The Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation, presented scholarship awards to four full-time Belizean students during a brief ceremony on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at the BTB’s headquarters in Belize City.
Those receiving the scholarships are Kody Roaches, who will pursue an Associate’s Degree in Tourism at St. John’s Junior College; Rayeli Ake, who will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism Management at the University of Belize and Norberto Alvarado, who will pursue Culinary Studies at Conalip El Pantel Temixco/Bakery Program at Ambrosia Centro Culinario in Mexico.
This year’s Jean Shaw Scholarship Award went to Emilse Marin, who will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism Management at the University of Belize. The Jean Shaw Tourism Scholarship was established in memory of the late Jean Ursilla Shaw, a renowned female tourism pioneer who played an integral part in the development of Belize’s tourism industry in her lifetime. The Fund was established by the BTB, in collaboration with its private sector counterparts, to support the development of qualified Belizean females pursuing a career in tourism. This scholarship covers tuition, books, and fees.
Emilse Marin of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, recipient of Jean Shaw Scholarship Award
In congratulating the scholarship recipients, Minister Heredia said: “There are many technological advances in the world today and so we have to advance in tourism as well. The BTB is, therefore, honored to assist these students because having qualified Belizeans in the industry is a move in the right direction.”
The BTB Scholarship Program, aims to provide financial assistance to students interested in pursuing studies in the areas of tourism and hospitality. As part of the program, the BTB selects individuals who demonstrate high levels of achievement and leadership and who express a strong interest in making a positive contribution to Belize’s tourism industry.
The total value of the scholarships presented this morning is approximately $31,000.00.