Through Sands Care

Las Vegas Sands launches $1M scholarship program to boost hospitality careers in Singapore

Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
2022-09-07
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Resorts operator Las Vegas Sands and its Singapore destination Marina Bay Sands have established a $1 million scholarship program that will help build a pipeline of new talent for the hospitality industry in Singapore through Sands Care, the company’s community engagement program. 

The scholarship initiative is designed to advance hospitality careers in Singapore to capitalize on the tourism growth projected over the coming years, Las Vegas Sands noted in a press release.

The Sands Hospitality Scholarship Program will benefit more than 100 Singaporean students pursuing hospitality or tourism-related courses of study at six Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) including Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic and the Singapore Institute of Technology in Singapore. 

The program kicks off in 2023 and aims to encourage more of the region’s brightest talent to consider a career in the hospitality industry, while “building on the longstanding commitment by Sands and Marina Bay Sands to support Singapore’s economic and tourism goals," the company stated. 

The Sands Hospitality Scholarship Program complements a variety of current Sands Cares efforts to support hospitality industry workforce development. Other initiatives span contributions to higher education institutions, additional scholarship programs, on-property and industry-supported training opportunities for students and hospitality professionals, and mentorship support from company representatives.

Ron Reese, senior vice president of global communications and corporate affairs, who spearheads corporate responsibility initiatives at Sands, said: "The hospitality industry's greatest asset lies in its people, and developing hospitality talent is especially important as the sector undergoes rapid transformation. Singapore's resilient tourism industry is expected to grow robustly with international travel resuming."

“By investing in education to help youth establish careers in hospitality, we are supporting the future of our industry and Singapore's continued leadership as a top global travel destination," Reese added.

The Sands Hospitality Scholarship Program joins other corporate-supported Sands Cares initiatives in Singapore, which include the Sands Cares Accelerator, a program that assists nonprofit organizations in expanding their reach and driving deeper impact; and the Sands Cares Hygiene Kit Build with Clean the World and the Sands Cares Food Kit Build, both aimed at supporting people facing hardship in Sands' local communities.

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