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Belinda Place Awarded Scholarship

7/17/2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Rauni Kew 207-602-8500 kewr@glance.net Greg Dugal, Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 Belinda Place of Morrill Wins Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation Scholarship 11 Maine students Awarded Scholarships at Maine Innkeepers Association Tees & Textbooks Annual Event at Samoset Resort Freeport, ME –July 16, 2010…..Belinda Place of Morrill was presented with the Larry Mahaney scholarship by The Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation, affiliated with the Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) at the annual Tees & Textbooks Scholarship dinner at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine on June 21, 2010, announced Greg Dugal, Executive Director of MEIA. Belinda Place is currently attending Thomas College in Waterville, Maine. Place has expressed the desire to work in hospitality since she was child. She was inspired by her aunt who owns and operates Macannamac Camps in Northern Maine. Place is studying Hotel Management at Thomas College and hopes to be a hotel manager in the future. The $500 scholarship was named for Larry Mahaney, founder of the Erin Corporation, and generous supporter of the University of Maine system, and sponsored by the Holiday Inn in Waterville. This year the Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation awarded 11 students sponsored scholarships in the amount of $9200. 230 students have been awarded over $134,000 since the scholarship program was created in 1984 to inspire and support Maine students pursuing careers in hospitality. “We are pleased to be able to offer scholarships to these local students to help support their pursuit of careers in hospitality,” said Dugal. “Tourism continues to be the largest industry in more page two – Place- MEIA the state and offering educational support to the next generation is vital. Hospitality generates a broad spectrum of good career options in the state, and we hope some of these fine students find a great career right here at home.” Any Maine resident who has been accepted to a fully accredited school with specialties in hotel administration or culinary sciences, and is pursuing a career in hospitality may apply for a scholarship award ranging from $500 to $2500. 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 info@maineinns.com. Photo: Belinda Place accepts a scholarship from Darlene Ratte of Holiday Inn Waterville at the Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation Tees & Textbooks annual event at the Samoset Resort. 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 ###

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