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Virgin Holidays and CHTA award Grenada student $30,000 towards Education

  • 28-Jun-11 18:21
  • Grenada
  • Caribbean News Digital

Shanelle Rodney from Grenada has been awarded the 2011 Caribbean Scholarship by Virgin Holidays and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation. Thanks to this she can begin her studies in the Caribbean holidays and tourism industry.

Virgin Holidays and CHTA award Grenada student $30,000 towards Education

The joint partnership between the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and Virgin Holidays, the CHTA Education Foundation, has awarded the 2011 Caribbean Scholarship to young student Shanelle Rodney from Grenada.

Ms. Rodney will be using the scholarship to study her B.Sc. in Sports, Events and Entertainment Management at Johnson and Wales University in Miami this September where she will gain valuable skills and knowledge in the industry of global tourism and the Caribbean holidays market more specifically.

The Johnson and Wales University also added an additional tuition award to the scholarship, giving Ms. Rodney the total amount of $45,000 during her three years of education.

When she heard the news that she had won the CHTA Education Foundation’s top award, Ms. Rodney cried with tears of joy and said: “These respected professional companies have proven that my dreams are not far-fetched and I can contribute to the diversity and growth of the Grenadian tourism product through interactive events for locals and visitors alike while bringing all public sectors to actively participate in the tourism product and evolution process.”

The CHTA Education Foundation has been running since 1987 as a non-profit organisation and provides special assistance and funding for the education of people who are looking to work in the Caribbean tourism industry, including Caribbean hotels and resorts.

The Education Foundation highlights the industry’s varied careers to students and hotel industry workers and also offers technical and professional development.

The charity has awarded more than $1.25 million in scholarships and grants to applicants who are keen to establish a career within the hotel and tourism industry and Ms. Rodney is the second recipient from Grenada to be awarded the full scholarship in the past three years.

Managing Director of Virgin Holidays, Amanda Wills, added: "We love to see youth shine and we know that Shanelle is going to be an important and influential voice in the Caribbean tourism industry in the coming years.

“The Caribbean, with its world famous hospitality, beautiful sights and fantastic people has long been a favourite of our customers, and we’re proud to give something back through this very successful scholarship program with CHTAEF, which we have supported since 2005."

Virgin Holidays specialise in providing tourists with luxury holidays in the Caribbean and across the world including the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, and the United States.

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association was founded in 1962 and represents the Caribbean’s private sector and has 850 members from Caribbean hotels. The organisation is heavily involved in promoting and marketing Caribbean holidays across the world, particularly across North America and Europe.

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