be accorded a scholarship in her honour is a humbling experience,” said Walters, who is pursuing a Masters Degree in Tourism Management at Colorado State University in the United States.

Since 2011 Walters has been preparing students at her school for the youth congress, two of whom have emerged as winners. She also teaches tourism and delves deeper into tourism concepts as part of her syllabus for her geography and social studies courses.

“I am confident that with the aid of the Bonita Morgan Memorial Scholarship to finalise this aspect of my educational journey, I will be better empowered to assist in the development of tourism in Nevis and the Caribbean by extension,” Walters said.

This year the foundation granted five scholarships and five study grants – approximately US$35,000 – from a list of over 60 applications. Among the recipients is Valerie Derosin, a meteorological trainee officer at the Bahamas department of meteorology, who is the first-ever recipient of the Delta Air Lines scholarship for Caribbean nationals interested in pursuing studies in aviation or air transport technologies. Derosin is pursuing an aircraft/airline dispatcher programme that includes U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and National Aviation Administration certification at Jeppesen in Denver, Colorado.

The other scholarship recipients are:

  • Peter Thompson of Jamaica, who’s pursuing a BSc. in Tourism Management at the University of the West Indies
  • Nyssa Pierre of Trinidad and Tobago, who’s pursuing a destination management graduate certificate at Temple University’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Johnnel Smith of Jamaica, the recipient of theAudrey Palmer Hawks Scholarship.

In addition, the foundation approved study grants to Shanel Edmund of Grenada, Christine Gibson of Barbados, Randel Henry and Nigel Peters of Dominica, and Metellus Werlens of Haiti.

The CTO Scholarship Foundation offers assistance to 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.

Individuals who wish to make a contribution to the CTO Scholarship Foundation can do so via its GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/cto-scholarship-foundation. Corporations interested in participating with the Scholarship program should contact Sylma Brown at CTO directly: Tel: (212) 635-9530; E-mail: [email protected].

The CTO Scholarship Foundation is a 501 (C)(3) entity established in 1997 with the aim of training and developing future leaders for the Caribbean tourism industry by funding studies in tourism and tourism-related subjects, hospitality and language. Since its inception, the foundation has raised over US$1 million in scholarship funds and has provided over 280 grants and scholarships.

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Revamped Caribbean Education Charity Has New Name

NEW YORK, NY (20 June 2019) – Having this year expanded the areas of study for which it would provide financial support, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s education charity now has a new name.

The CTO Foundation, launched in 1989 to assist Caribbean nationals pursuing further studies in tourism/hospitality and language, is now officially the CTO Scholarship Foundation.

“We renamed the foundation to clarify its purpose in the public eye so that everyone will understand that the goal of the foundation is to provide scholarships to Caribbean nationals who are seeking to advance themselves in the various fields associated with tourism in the Caribbean,” said Sylma Brown, director of CTO USA Inc and the foundation’s treasurer.

The CTO Scholarship Foundation is a 501(C)3 approved charity in the United States and “we wanted to ensure that potential donors knew that contributions are tax deductible under U.S. IRS laws,” Brown added.

The CTO Scholarship Foundation has the expressed aim of training and developing future leaders for the Caribbean tourism industry by funding studies in tourism and tourism-related subjects, hospitality and language. Since its inception, the foundation has generated over US$1 million in scholarship funds and has provided over 280 grants and scholarships. The money spent thus far has been raised from various fundraising efforts and through the very generous support of a few major corporations.

All money generated through fundraising is used for scholarships. The foundation is managed by a board of directors, comprising private and public sector individuals, who dedicate their time and talent to support and guide the charity’s efforts.

“We have been providing study grants and scholarships for more than 20 years and are very proud that the CTO Scholarship Foundation has made a difference in the lives of many Caribbean youth and working professionals and their respective families,” said Jacqueline Johnson, CTC, chairperson of the CTO Scholarship Foundation and president of Global Bridal Group.

“As we further the education of Caribbean nationals in the tourism industry we equip them to lead their countries to greater prosperity in the future as tourism is the leading driver of foreign exchange in the region,” Johnson said, adding: “There is nothing more important that one can do today than prepare for tomorrow.”

In order to provide more opportunities for Caribbean nationals pursuing higher education and careers in the tourism industry, the foundation enhanced and expanded its programme earlier this year by introducing scholarships of up to $5000 in public relations and communications; tourism education and human resources development; hotel, resort, and villa development, design and planning; and aviation and air transport technologies. A master’s degree scholarship of no less than US$5,000 is also being offered for studies in tourism-related disciplines, including language, agriculture, fisheries, horticulture, event management, interior design, medical tourism, architecture, sports, culture and heritage, environmental protection and preservation, while study grants of US$2500 are being offered to those seeking to improve their skills in any tourism-related field of study.

Individuals who wish to make a contribution to the CTO Scholarship Foundation can do so via its GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/cto-scholarship-foundation.   Interested corporations should contact Sylma Brown at CTO directly: Tel: (212) 635-9530; E-mail: [email protected].

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CTO Foundation Expands Programme with Industry-Specific Scholarships for Caribbean Nationals

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (25 Feb. 2019) – In an effort to provide more opportunities for Caribbean nationals pursuing higher education and careers in the tourism industry, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Scholarship Foundation has enhanced and expanded its programme.

With the support of partners in the private sector, the foundation is this year introducing scholarships of up to $5000 in public relations and communications; tourism education or human resources development; hotel, resort, or villa development, design and/or planning; and aviation or air transport technologies. In addition, the Arley Sobers Memorial Scholarship for those seeking to enhance their skills in tourism research or statistics is being doubled from US$2500 to $5000, while a master’s degree scholarship of no less than US$5,000 is being offered for studies in tourism-related disciplines, including language, agriculture, fisheries, horticulture, event management, interior design, medical tourism, architecture, sports, culture and heritage, environmental protection and preservation.

The foundation is also offering a US$5000 scholarship to Caribbean nationals interested in pursuing a first degree in tourism management or marketing, as well as study grants of US$2500 to those seeking to improve their skills in any tourism-related field of study that will enhance the development of a sustainable tourism industry and boost service excellence in the region.

“By expanding the programme to include financial support for study in this wide range of tourism-related subjects, the CTO Scholarship Foundation seeks to meet its objective of ensuring that the brightest and the best are attracted to careers in the tourism sector or in areas that impact tourism, thereby helping to build a Caribbean tourism industry that is globally competitive and sustainable,” says Jacqueline Johnson, the foundation’s chairman. “The foundation is profoundly thankful to our partners who have come on board to make these industry specific scholarships possible, and we look forward to welcoming other partners in the future.”

The private sector partners financing various scholarships include Zelman Style Interiors which is funding the hotel, resort, or villa rental scholarship, and Delta Air Lines which funds the aviation and air transport technologies scholarship.

The full list of scholarships and grants, along with criteria for qualification, can be found at https://bit.ly/2JhVfO3. Applications are currently being accepted and the deadline for submitting entries is Friday, 19 April 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. All applications must be submitted online at https://bit.ly/2VeNQUX. Applications will not be accepted via mail, email or fax. 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.

Individuals who wish to make a contribution to the CTO Foundation can do so via its GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/cto-scholarship-foundation.

The CTO Foundation is a 501 (C)(3) entity established in 1997 with the aim of training and developing future leaders for the Caribbean tourism industry by funding studies in tourism and tourism-related subjects, hospitality and language. Since its inception, the foundation has raised over US$1 million in scholarship funds and has provided over 280 grants and scholarships.

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