THE CARIBBEAN – St. Maarten students and industry professionals are encouraged to apply for a scholarship from the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) so they can pursue higher education or professional development in the tourism and hospitality field. Scholarships are awarded with support from CHTAEF sponsors including Virgin Holidays, Interval International, FirstCaribbean International Bank, Johnson & Wales Universityand Florida International University.

CHTAEF is accepting applications for its scholarship program until March 30, 2015 at 5 pm Eastern Caribbean Time. Applications are available in English and Spanish via: or by contacting Anenda Zaandam, Executive Director, St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association, (721) 542-0108 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..”> Applications must be submitted with the approval of the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association in order to be considered.

Scholarships are awarded for study at any approved college or university including, but not limited to, the University of West Indies and local community colleges throughout the Caribbean.

Scholarship recipients will be advised of their approval status and, if accepted, the amount of their award, no earlier than May 25, 2015.

“We encourage all of our hospitality students and professionals to apply for scholarships offered by the CHTA Education Foundation,” said Anenda Zaandam.  “The tourism industry is a vital economic resource for our country and these scholarships present an opportunity for motivated individuals to pursue higher education and career training regardless of financial need,” addedZaandam.

“Education and training are essential in order to be successful in any work field and through our scholarship program, CHTAEF is offering students and professionals financial assistance to pursue their careers in the hospitality and tourism industry,” said Richard S. Kahn, chairman of CHTAEF. “Since 1987, we have awarded approximately US$2 million in scholarships and grants to applicants and we have observed many successful scholarship recipients build exemplary careers in the tourism and hospitality industry,” said Kahn.

In 2014, CHTAEF awarded US$136,308 in scholarships to 29 Caribbean nationals pursuing a higher education or professional development in hospitality and tourism after receiving more than 60 applications.

CHTAEF awards worthy Caribbean nationals who demonstrate a strong commitment to the hospitality and tourism industry with scholarship money to enhance or further their expertise.  This includes 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.

Contact or call 571-436-4386 for more information.

CHTA Education Foundation

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) was established in 1987 as a stand-alone non-profit / tax-exempt organization, through which scholarships and special assistance would be made available for the education of Caribbean hotel industry personnel and students pursuing careers in tourism.

As part of its mission, the Education Foundation provides people throughout the Caribbean region with an awareness of the industry’s varied career opportunities, as well as technical and professional development.

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.

The Education Foundation is also active in supporting Haitian students & 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.        

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