Meet Our Scholars

Sponsors

Virgin Holidays was the first private organization to establish a corporate scholarship program through the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Foundation.

Sponsors

Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services together with their participating member resorts donated nearly half a million dollars over the last 15 years.

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“Being the recipient of the scholarship grant from CHTAEF has enriched my life. … I am eternally indebted to CHTAEF for making my dreams a reality.”

Training

Over 750 hospitality professionals training in 2019 alone!

Programs

Developing meaningful programs for today’s Caribbean hospitality professionals.

Scholarships

Over $2.5 million in scholarships awarded

2012 Scholars

Since 1987, CHTAEF has raised over $2.5 million in scholarships for Caribbean students and professionals, changing the face of our industry.

Thanks to the generous support of our donors and corporate sponsors in 2015 and 2016, over 40 Caribbean nationals are currently under scholarship preparing for careers in tourism through the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation.


My name is Latisha Eastman and I received a scholarship from the CHTA foundation in 2018.

Firstly I would like to thank you for such an opportunity. I graduated from the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute in 2020 with a 3.87 GPA however we were unable to have a graduation ceremony so I included a photo of me on my last day of school. 

With your scholarship, I was able to excel in my studies achieving a 4.0 GPA in my last two semesters. Also, I completed a six months internship at Sandals Barbados where I was able to gain a lot of experience in the industry.

I am now a student at the Florida International University where I am completing my Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management online. I look forward to growing within the Hospitality field and one day supporting other students in need through the Foundation.

Thank you again.

Latisha Eastman

Trinidad & Tobago


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“Being the recipient of the scholarship grant from CHTAEF has enriched my life. … I am eternally indebted to CHTAEF for making my dreams a reality.”

My name is La Toya Wallace and I am from the tiny twin Island State of Antigua and Barbuda.  My childhood dream was to be a hospitality professional, but my parents were not fond of the idea and I was encouraged to pursue a “white collar” job instead.  As a result, I became a teacher and have spent the last twenty years positively impacting the youth, but I never grew out of love with my affinity for the hospitality industry.

After much deliberation, I decided to launch into the field.  That decision led me to enrol into the undergraduate program at the School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts at Monroe College.  I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to work in the front of the house or back of the house so I opted to undertake two degrees at once as I felt like I was playing catch.  I applied for the undergraduate Hospitality Management program as my major and the Baking and Pastry Arts program as my minor.

The reality of funding my tuition hit me after the joy of being accepted subsided.  To be honest, money is a scarce commodity as I am a single parent and a civil servant.  How was I going to pay for school? I couldn’t afford the financial burden of getting a loan to cover the cost, so I began to research scholarship foundations, and I came across Caribbean Hotels and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) and decided to give it a try.  I applied in 2016 and was successful.

This scholarship enabled me to not only pursue my dreams of attending college, but it was my trajectory into the industry.  I was able to connect with other giants in the industry and it gave me the connections that I needed to advance my career.  An opportunity came up in 2017 to participate in a study abroad program to Italy, and I knew that I had to capitalize on this.  But funding was needed again, so I re-applied in 2017 and was awarded another scholarship grant. 

Italy was an amazing experience! I went on a food tour of the Northern Region of Italy and did an internship at Cast Alimenti: being tutored by the Master chefs of Italy was a mind blowing experience. I learnt how to make fresh pasta, pizza, croissants, bread, desserts and pastries, and cake decoration on my internship. In addition, I got the first-hand experience of seeing cheese, wine, prosciutto, caviar, rice, olive oil and flour being produced.  The wine tasting, cheese tasting, and chocolate tasting was an added benefit. 

Being the recipient of the scholarship grant from CHTAEF has enriched my life. Had it not been for this institution, I would not be the holder of a double university degree, nor would I have been able to participate in the study abroad to Italy. I am eternally indebted to CHTAEF for making my dreams a reality. Today, I am better equipped to mould the upcoming cadre of hospitality professionals in Antigua and Barbuda. 

I implore you to be a beacon of light to others by giving to the CHTA foundation. 

