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6/7/08- MEIA Education Foundation Awards 08

6/7/2008

For Immediate Release Press Contact information: Rauni Kew 207-602-8500 Greg Dugal, Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation Names Scholarship Recipients for 2008 Ten scholarships totaling $8500 will be awarded to Maine students pursuing hospitality careers Freeport, ME – June 7, 2008 – Ten students have been named by the Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation, affiliated with the Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) as recipients of its 2008 Hospitality Scholarship Awards announced MEIA Executive Director Greg Dugal. The awards will be presented on June 16 at a gala dinner at the Grand Summit Hotel in Newry as part of MEIA’s Fourth annual ‘Tees &Textbooks’ event. The scholarship program, created to support and inspire Maine students pursuing hospitality careers, has awarded $120,000 to 209 students since it’s inception in 1984. This year’s hospitality scholarships totally $8500 will be awarded to the following Maine students : · Jessie Hill of Camden, attending University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Charles Samelson Award ($1000), sponsored by Dirigo Stitching. · Elise Perkins of Auburn, attending Endicott College, Beverly MA. Ed Langlois Award ($1000), sponsored by Sebasco Harbor Resort. · Elizabeth McFarland, of Rockland, attending Husson College, Bangor ME. Women in Hospitality Award, ($2000) - sponsored by Nancy Gray, Maureen McQuade, Kathryn Weare, Jean Ginn Marvin. · Chad Westleigh of Poland, attending Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI. Charlie Keegan Award ($500) - sponsored by Turkish Towels. · Wade Wakefield of Unity, attending Thomas College, Waterville, ME. Jedediah Scott Award ($1000) – sponsored by Peter Daigle of Lafayette Hotels. · Haley Warner of Northport, attending American University, Washington, DC.- Dennis Johnston Award ($500)- sponsored by Colonial Surveying. · Bailey LeBoeuf of Eagle Lake, attending University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.- John O’Keeffe Award ($500) sponsored by Fisherman’s Wharf. · Jordan McLaughlin of Medway, attending Southern Maine Community College, South Portland ME.- Harold T. Nelson & Irving E. Small Award ($500) sponsored by Nelson & Small, Inc. · Krista Jamison of Rangeley, attending University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME- Ed & Fay Carpenter Award ($1000) sponsored by Friends & Family Members & Carrabasset Coffee. · Dustin Leighton of Oakland, attending Eastern Maine Community College, Bangor, ME.- Larry Mahaney Award- ($ 500) sponsored by Holiday Inn, Waterville. “It is an honor to award these outstanding Maine students partial support for their education,” said Greg Dugal, Executive Director at MEIA. “We hope these scholarships will inspire them to continue working toward a rewarding career in hospitality, which, as part of tourism, the leading industry in the state, is vital to Maine’s economy.” Scholarships are awarded to Maine students after review by a selection committee who consider scholastic records, financial need, extra curricular activities and a desire to work in hospitality. Awards are made to students enrolled at fully accredited schools with specialties in culinary arts or hotel administration including hospitality schools in the State University System, private Universities or Colleges, and Maine Community College Systems. One non- hospitality award is available to employees or family members of innkeepers. Scholarship presentations will be made after a social hour starting at 5:30 PM, sponsored by New England Coffee Company, followed by dinner sponsored by Daigle Commercial Group and Turner Barker Insurance. The evening will wrap up with comedy from Maine native, George Hamm. Tickets for this event are available for $55 per person and all proceeds benefit the Maine Innkeeper’s Association Education Foundation, a 501c3 charity. For more information, please call Julie Campbell at 207-865-6100 or julie@maineinns.com About the Maine Innkeepers Association The Maine Innkeepers Association, a leading provider of tourism information to both Maine’s lodging industry and its visitors, represents nearly 800 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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