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BHTA announces scholarship programme

Another organization is lending its assistance to Barbadians who need help financing their tertiary level education, following the change in Government’s education policy, which now requires nationals to pay tuition fees.

Today, Executive Vice President of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Sue Springer announced a scholarship programme aimed at assisting Barbadians seeking to pursue further education in tourism and hospitality studies at a tertiary level education institution in Barbados.

Springer made the announcement during a media conference at the BHTA’s 4th Avenue, Belleville, St Michael office.

BHTA executive vice president Sue Springer

BHTA executive vice president Sue Springer

She said the scholarship programme was “the vision” of BHTA’s Chairman Sunil Chatrani, and that each year, three successful applicants would receive scholarships valued at $5,000 each.

Pointing out that Barbadians were now required to pay tuition fees for their university studies, Springer said the new scholarships, which will cover tuition costs, were “an attempt to ensure that those people who really want to pursue education in the industry do not have a situation where they cannot do it because they cannot afford it”.

“We will do three scholarships this year [and] we are going to continue this on an annual basis. We have already managed to provide the funding for this. We had a golf tournament last November and we raised the funds for the three scholarships of $5,000 each,” announced Springer.

“Moving forward we will find other methodologies of finding the funds, but we always have the tourism fund that hotels collect on a daily basis. So there is no possibility of us not being able to support what we are doing as far as funding is concerned,” she said.

Springer said a special assessment committee would select individuals based on their academic performance, financial need, levels of extra-curricular and volunteer activities, leadership qualities and interest in contributing to the hotel and tourism industry as a whole.

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