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Ryan Asalone 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 Ryan Asalone of Hampden Wins Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation Jedediah Scott Award 11 Maine students Awarded Scholarships at Maine Innkeepers Association Tees & Textbooks Annual Event at Samoset Resort Freeport, ME –July 16, 2010…..Ryan Asalone of Hampden was presented with the Jedediah Scott 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. Ryan Asalone is attending Christopher Newport University, in Newport News, Virginia studying history as his major. He hopes to continue his education at law school. Asalone developed an interest in law participating in his high school’s Mock Trail Program. He has a background in hospitality helping his father, Barry Asalone, at work at the Comfort Inn Ocean’s Edge in Belfast. The $500 scholarship Asalone received was named for Jedediah Scott, an inspiration to the hospitality industry, and sponsored by Peter Daigle, Vice President of Operations for Lafayette Hotels. This year the Maine Innkeepers Education Association 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 offer scholarships to the children of members of the hospitality industry as they complete their education,” stated Dugal. “Whether it is a career in hospitality or another field we are delighted to offer encouragement to these extra ordinary students, and hope they will find good jobs at home in Maine.” 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: Ryan Asalone accepts the Jedediah Scott award from the Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation at the annual Tees & Textbooks event at the Samoset Resort from his father Barry Asalone. 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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