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Wade Wakefield Awarded Scholarship

7/17/2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Rauni Kew 278-602-8500 kewr@glnce.net Greg Dugal, Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 Wade Wakefield of Unity 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…..Wade Wakefield of Unity was presented with the Ed & Fay Carpenter 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. Wade Wakefield is currently a student at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine. Wakefield has been employed by the Holiday Inn Waterville and has been responsible for many front office tasks including night audit. He is pursuing his education in hospitality management and hopes one day to become a Maine Innkeeper. The $1000 scholarship was named for Ed & Fay Carpenter, former owners of the Rangeley Inn and the Meredith Inn in New Hampshire. The award was sponsored by Tom Hildreth of Carabasset Coffee and friends and family members of Ed & Fay Carpenter. 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 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: Wade Wakefield is presented with a scholarship by Sue Ferrell of Down-East Village Motel 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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