The Caribbean Tourism Organization – the international agency leading sustainable tourism in the region – is presenting Caribbean nationals with additional opportunities to pursue higher education in tourism and hospitality management.

The CTO, through its scholarship programme, the CTO Foundation, is offering a number of scholarships to students from member countries to advance their education by pursuing a bachelor’s degree programme in Hospitality/ Tourism Management. The scholarships are for full-time study at Monroe College in New York (, at its campus in Saint Lucia, or for the college’s online course, and are for first time students.

{IMAGE VIA -} Qualified applicants can receive up to $US$18,660 to cover tuition at Monroe College in New York, Saint Lucia or online

{IMAGE} Qualified applicants can receive up to $US$18,660 to cover tuition at Monroe College in New York, Saint Lucia or online

This offer comes as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between Monroe College and the CTO in 2011. The MOU established a three year agreement for scholarships and study grants to support students from the Caribbean to advance their tourism/hospitality education at Monroe College. Scholarship awards will range from US$4,500.00 to US$18,660.00 annually, equally distributed over three semesters. The funds are to offset student tuition expenses at Monroe College. The deadline for receipt of applications is 15 April, 2013.

The relationship between CTO and Monroe College began late 2010 when a Trinidad and Tobago national, Ms. Tamika Keane, became the recipient of the first-ever scholarship offered by Monroe College as part of the CTO Foundation Scholarship Programme.

Founded in 1933, Monroe College is recognized as a leading provider of focused, career-oriented, quality education which integrates classroom learning with real-world experience. The College, which also has an offshore campus on the island of St. Lucia, is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Associations of Colleges and Schools in the United States. It was founded with a single goal: To educate men and women for a successful future in the world.

Further information on the Monroe College scholarship, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, is available at

Established in 1997, the CTO Foundation is registered in New York State as a Not-for-Profit Corporation, formed exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. Its main aim is to provide scholarships and study grants to students and industry personnel who are Caribbean nationals, from CTO-member countries, who wish to pursue studies in the areas of tourism/hospitality and language training.

More than 190 Caribbean nationals have benefitted from the CTO scholarship and grants programme to the tune of over US$760,000 since the CTO Foundation was founded. CTO Foundation sponsors include American Express, American Airlines, Interval International, Universal Media, the CTO chapters worldwide and numerous CTO allied members.

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