The Caribbean Tourism Organization in conjunction with Monroe College has scholarships available for Caribbean-based students who want to get degrees in tourism-related fields. The application deadline is Aug. 3.
Students must attend Monroe College at either its Monroe, N.Y., or St. Lucia campus to study full time for a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management or a master’s degree in tourism/hospitality management.
Tourism Department spokesman Allegra Kean Moorehead said that since tourism is the territory’s top industry, a degree is a big help.
“It is one of those industries where you can learn a lot on the job, but by getting a degree you might be able to start at a higher level,” she said.
Scholarship will range from $4,500 to $18,660 a year distributed over three semesters.
Scholarships are based on an overall assessment of the student’s academic performance, credentials and potential for success in collegiate studies. Students need a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher or a class rank in top 20 percent, two letters of recommendation, a strong record of leadership or community involvement, and a personal statement clearly articulating goals related to career advancement in the hospitality/tourism industry.
According to its website, the CTO envisions the global recognition of the Caribbean as a growing set of places and experiences that people feel compelled to enjoy in their lifetime. It is headquartered in Barbados.
For more information, visit www.onecaribbean.org. For more on Monroe College, visit www.monroecollege.edu.