08/09/06 - 2006 Fay Carpenter Hospitality Scholars
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Greg Dugal, Executive Director
Maine Innkeepers Association
Rangeley resident receives a Hospitality Scholarship Award from the Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation
The Association has awarded over $115,000 in scholarships in twenty-two years
Freeport, ME – August 9, 2006 – The Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation, affiliated with the Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA), a leading provider of information and support to the lodging and tourism industry of Maine, is pleased to announce Kate Jamison of Rangeley, as the recipient of the 2006 Fay Carpenter Hospitality Scholarship Award. Jamison was presented with the award earlier this summer (last month), along with ten other Hospitality Scholarship Award recipients, at a dinner event that was part of the MEIA’s 2nd annual Tees & Textbooks, at the Bethel Inn & Country Club in Bethel, ME.
The Fay Carpenter Award is worth $500, and is in memory of Fay Carpenter, who was co-owner with her husband Ed of the Rangeley Inn. In recent years they owned the Meredith Inn near Lake Winnepausaukie in New Hampshire. Fay and Ed spent many years giving to the hospitality industry. Fay was a Past President of the Maine Innkeepers Association and a Hall of Fame member. She also served as president of the Maine Publicity Bureau.
Jamison will be attending the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. She grew up around the hospitality industry, as her parents own the Country Club Inn in Rangeley. Kate has performed many tasks at the Inn and is now learning to tend bar. This award is sponsored by her friends and family. All of the proceeds for this very generous scholarship were collected from individual donations large and small from the many people that Fay touched in the course of her life.
The scholarship program, designed to meet the partial needs of Maine students pursuing a career in the hospitality industry, has awarded over $115,500 in scholarship money to 189 recipients since its inception 22 years ago. This was the first year that 11 scholarships were sponsored, allowing The Education Foundation to give out $7500.
Students who apply for the scholarships are judged by a selection committee that looks at many different criteria including scholastic record, financial data, extra curricular activities, desire for a career in the hospitality industry, and employment record. Scholarship awards are given only to students who have been accepted to fully accredited schools, with specialties in hotel administration and culinary arts. These schools include, but are not limited to: all hospitality schools within State University Systems, all private Universities and Colleges, and Maine Community College System.
There is also a Non-Hospitality Scholarship Award available to employees and family members of innkeepers, who are pursuing their education in a non-hospitality field, allowing an opportunity for a scholarship in any career of their choice.
“We are thrilled for Kate to receive this award this year. It will help in her goal to pursue a career in hospitality,” said Greg Dugal, Executive Director, MEIA. “We are really proud of all of the recipients who are truly outstanding individuals, and we are happy to support them in a possible career path in hospitality, which of course will help build the growing business of tourism in this state,” he continued.
About the Maine Innkeepers Association
The Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation is affiliated with the Maine Innkeepers Association, a leading provider of tourism information to both Maine’s lodging industry and its visitors, that represents over 700 B&Bs, camps, cottages, hotels, inns, motels and resorts across Maine, and their suppliers. Through communication, education, promotion and government affairs, the Association helps its members achieve prosperity and deliver a quality product to the consumer. Maine Innkeepers Association is located in Freeport, ME and can also be found at www.maineinns.com.