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Jordan McLaughlin 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 Jordan McLaughlin of Medway Wins Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation Dennis Johnston Award for Second Year 11 Maine students Awarded Scholarships at Maine Innkeepers Association Tees & Textbooks Annual Event at Samoset Resort Freeport, ME –July 16, 2010…..Jordan McLaughlin of Medway was presented with the Dennis Johnston Award 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. Jordan McLaughlin is attending Southern Maine Community College in South Portland. McLaughlin is looking forward to a career in the Culinary Arts. After completing his two year culinary degree, he plans to continue his education at SMCC to get another degree in Hospitality Management, and is currently working at the Governor’s Restaurant. The $500 scholarship presented to McLaughlin was named for Dennis Johnston, an innovative restaurant manager, and sponsored by Colonial Surveying, a full service land surveying company. 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 extra ordinary Maine students to help support their pursuit of careers in hospitality,” said Dugal. “Tourism continues to be the largest more industry in 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: Jordan McLaughlin receives the Dennis Johnston Scholarship Award from Jeanne Carpentier at the Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation Tees & Textbooks annual event a 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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