Apply For Tomasz Tabor Hospitality Scholarship

June 20, 2017

The Bermuda Hospitality Institute is calling all young, aspiring hospitality students to apply for its annual Tomasz Tabor Hospitality Scholarship, with applications due in before June 30.

Launched in 2014, the scholarship was created to honor the life of beloved local chef Tomasz Tabor, who lost his life in a road accident three years ago.

Over the past three years Mr Tabor’s family and friends have hosted the annual Tomasz Tabor Memorial Golf Tournament and Raffle, with monies raised going to help deserving Bermudians pursue their studies, and subsequent careers, in the hospitality industry.

Past scholarship winners include:

  • Indiyah Mendes who was given $10,000 towards her degree in international hospitality and tourism management at Surrey University in England.
  • Jaidah Bailey who was awarded $5,000 to help with her study of hospitality management, with a concentration in gaming, at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.
  • O’Keisha Clarke received $2,500 towards her long-time dream of becoming a chef through Bermuda College’s culinary arts programme.
  • Bianca Benevides was given $2,500 towards her Associate Degree in Hospitality Management at Bermuda College.
  • Sajni Richardson received $10,000 towards her culinary arts studies at Johnson & Wales University.
  • Zakiya Adams, a student at Mount St Vincent University, was given $5,000 for her tourism and hospitality studies.
  • Yajni Durham was awarded $5,000 towards a Bachelor in Hotel Tourism Management, with a minor in Marketing, at West Virginia University.

The annual tournament serves as a chance to celebrate the life of Mr. Tabor, who was an avid lover of golf and also hugely passionate about sharing his knowledge of the culinary arts with others.

According to Malika Cartwright, BHI’s Executive Director, there aren’t many bursaries specific to the hospitality industry, so this give young people outside of the traditional reinsurance or business sector an opportunity for financial support.

“We know from feedback we have received these scholarships mean a lot to those studying hospitality,” Mrs. Cartwright said. “Past winners have been extremely grateful and excited for the added support and in some cases it has meant the difference between whether they get to continue their studies here and overseas, or not.

“Hospitality is one of the fastest growing industries not only in Bermuda, but worldwide and there are so many different industries that fall under the hospitality banner. If there’s something you like, whether it is in culinary arts, customer service, marketing or even business related, most times we can find a pathway for you in hospitality.

“We are encouraging as many people as possible to take the time to apply for the scholarship. We are especially urging Bermuda College students to consider this as an option to making their dreams come true. For many students the high costs of going to study overseas can make it challenging to pursue their post-secondary education, but by completing two years first at Bermuda College it makes it that much more affordable.”

The Tomasz Tabor Hospitality Scholarship is open to students age 18 and over. The award committee will assess each person’s passion for the industry, as well as their academic and personal achievements.

Register before Friday, June 30 by visiting

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