US Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association

The USVI Hotel and Tourism Association via the association’s Education and Training Fund awarded a $2,500 scholarship to Omaira Rachid during a ceremony this week. Rachid plans to attend the University of the Virgin Islands, majoring in hotel management and minoring in marketing.

“I would personally like to thank the Hotel and Tourism Association for seeing me as a rewarding candidate for the Lorette Resch Scholarship as that industry is where I see myself in the future. This scholarship means a lot to me, and I hope I can further my successful endeavors within this industry and surround myself with the people who make it a gravitating industry,” said Rachid.

Rachid has already begun testing the industry waters with an internship at Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove at the activities center. She noted that this opportunity has helped her to sharpen her communication skills as well as taught her responsibility and independence.

“Omaira is a bright rising star in hospitality and we’re honored to support her continuing education. As the territory moves into a new phase of recovery, it is essential to invest in the future of our industry, especially those who will lead it,” said USVIHTA President Lisa Hamilton.

Funds for the Lorette Resch Scholarship are raised annually through the USVIHTA Holiday Party as well as additional contributions. Despite the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, the association has put a strong emphasis on continuing to support education and growth in the tourism and hospitality industry.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must meet the requirements for admission into the hospitality/restaurant management program or business administration program at UVI or other USVIHTA approved hospitality schools. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and a resident of the USVI for at least five years. Applicants must also submit documentation from their high school, including transcripts and recommendations, as well as an essay.

The USVIHTA Education and Training Fund was established over two decades ago to aid youth who are seeking higher education with a concentration in hospitality. In 2014, the scholarship was posthumously named in honor of Lorette Resch, honorary member on the USVIHTA Board of Directors and scholarship contributor.