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“I expanded my professional network and skills, traveled and learned how food changes lives,
and connected with students and chefs who were also positively impacted by CHTAEF.”

My name is Blaire Thompson and I am from the beautiful island of Nassau, Bahamas. Being raised in a country that thrives from tourism and hospitality made it quite difficult to not be eager to contribute to the same industry, specifically as a Chef. I first sought this interest in my high school’s Food & Nutrition class, which graduated into food competitions, volunteer events and networking with some of the nation’s culinary leaders.

That incessant effort to learn was recognized by the Caribbean Hotels & Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) who awarded me a scholarship to study at a prestigious culinary school, Johnson & Wales University. As I was welcomed into one of the leading organizations in the hospitality industry, I expanded my professional network and skill,  traveled and learned how food changes lives, interned at the most magical place on earth, and connected with students and Chefs who were also positively impacted by CHTAEF. 

Through CHTAEF, I was constantly reminded not of what my country can do for me, but of what I can do for my country. As a recent first-generation college graduate, I am excited to take on the responsibility of being a young leader in The Bahamas ‘ culinary industry, and ensuring that as my country expands through tourism, we also sustain ourselves through the support of local resources. What CHTAEF recognized in me, as they do with many other young people is how important education is to build better leaders and subsequently a better future for the Caribbean.


“I believe I would not be in the same spot I am now in my life if it wasn’t for the CHTA Foundation. This foundation gave me the chance to pursue my goals and career as a chef by supporting me throughout my journey.”

Hello! My name is Druso Daubon and I would like to share some of my story with the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Foundation (CHTA Foundation). My passion for cooking and hospitality began around when I was 8 years old. It was 2004 and my aunt had just opened her restaurant in Culebra, Puerto Rico; where my father is from. She invited me there for the summer to work with her since she had noticed that I take a particular fondness working with food. I realized that I loved working in restaurants.

When I graduated high school a year early, I went to talk to some of the local restaurants and got a job at the Dinghy Dock Bar and Grill as dishwasher. Shortly after, I was promoted me to the grill and fry station, and after a year I had the chef position. In 2014, I realized I wanted to pursue the career path as a professional chef, so I applied to the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York. In September of 2014, I started my journey as a chef and moved to the CIA. Over the four years there, I learned skills and lessons in the kitchen, about how to be a good business owner, and networked with other chefs. I had the opportunity to do an internship at 3 Michelin star Le Bernardin in New York City, one of the world’s most renowned seafood restaurant. Along with this, I was able to work and study full-time on my campus, more specifically at the restaurant Bocuse, learning culinary skills from butchery to ordering and working on the line to working as the plate expediter. During my final semester, I had the opportunity to spend that semester in Puglia, Italy where we had daily kitchen lessons along with school trips to other parts of Italy and interned at Canneto Beach 2 in Margherita di Savoia, another renowned seafood and pizza restaurant of Southern Italy. After this semester, I graduated in December of 2017 with the degree of Bachelor of Business Administration and concentration in Italian Cuisine.

Currently I am 22 years old and living my dream, fishing and cooking; I go early some days to catch fish for the restaurant I work at, Dinghy Dock Bar and Grill, returning later to cook those fish for customers. I am working on changing the food scene in Culebra, trying to promote local, responsibly caught seafood, while preparing the food in new ways that would put a spotlight on the flavors of the fresh seafood.

Why am I telling you all of this? Because I believe I would not be in the same spot I am now in my life if it wasn’t for the CHTA Foundation. This foundation gave me the chance to pursue my goals and career as a chef by supporting me throughout my journey. I am grateful for every opportunity I received, and I believe it is very important to support the foundation. This foundation gives people like me an opportunity to pursue their hospitality careers, but more importantly, it allows for the scholarship recipients to share their knowledge and inspire their peers.

