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January 2019

ACMF and Royal Caribbean Award Two Bahamian Scholarships to CMU!

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A partnership between the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation (ACMF) and Royal Caribbean International (RCI) has resulted in two Bahamian nationals receiving full scholarships to study at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) in Kingston, Jamaica.⁣

Tre’von Ferguson and Shante Pearson were presented with the scholarship award at a ceremony held on board the Royal Caribbean “Symphony of the Seas” (the largest Oasis-class cruise ship in the world) on Friday, January 11, 2019. Both are also the first beneficiary of an Articulation Agreement between the CMU and the Government of Bahamas, where students from the LJM Maritime Academy in the Bahamas can matriculate directly to CMU. Students are then able to complete the management level of the marine programme and the STCW 95 as amended.⁣

Speaking at the ceremony, Prof. Fritz Pinnock, CMU president, expressed his gratitude to the ACMF and Royal Caribbean for their support. “I want to thank Dr Geneive Metzger, president of the ACMF, for her commitment and work with the Foundation, and Mr Michael Bayley, president of Royal Caribbean, for his passion and care for regional development.”⁣

The Royal Caribbean donated US$ 100,000 to the Foundation at the Anchor Awards held in New York recently.⁣

In a letter to the CMU, Dr Geneive Metzger encouraged the recipients to represent themselves, the ACMF and RCI with great pride, as the Foundation seeks to increase the number of scholarships in 2019.⁣

“Both recipients are now international ambassadors of the ACMF and Royal Caribbean,” she said. “We now challenge them with the hope of all they can be and with the unwavering determination to be that, as their success supports the strategic endeavours of the ACMF for 2019 and beyond.” ⁣

Ferguson, will pursue his undergraduate degree in marine transportation at CMU. This was the first time he has applied for the award, and for him, a multi-disciplinary individual, it was the best possible result.⁣

“I’m excited to get the opportunity to study at CMU; they have a great programme down there [Jamaica]. And Jamaica is like my second home—sun, sand, and sea—much like the Bahamas,” he chuckled.⁣

Meanwhile Pearson, LGM graduate and a certified scuba diver, had high praises for the Foundation (especially Dr Geneive Metzger), Royal Caribbean and CMU, all of whom she credits for what she describes as a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity.’⁣

“I really want to thank the entire team who made this all come together,” Pearson said. “This scholarship has given me the opportunity to further my career in the maritime field—and I’m now inching closer to becoming a captain on board a cruise ship,” she expressed.⁣

The next scholarship award ceremony will take place in Jamaica, where further discussions are expected to take place regarding job placements of CMU students on board Royal Caribbean cruise ships. ⁣

ACMF Scholarships are offered to students with strong academic performance along with demonstrated leadership, service and community involvement. Grants and bursaries are offered to students with good academic standing and compelling financial need.⁣

ACMF President sends New Year message to CMU students and staff

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There are not too many new years in my professional life to rival New Year 2019.  In part, because I am so very honored to lead the ACMF team as we work to achieve more of our objectives in support of the Caribbean Maritime University in the new year.

We begin 2019 with an extraordinary opportunity to collaborate with our partner, Royal Caribbean International (RCI).  On January 11th, I’ll be joined by your president, Dr. Fritz Pinnock; Dr. Brenda Cleare, President of the LJM Maritime Academy (Bahamas), Royal Caribbean International, and Bahamian government officials and friends in The Bahamas.  The occasion is the launch of the ACMF Royal Caribbean Scholarship program and we will award the first two ACMF Royal Caribbean Scholarship recipients to begin studies at the CMU in January.

The occasion is especially important because it is the very model for the type of strategic endeavours that the ACMF will undertake in 2019 and beyond in order to achieve our mission.  It is a privilege to work with a company like RCI that believes in what we do, and appreciates the critical role of the CMU in the Caribbean.

It is also gratifying to work with Dr. Pinnock and his team and to increase in the new year the number of scholarships and funding beyond what we have already made to the CMU.  We remain inspired by the remarkable achievements of the CMU and know that you will continue to go from strength to strength in transforming lives and playing an important role in shaping the Caribbean maritime sector.

We covet the CMU’s prayers and will keep the CMU in ours for good success in the new year.

Geneive Brown Metzger, LLD Hon


American Caribbean Maritime Foundation