The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) has awarded a record number of scholarships to 36 Caribbean-based students for a total of US$141,800 in funding to enable Caribbean nationals to pursue a higher education in hospitality and tourism fields.

The one St. Maarten student receiving a scholarship, Ms. Caroline Nolasco, will be attending the University of St. Martin for Hospitality Management. “The St. Maarten Hospitality & trade Association – SHTA – extends their congratulations to Ms. Nolasco and wishes her much success in her studies. This is only the beginning of great things to be achieved from the signing of the MOU with the University of St. Maarten. Hospitality Education is of utmost importance in providing quality professional service within the industry. ” said SHTA.

“This year’s applicant pool was so strong that the Board of Trustees had a difficult time in choosing who to provide funding for scholarships,” said Richard S. Kahn, chairman of CHTAEF. “Most of the 85-plus applicants deserved to receive funds towards their education so they may become productive individuals working in the vital Caribbean hospitality industry,” Kahn said, adding: “We are only limited by the funds we’ve been able to generate from corporate donors such as Interval International and Virgin Holidays as well as The New York Times Travel Show auction where hotel stays are donated from across the Caribbean and purchased by consumers thereby providing funds for scholarships.
“We congratulate all of our scholarship recipients and thank our generous corporate sponsors and the many hotels and resorts and individuals without whose contributions these scholarships would not be possible.”
Scholarships were awarded based on prior academic achievements, previous work or internships in the Caribbean hospitality industry and economic needs.

CHTA Education Foundation
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) was established in 1987 as a stand-alone (501c3) 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 hospitality and tourism.
Since 1987, the Education Foundation has awarded more than US$2 million in scholarships and grants to applicants who demonstrate a strong commitment to the hotel and tourism industry. For more information, visit or, call (571) 436-4386 or email

The SHTA is dedicated to bringing quality to all aspects of life on St. Maarten by promoting sustainable economic development for its members in cooperation with the social partners and the creation of a fair marketplace. For more information please contact our office at 542-0108 or visit our website at

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