Caymanian students seeking to advance their qualifications in the hospitality industry may be eligible for a new tourism scholarship.
The Ministry of Tourism has partnered with Florida’s Johnson and Wales University to offer merit-based scholarships in tourism-related subjects.
The Ministry envisions the Johnson and Wales scholarships as an opportunity for students to broaden their horizons after introductory tourism programmes.
The scholarships are designed to help bridge the gap between a government scholarship and the cost of tuition.
“If you look at what it takes to go to Johnson and Wales, it’s about $40,000 US, and a government scholarship at $20,000 CI is approximately $25,000 US. So partnering with them for 15 [thousand], that means that a young person could have a 100% scholarship going to Johnson and Wales,” said Deputy Premier and Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell.
Scholarship amounts will be linked to a student’s GPA. Students with GPA’s between 2.25 and 2.74 are eligible for $5,000 US.
GPA’s between 2.25 and 3.49 are eligible for $10,000 US, and GPA’s over 3.5 will be eligible for $15,000 US in scholarship money.
Minister Kirkconnell said the scholarship funding comes from the country’s tourism budget.