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Rachel Michaud wins 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 Rachel Michaud of Hampden Wins Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation Ed Langlois Award 11 Maine students Awarded Scholarships at Maine Innkeepers Association Tees & Textbooks Annual Event at Samoset Resort Freeport, ME –July 16, 2010…..Rachel Michaud of Hampden was presented with the Ed Langlois scholarship by The Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation, affiliated with the Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) at a Scholarship dinner at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine on June 21, 2010, announced Greg Dugal, Executive Director of MEIA. Rachel Michaud is currently attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and will major in Communications Design. Michaud’s background is steeped in hospitality as her mother worked for Lafayette Hotels in Maine, and Rachel will follow in her footsteps working as a Multi Media Marketing intern at Lafayette hotels. The $500 scholarship Michaud received was named for Ed Langlois, a past Director of the Maine Innkeepers Association, and was sponsored by Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation 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. Awards may also be made to member’s employees, or their children, or children of member innkeepers. “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 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 great jobs 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: Rachel Michaud is presented with the Ed Langlois Scholarship Award by Greg Dugal, Executive Director of the Maine Innkeepers Association at The Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation Awards Dinner at the annual Tees and Textbooks 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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