It is another season for the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) Scholarships. The Caribbean Hotel Foundation scholarship program provides educational opportunities for students, employees and instructors of the hospitality industry. The application forms are available on the CHTAEF website
Deadline for submitting fully completed applications for CHTAEF is March 30th , 2014.
As usual, our timeline is earlier than CHTAEF's so that we may in turn complete processing and dispatch applications in time to meet the Education Foundation’s end- of –March deadline.
Please take note of the following specific INFORMATION AND GUIDELINES to assist you in processing your property's submissions.
We strongly recommend, however, a visit to the CHTAEF website
for more detailed information on the scholarship opportunity.
There are three types of scholarships available, Academic (full time and part time), Professional Development (for industry employees and industry trainers) and Grants to Teachers (for teachers in hotel/hospitality industry).
Scholarship grants generally range from US$1,000 to US$5,000, with larger sums available through the corporate scholarships which do not require special application but are accorded by CHTAEF based on merit.
Qualifying Criteria for Applicants include:
a. At least 2 years documented work experience at a CHTA member establishment
b. Born in the Caribbean
c. Demonstrated commitment to the industry (for e.g. through extracurricular activities, awards, longstanding service to the industry, and so on).
d. Clear financial need.
The AHTA will accept applications only via HR Departments of member establishments. Applications should be completed by the candidate but not submitted directly to AHTA. HR Departments have the responsibility to supervise the submissions by staff approved to apply, to provide assistance and advice in ensuring a high quality presentation.
Application Forms should be proof-read before submission to AHTA in terms of the appropriateness, adequacy and completeness of responses and elimination of any errors (e.g. spelling/typographical mistakes).
Applications should be submitted to AHTA on or before Friday 14th March, 2014.
The AHTA will follow-up applications received, with review and response. Where necessary, additional preparation or amendments may be required to ensure that AHTA-endorsed applications meet CHTAEF requirements and a standard that might afford best chance for success.
As Scholarships are accorded as much on the basis of the quality application as the quality of the applicant, please start preparing now. The better the preparation the better the chances of success.
GUIDELINES TO H R DEPARTMENTS
1. Survey and select staff who meet CHTAEF's criteria of "worthy applicants who demonstrate a strong commitment to the industry and the potential for future success" OR notify your general staff of the opportunity and encourage suitable employees to apply.
2. Secure and distribute copies of the CHTAEF application form as soon as possible. Completing the application package (with required attachments) can be an overall very lengthy process.
3. Each candidate to register for the desired course of study at a CHTAEF-affiliated/approved institution (see list of institutions on last page of application form or CHTAEF website).
4. Receive and proof-read the full scholarship application package to include (i) completed application form, (ii) scholarship request essay (iii) three references (iv) financial need biography (v) photo of applicant -
We hope the foregoing has been very helpful to assist you in facilitating this excellent opportunity for your establishment and staff. Both scholarship winners and their establishment have received wide recognition on CHTAEF's website/newsletter. (Antigua's 2010 winners are currently featured on the CHTAEF website/newsletter).
We are looking forward to receiving many applications no later than March 14th 2014 .
Please feel free to contact us at the AHTA office for any additional assistance you may need.