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Nevisian Teacher First Ever Recipient Of Bonita Morgan Memorial Scholarship

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Philicia Walters, a teacher at the Gingerland Secondary School with a history of success in preparing students for the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s Tourism Youth Congress has been selected as the first-ever recipient of the Bonita Morgan Memorial Scholarship.

According to a press release from CTO, Walters was chosen by the CTO Scholarship Foundation for this scholarship named in honour of the organisation’s former head of human resources who passed away in April 2018.

Morgan served as the CTO’s director of human resources and later, the director of resource mobilisation and development for 22 years.

Walters reflecting on her past at Tourism Youth Congress said:

As a recent teacher chaperone of the CTO Tourism Youth Congress, I would have interacted with Bonita Morgan on several occasions and have always been impacted by her dedication and zeal to ensure that the Caribbean’s tourism product remains among the best in the world. Furthermore, she was also passionate about making certain that our young tourism ambassadors were aware of the region’s diverse contributions. Hence, to be accorded a scholarship in her honour is a humbling experience.

Walters, who is pursuing a Masters Degree in Tourism Management at Colorado State University in the United States hopes to be better empowered to assist in the development of tourism on Nevis.

She said:

I am confident that with the aid of the Bonita Morgan Memorial Scholarship to finalise this aspect of my educational journey, I will be better empowered to assist in the development of tourism in Nevis and the Caribbean by extension.

This year the foundation granted five scholarships and five study grants – approximately US$35,000 – from a list of over 60 applications.

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