he CTO Foundation aims to support Caribbean Citizens interested in pursuing studies in the areas of tourism, hospitality and language training. To be eligible, candidates must demonstrate high levels of academic achievement, leadership and have expressed a strong interest in making a contribution to Caribbean tourism development.
It was established in 1997 as a not-for-profit corporation registered in State of New York (U.S.) and formed exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. Led by a volunteer Board of Directors, the Foundation’s first set of scholarships and study grants were awarded in 1998. The first recipient of a scholarship was Ms. Acolla Lewis from Trinidad & Tobago, who successfully completed a Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom. He was later invited by Buckinghamshire College in the U.K. to pursue a doctorate in Tourism Education immediately after completing her Masters program.
“I successfully completed my MSc. in Hospitality and Tourism Education at the University of Surrey, England. The opportunity to pursue further studies in tourism increased my knowledge of the subject area, as well as broadened my horizons. It has truly been a maturing and fulfilling experience and I sincerely thank the Foundation for giving me this great opportunity.”
Since 1998 the CTO Foundation has provided 89 major scholarships and 124 study grants to deserving Caribbean nationals, amounting to just over US $813,000. Major Foundation sponsors include American Express, American Airlines, Interval International, the CTO chapters worldwide and numerous allied members.