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2020 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Anguilla

Cenita Liddie

B.SC. Hotel Admin in Hospitality Management (HR focus)

University of the West Indies

Bahamas

Jasmine Bain

B.SC. Culinary, Baking and Pastry Arts

Johnson & Wales

Savion R. Bethell

B.SC. Hospitality & Tourism Management

Johnson & Wales

Forjee Jackson

B.SC. Hotel Admin in Hospitality Management

Johnson & Wales

Barbados

Olivia Chee-A-Tow

B.SC. Hotel Admin in Hospitality Management

Vatel Hotel & Tourism Business School

Bermuda

Rayquon Woodley

B.SC. Hotel Admin in Hospitality Management

Les Roches – Marbella

BVI

Shamorie Glasgow

B.SC. Hotel Admin in Hospitality Management

Les Roches – Swizterland

Jamaica

Jada Smith

B.SC. Culinary Arts

Johnson & Wales

Lauren Tomlinson

B.SC. Hospitality & Tourism Management

Les Roches

St Lucia

Venessa Richardson

MS Executive Leadership in Hospitality Management

Monroe College

Trinidad & Tobago

Darius Campbell

B.SC. Culinary, Baking and Pastry Arts

Johnson & Wales

2019 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Aruba

Laura Arianna Molina

B.Sc. Travel & Tourism Management

University Of Aruba

Bahamas

Nathan Boyd

B.Sc. Culinary, Baking and Pastry Arts

Johnson & Wales

Barbados

Kerri-Ann Brathwaite

Professional Development Certification

Cornell University

Olivia Chee-A-Tow

B.Sc. Hotel Admin in Hospitality Management

Vatel Hotel & Tourism Business School

BVI

Krista Grant

B.Sc. Culinary Arts

Culinary Institute of America

Grenada

Vanessa Dopwell

B.Sc. Hospitality & Tourism Management

Edinburgh Napier University

Jamaica

Jada Smith

B.Sc. Culinary Arts

Johnson & Wales

Lauren Tomlinson

B.Sc. Hospitality & Tourism Management

Les Roches

St Lucia

Venessa Richardson

M.Sc  Hospitality Management

Monroe College

Trinidad & Tobago

Darius Campbell

B.Sc. Culinary, Baking and Pastry Arts

Johnson & Wales

USVI

Micaya Tuitt

B.Sc. Culinary Arts

Culinary Institute of America

2018 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Aruba

Karel Arends

B.Sc. Hospitality Management

University of Aruba

Bahamas

Jasmine Bain

B.Sc. Culinary & Food Service Management

Johnson & Wales

Krysta Russell

B. Sc Tourism Management

Mount St. Vincent University

Deidrah Stubbs

B.Sc. Culinary & Food Service Management

Johnson & Wales

Puerto Rico

Alana  Mendez

B.Sc. Tourism Management

Johnson & Wales

Trinidad & Tobago

Latisha  Eastman

A.Sc Hospitality Management

Trinidad & Tobago Hospitality Training Institute

USVI

Tywreh Nelson

B.Sc. Tourism Management

University of the Virgin Islands

2017 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Anguilla

Cenita Liddie

B.Sc. Hospitality Management

University of the West Indies

Antigua

Kia Harrigan

B.Sc. Hospitality Management

Monroe College

Aruba

Marc Anthony Ranis

B.Sc. Culinary &Tourism Management

Florida International University

Bahamas

Forjee Jackson

B.Sc. Baking & Pastry Arts/Food Service Management and Tourism & Hospitality Management Double Major:

Johnson & Wales

Gabrielle Josey

B.Sc. Culinary Nutrition and Baking and Pastry Arts

Johnson & Wales

Donovan Moss

B.Sc. Culinary & Food Service Management

Johnson & Wales

Dwayne Sinclair

B.Sc. Hospitality Management

Lynn University

Kenria Taylor

B.Sc. Culinary & Food Service Management

Johnson & Wales

Antanae Taylor.

