Belinda Place Wins MEIA Education Foundation Award
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Greg Dugal, Executive Director
Maine Innkeepers Association
Belinda Place of Thomas College Wins Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation Charles Samelson Scholarship for 2009
Maine Innkeepers Association Awarded Scholarships to Maine students at Tees & Textbooks Annual Event in Booth Bay Harbor
Freeport, ME –July 2, 2009…..Belinda Place of Thomas College in Waterville , was awarded a scholarship by The Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation, affiliated with the Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) at a gala dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf Inn, Boothbay Harbor on June 8th as part of MEIA’s 5th annual Tees & Textbooks event, announced Greg Dugal, Executive Director of MEIA.
Belinda Place was awarded the Charles Samelson Award for $1000. by Peter Schultz of Dirigo Stitching. According to Place, she has wanted to be a hotel manager since she was 8 years old. Belinda’s aunt, who owns and operates Macannamac Camps in Northern Maine, has been her inspiration. Place feels going to Thomas College for Hotel Management will help her fulfill her dream.
The scholarship program, created in 1984 to inspire and support Maine students pursuing careers in hospitality, has awarded over $125,000 to 219 students.
“Tourism offers Maine students a wide variety of career opportunities, and continues to be the economic driver for the state,” said Greg Dugal. “We are pleased to support this vital industry with scholarships that provide inspiration and partial support to these fine local students pursuing careers in hospitality.”
Any Maine resident who has been accepted to a fully accredited school with specialties in hotel administration or culinary sciences, such as Beal College or Southern Maine Technical College, and is pursuing a career in hospitality may apply for a scholarship award ranging from $500 to $2000. Non-Hospitality Scholarship awards may be made to member’s employees or their children, or children of member innkeepers. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee. Awards are made based on scholarship merit, employment history, financial need, extra curricular activities and desire to work in hospitality. For more information on the Education Foundation please call the Maine Innkeepers Association at 207-865-6100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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