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GRANTS FOR TOURISM WORKERS, TRAINERS, STUDENTS

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March 11, 2003 — The Caribbean Hotel Foundation has made a last call to Caribbean hospitality employees, professors, and students to apply for its 2003 Scholarship Program, provided to applicants who demonstrate a strong commitment to the hotel and tourism industry and the potential for future success.
The application deadline is March 31, 2003. Application forms are available on the Caribbean Hotel Association Web site.
The Foundation, one of the largest scholarship programs in the hospitality industry, has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships and grants in the past five years alone, said a release. Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 are offered for full- and part-time students.
In addition to the academic scholarships, the Caribbean Hotel Foundation offers:
— scholarships to hotel employees for professional development;
— trainer grants to individuals seeking the Certified Caribbean Hospitality Trainer (CCHT) designation;
— co-funded summer scholarships for hospitality management at L'Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland;
— "Further Education" or "Industry Work Experience" grants to hotel and tourism educators seeking to improve their academic qualifications or complement their classroom time with hands-on work experience.
Individuals can apply for one type of award per year. They must meet the criteria set forth by the Caribbean Hotel Foundation and be approved by their respective hotel associations.
Funds for these scholarships and grants are generated by the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) Golf Tournament, the Caribbean Culinary Federation fundraising dinners and the auction held annually during the Caribbean Hotel Industry Conference, and through the generous support of American Express and CHA hoteliers.
U.S. Virgin Islands residents and workers are eligible to apply for these grants.
For more information, contact CHA's Product Development Department, 1000 Ponce de León Ave., 5th Floor, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00907; telephone (787) 725-9139; fax (787) 725-9108; or e-mail.

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