B.Sc. Culinary & Food Service Management

Johnson & Wales

Barbados

Roberta Alleyne

B.Sc. Hospitality & Tourism Management

University of the West Indies

Makayla Bennett

B.Sc. Culinary & Food Service Management

Johnson & Wales

Christine Gibson

B.Sc. Hospitality Management

NYC College of Tech

Guyana

Kendra Gajadhar

B.Sc. Tourism Management

University of the West Indies

Jamaica

Dominique Haughton

B.Sc. Hospitality Management

Florida International University

Brianna Jureidini

B.Sc. Hospitality Management

Florida International University

St Lucia

Carleen Isidore

B.Sc. Tourism Management

Monroe College

Stacy Lamontagne

B.Sc. Hospitality Management

Monroe College

Astrid Lindberg

B.Sc. Hospitality Management

University of the West Indies

Gemi St Paul

M.Sc Culinary Arts Education

Johnson & Wales

St Maarten

Nathalie  Boston

B.Sc. Hospitality Management

University of St Maarten

Trinidad & Tobago

Dwayne Duncan

M.Sc. Hospitality Management

Florida International University

USVI

Jecoix Gittens

B.Sc. Hospitality Management

University of the Virgin Islands

2016 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Antigua

Richard Charles

B.Sc. Hospitality Management

Monroe College

Shemica Stevens

B.Sc. Hospitality Management

Monroe College

LaToya Wallace

B.Sc. Hospitality Management

Monroe College

Aruba

Michael Kerr

B.Sc. Hospitality Management

Stichting, Netherlands

Bahamas

Tara

Eastman-Charles

B. Sc Culinary Arts

Art Institute of Atlanta

Keishanne Moss

B. Sc Culinary/Hospitality Management

Johnson & Wales

Kyle Oliver

B.Sc. Hospitality Management

Johnson & Wales

Jourdana Rodgers

B.Sc. Restaurant, Food & Beverage Management

Johnson & Wales

Dinae Rolle

B.Sc. Hospitality Management

Mount St. Vincent University

Tarran Simms

M.Sc. Business

ESCP Business School

Ariana Strachan

B.Sc. Hospitality Management

Mount St. Vincent University

Jamaica

Tashika Jones

B.Sc. Tourism Management

University of the West Indies

Nicole McDonald

B.Sc. Culinary & Food Service Management

Johnson & Wales

St Vincent & The Grenadines

Aimee Dunn

B.Sc. Hospitality & Event Management

Queens Collage

Trinidad & Tobago

Malika Andrews

B.Sc. Culinary & Food Service Management

Johnson & Wales

Kadesha Jacobs

B.Sc. Culinary & Food Service Management

Johnson & Wales

Turks & Caicos

Wilkiens Martin

B.Sc. Culinary Arts

Miami International University

USVI

Aaron Gumbs

B.Sc. Hospitality Management

University of the West Indies

2015 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Anguila

Susan Brookes
Anglia Ruskin for Human Resources
Zenya Greenaway
University of the West Indies for Human Resources.

Antigua and Barbuda

Latoya Gonsalves
Culinary Institute of America for Culinary
Tiffany Gordon
University of Technology for Culinary
Kempton McCalmont
University of the West Indies for Hospitality Management
Nadia Robinson
Monroe College for Hospitality Management
Gabrielle Thomas
Johnson & Wales Rhode Island for Culinary

Aruba

Arantxa Alves
Berkeley College of New York for Marketing
Christopher Geerman
Florida International University for Hospitality Management

Bahamas

Kirvez Ferguson
Johnson & Wales for Food Service Management
Brittney Hanna
Johnson & Wales for Culinary
Tarran Simms
Arizona State University for Sustainable Tourism
Dwayne Sinclair
Kendall College for Hospitality Management
Donovan Smith
Johnson & Wales for Culinary
Kenia Taylor
Florida International University for Tourism Managemen
Blair Thompson
Johnson & Wales for Culinary
Travis Delva
Johnson & Wales for Hospitality Managemen

Barbados

Madeline Layne
Johnson & Wales for Culinary

Haiti

Kareen Etienne
Florida International University for Hospitality Management

Jamaica

Kelsey Girod
Johnson & Wales for Culinary
Josh Parkins
Johnson & Wales Rhode Island for Culinary
Gason Powell
Florida International University for Hospitality Management
Jordon Richards
Johnson & Wales Rhode Island for Culinary

