JIS News

Jodi-Ann Maxwell, 1998 Scripps Howard Spelling Bee Champion, was on Tuesday (Jan.11), presented with a US$13,000 cheque from the Caribbean Hotel Foundation (CHF), which will go towards her university education.
The money represents the first tranche of a US$30,000 scholarship granted to her by the Foundation, which is an agency of the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA).
Jodi-Ann, who is a first year student at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies, where she is studying law, was very gracious while accepting the cheque from Berthia Pearle, president of the CHA. The presentation was made at the Half Moon Hotel in Rose Hall on the closing day of Caribbean Marketplace 2005.
“I am very happy that CHF chose to give me this scholarship, because there are a lot of financial pressures associated with a university education. It is a lot of money, so I am really happy. This will help me to be a little more focused because I don’t have the money to think about right now”, she told JIS News in an interview following the presentation.
She used the opportunity to encourage future participants in the national spelling bee competition to trust in God, work very hard and they will achieve.
Chairman of the fundraising committee for the CHF, Tom Pas, told JIS News that the scholarship was set aside for Jodi-Ann six months after she won the coveted competition in the United States. At the time, she was 14 years old.
“At the Foundation, we felt it necessary to put money aside to further her education,” he said, noting that she would be provided with a sum every year until she completed her studies.
Since its inception in 1987, the CHF has contributed to the education of more than 250 Caribbean students. In addition, the foundation provides people throughout the region, with an awareness of the varied career opportunities in the tourism industry, as well as technical and professional development, through a diversity of programmes.

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