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Alison Kill 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 Alison Kill of South Portland Wins Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation John O’Keeffe Award 11 Maine students Awarded Scholarships at Maine Innkeepers Association Tees & Textbooks Annual Event at Samoset Resort Freeport, ME –July 10, 2010…..Alison Kill of South Portland was awarded the John O’Keeffe 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. Alison Kill is attending the University of Maine, Orono . She is currently a junior and studying exercise science. Alison grew up in hospitality as her father, Jerry Kill, was general manager of the Days Inn in South Portland and a long time MEIA member. Alison also experienced hospitality first hand working at the Inn by the Sea. The $500 scholarship awarded to Kill is named for John O’Keeffe, former co owner of Fisherman’s Wharf in Boothbay Harbor, and sponsored by Laura Honey and Jack Gibbons of Fisherman’s Wharf. 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 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, extracurricular 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: Alison Kill is presented with the John O’Keeffe scholarship Award by Laura Honey of Fisherman’s Wharf at the Maine Innkeeper’s Association Education Foundation Tees and 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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