Puerto Rico

Druso Daubon
Culinary Institute of America for Culinary
Diaz-Centeno
Boston University for Event Management

St. Kitts

Jamila Boddie
Florida International University for Restaurant Management

St. Lucia

Paulyn Eugene
Trinidad &Tobago Hospitality Institute for Culinary
Sarah George
Johnson & Wales for Culinary

St. Marteen

Caroline Nolasco
University of St. Maarten for Hospitality Management

Turks & Caicos

Alisa Folkes
Ashworth College for Tourism Management

U.S. Virgin Islands

Cathriellah Shabazz
University of Virgin Islands for Hospitality Management
Emmaleah Turner
University of Virgin Islands for Hospitality Management
Shekeenah Caesar
Johnson & Wales for Hospitality Management.

Trinidad & Tobago

Sarah Jagdip
Johnson & Wales for Culinary
Sarita Singh
Mount Saint Vincent University for Hospitality Management
Je Zen Levia
Mount Saint Vincent University for Hospitality Management

2014 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Anguilla

Kim Blaize – CHTAEF
Assoc. Science Hospitality & Tourism Mgmt
Anguilla Community College

Antigua and Barbuda

Derry-Ann Adams – Virgin Holiday
Culinary Arts & Food Service Mgm
Johnson and Wales

Gabrielle Thomas – Virgin Holiday
Assoc. Degree Baking & Pastry Arts
Johnson and Wales

Bahamas

Natassia Sears – Virgin Holidays
BS Resort Management
Johnson and Wales

Kirvez E Ferguson – 1st Caribbean
Culinary Arts & Food Service Mgmt
Johnson and Wales

Brittany Hanna – Virgin Holidays
BS Culinary Arts & Food Service Mgmt
Johnson and Wales

Rache Josey – CHTAEF
Culinary Arts & Food Service Mgmt
Johnson and Wales

Kara Manouzi – Interval
Master of Science/Hospitality Mgmt
FL International University

Blaire Thompson – CHTAEF
Bach Culinary Arts & Food Srv. Mgmt
ohnson and Wales – North Miami

Blaire Thompson – CHTAEF
Bach Culinary Arts & Food Srv. Mgmt
Johnson and Wales – North Miami

Latreia Smith – CHTAEF
Assoc. Pastry Arts
Johnson and Wales

Kenia Taylor – Interval
BS Hotel Mgmt
FIU

Chara Darceuil – 1st Caribbean
BS Hotel Mgmt
FIU

Domonique Sturrup – 1st Caribbean
BS Baking & Pastry
Johnson and Wales- Rhode Island

Barbados

Deidre Small – Virgin Holiday
M Science in Tourism & Events Mgmt
Univ of West Indies, Cave Hill

Christine Gibson – 1st Caribbean
Hospitality Studies
Barbados Comm. College

Grenada

Jovari Hagley – Virgin Holiday
B.Sc. Hosp & Tourism Mgmt
UWI St. Augustine

Jamaica

Brittany Ho – Interval
Hospitality Mgmt
FIU

Kelsey Girod – Virgin Holiday
BS Baking/Pastry Arts/Food Srv Mgmt
Johnson and Wales

Jordan Richards – Interval
Culinary Arts
Johnson and Wales

Josh Parkins – CHTAEF
Culinary Arts & Food Srv Mgmt
Johnson and Wales – Providence

Puerto Rico

Patricia Diaz Centeno – Interval
B.Sc. Hospitality Admin
Boston University

Alejandra Calvillo – Interval
Travel & Tourism & Hosp. Mgmt
Johnson and Wales

Druso Daubon – CHTAEF
Culinary Arts
CIA, NY

Trinidad & Tobago

Jael Avion Joseph – 1st Caribbean
AIB.BA. Business Administration Tourism and Hospitality Management
Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality Institute

Shandelle Edwards – Interval
Tourism & Hotel Mgmt
Johnson and Wales – North Miami

