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06/21/07 - MEIA Education Foundation 2007 Scholars

7/9/2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Sara Brazer Brazer Communications (860) 355-8229 Greg Dugal, Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 The Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation Announces The Recipients of its 2007 Hospitality Scholarships The Association has awarded over $115,000 in scholarships in twenty-three years Freeport, ME – June 21, 2007 – 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, has announced ten recipients of its 2007 Hospitality Scholarship Awards. The awards were given out at a dinner last week as part of the MEIA’s 3rd annual Tees & Textbooks, at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. Sponsors of the event included Daigle Commercial Group, Turner Barker Insurance, and New England Coffee Company. Entertainment was provided by Comedian, Michael McDonald 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 199 recipients since its inception 23 years ago. This year scholarships totaling $8500 were given out to the following recipients: Stephanie Whitman, Machias (University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH) Women in Hospitality Award ($2000) – Sponsored by Nancy Gray, Maureen McQuade, Kathryn Weare and Jean Ginn Marvin. John Costello IV, Jackman (Eastern Maine Community College, Bangor, ME) Charles Samelson Award ($1000) Sponsored by Dirigo Stitching Abigayle Churchill, Rome (Providence College, Providence, RI) Dennis Johnston Award ($500) Sponsored by Colonial Surveying John “Sam” LoBosco, Cape Elizabeth (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY) Larry Mahaney Award ($500) Sponsored by the Holiday Inn Waterville Kyle Matthews, Owls Head (University of Maine, Farmington, ME) Marcel LaCasse Award ($500) Sponsored by Fisherman’s Wharf Elizabeth Faulkner, Bridgton (Southern Maine Community College, South Portland, ME) Harold T. Nelson and Irving E. Small Award ($500) Sponsored by Nelson & Small, Inc. Elizabeth McFarland, Rockland (Husson College, Bangor, ME) Ed Langlois Award ($1000) This award was sponsored anonymously. Kelly-Jane Arsenault, Gray (Southern Maine Community College, South Portland, ME) Charlie Keegan Award ($500) Sponsored by Turkish Towels Beth Beach, Eustis (Monroe College, New Rochelle, NY) Ed and Fay Carpenter Award ($1000) Sponsored by her friends and family members, and Carrabasset Coffee Kristin Jones, Farmington (University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH) Jedediah Scott Award ($500) Sponsored by Peter Daigle of Lafayette Hotels 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, employment record and a desire for a career in the hospitality industry. 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. “As always it is thrilling for our education committee, sponsors and friends to be able to participate in such a way in these students lives by helping to give them well earned scholarships,” said Greg Dugal, Executive Director, MEIA. “We are really proud of these recipients, they are truly outstanding individuals, and we hope they continue their dreams for pursuing careers in hospitality.” 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. ###

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