MEIA Education Foundation Awards 2010
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Maine Innkeepers Association
Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation 2010
Awards 11 Maine Students with Scholarships at Annual Tees & Textbooks
Freeport, ME – July 16, 2010 – The Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation, affiliated with the Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) awarded 11 students with hospitality scholarships at the sixth annual Tees & Textbooks event on June 21st at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, announced Greg Dugal, Executive Director at MEIA. The scholarships were awarded after a cocktail dinner reception followed by the 16th annual Maine Innkeepers Association Hospitality Golf classic the next day at the Samoset Resort.
Named scholarships totaling $9200 were awarded in a range from $500 to $2500. Over $134,000 has been awarded to 230 students since The Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation 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. The recipients for 2010 were:
• Haley Warner of Northport, attending Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale Fla. Charles Samelson Award ($1000), sponsored by Dirigo Stitching & Harry Samelson.
• Rachel Michaud of Hampden, attending The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY. Ed Langlois Award ($500), sponsored by Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation.
• Stacia Matthews of Bangor, attending Husson University, Bangor. Ed Langlois Award ($500), sponsored by Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation.
• Elise Perkins of Auburn, attending Endicott College, Beverly, MA. Women in Hospitality Award, ($2500) - sponsored by Nancy Gray of Harraseeket Inn, Maureen McQuade of Inn by the Sea, Kathryn Weare of Cliff House Spa & Resort, Jean Ginn Marvin of the
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Nonantum Resort, and Marian Burns of Mira Monte Inn & Suites.
• Lily McLaughlin of Greenville, attending University of Maine, Orono. Charlie Keegan Award ($1200) - sponsored by The Turkish Towel Company.
• Ryan Asalone, of Hampden, attending Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA. Jedediah Scott Award ($500) – sponsored by Peter Daigle of Lafayette Hotels.
• Jordan McLaughlin of Medway, attending Southern Maine Community College,
South Portland, ME.- Dennis Johnston Award ($500)- sponsored by Colonial Surveying.
• Alison Kill of South Portland, attending University of Maine, Orono. .- John O’Keeffe Award ($500) sponsored by Fisherman’s Wharf.
• Joshua Charest of Lewiston attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.- Harold Nelson & Irving Small Award ($500) sponsored by Nelson & Small, Inc.
• Wade Wakefield of Unity, attending Thomas College, Waterville- Ed & Fay Carpenter Award ($1000) sponsored by Friends & Family Members & Carrabasset Coffee.
• Belinda Place of Morrill, attending Thomas College, Waterville, ME.- Larry Mahaney Award- ($ 500) sponsored by Holiday Inn, Waterville.
“We are pleased to offer scholarships to encourage these exceptional Maine students, and hope the awards will inspire some to pursue careers in hospitality, “said Dugal.
“As tourism is the largest industry in the state, it is vital that we support and help educate the next generation.”
Scholarship awards are made to Maine students enrolled at fully accredited schools with specialties in culinary arts or hotel administration including hospitality schools in the State University System, private Universities or Colleges, and Maine Community College Systems. Scholarships are awarded after review by a committee who consider scholastic records, financial need, extra curricular activities and a desire to work in hospitality. Non- hospitality awards may be available to employees, their families or family members of innkeepers.
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