Sarita Singh – CHTEAF
Tourism & Hotel Mgmt
Mount St. Vincent Univ

Sara Jagdip – CHTEAF
BS Baking & Pastry Arts/Food Serv Mgmt
Johnson and Wales

2013 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Anguilla

Caroma Walters – General Professional Development Scholarship 2013
Bar Operations
Anguilla Community College

Antigua and Barbuda

Lana Williams – Starwood Scholarship 2013
Five Courses
The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) – New York

Aruba

Rollyn Angel-Rosas – Interval International Scholarship 2013
B.Sc. Culinary Management
Art Institute – Fort Lauderdale

Bahamas

D’Nae Ashley Baker – Virgin Holidays 2012 continuing award; Virgin holidays and CHTAEF special study award 2013; and Johnson and Wales University tuition dollars 2013
B.Sc. Culinary Nutrition
Johnson and Wales – Rhode Island

Domonique Sturrup – CIBC-FirstCaribbean International Bank Scholarship 2013 and Johnson and Wales tuition dollars 2013.
B.Sc. Baking and Pastry Arts
J&W – Rhode Island

Jasmine Forbes – CHTAEF 2013 scholarship with Johnson and Wales tuition dollars 2013
B.Sc. Culinary Arts and Food service Management
J&W – Charlotte

Mikiayla Dames – CHTAEF General scholarship with Johnson and Wales tuition dollars 2013
B.Sc. Sports Entertainment and Event Management
J&W – North Miami

Nastassia Sears – Virgin Holidays 2013 with Johnson and Wales tuition dollars 2013
B.Sc. Culinary Arts with major in Resort Management
J&W – North Miami

Raché Josey – General Scholarship and Johnson and Wales 2013
B.Sc. Culinary Arts and Food Service Management
JWU – North Miami

Barbados

Christine Gibson – CIBC-FirstCaribbean International Bank Scholarship 2013
Ass. Hospitality Studies
Barbados Community College

Deidre Small – Virgin Holidays 2012 and Virgin Holidays and CHTAEF special study award 2013
B.Sc. Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management
JWU – Miami

Lisa Howard – Virgin Holidays special study award 2013 only
Masters. Sustainability Management
Columbia University – New York

Curaçao

Gregory Winklaar – Starwood Worldwide Resorts Professional Development scholarships 2013
Strategic Leadership
Cornell University

Dominica

Vernelle Samuel – Interval International Scholarship with Johnson and Wales tuition dollars 2013
B.Sc. Travel Tourism and Hospitality Management
JWU – Miami

Grenada

Jovari Hagley – Virgin Holidays Scholarship 2013
B.Sc. Hospitality and Tourism Management
University of the West Indies St Augustine – Trinidad

Haiti

Danavia Previlon – Interval International Scholarship 2013 with Johnson and Wales tuition dollars.
B.Sc. Hotel and Lodging Management
Johnson and Wales – North Miami

Jamaica

Josh D. Parkins – CHTAEF General scholarship with Johnson and Wales tuition dollars
B.Sc. Culinary Arts and Food Service Management
Johnson and Wales – North Miami

Karen McFarlane – Starwood Worldwide Resorts Professional Development scholarship 2013
Spa and Hospitality Management
UNEX UCI – online

Marcia Brown Kelly – CHTAEF General Scholarship 2013
Masters – Hospitality Management
FIU – online

Puerto Rico

Patricia Diaz Centeno – Interval International Scholarship 2013
B.Sc. Hospitality Administration
Boston University

St Lucia

Joanne Felix – Virgin Holidays special Study award 2013 only
B.Sc. Hospitality Management
Morgan State University

Trinidad & Tobago

Jael Avion Joseph – CIBC-FirstCaribbean International Bank scholarship 2013
AIB.BA. Business Administration Tourism and Hospitality Management
Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality Institute

Eric Cooper – Starwood Worldwide Resorts Professional Development scholarship 2013
Kitchens Connected
Culinary Institute of America

Shayna Johnson Tobago – Virgin Holidays 2012 and Johnson and Wales University tuition dollars 2013 ongoing Virgin Holidays 2013
B.Sc. International Hotel and Tourism Management
Johnson and Wales – Rhode Island