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Lee Kitchen of Rockport Awarded MEIA Education Foundation Scholarship

6/20/2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Rauni Kew 207-602-8500 Greg Dugal, Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 Lee Kitchen of Rockport Awarded Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation Scholarship Freeport, ME – June 19, 2012 –Lee Kitchen of Rockport was awarded a scholarship by The Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation, affiliated with the Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) at the eighth annual Tees & Textbooks event, at the Senator Inn and SPA in Augusta, on June 4th, 2012, announced Greg Dugal, Executive Director at MEIA. Kitchen is a student at the New England Culinary Institute, in Montpelier, VT. Kitchen comes from a hospitality family and has been working at Fresh, a restaurant in Camden. Kitchen hopes to someday open a restaurant with his father. Kitchen was awarded the Dennis Johnston Award of $500, named for a restaurant manager known to the industry, and sponsored by Colonial Surveying. The Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation has awarded 249 Maine students with over $157,800 since the scholarship program began in 1984. The program was designed to inspire Maine students pursuing hospitality careers and this year 9 more students were presented with scholarships totaling $8200. “We are delighted to continue to offer support to these fine Maine students ,” stated Dugal. “We hope that many of the recipients will be inspired to stay in Maine and pursue their hospitality careers in the state.” Scholarships are awarded after review by a selection committee who consider scholastic records, financial need, extracurricular activities and a desire to work in hospitality to Maine students enrolled at fully accredited schools with specialties in culinary arts or hotel administration. This includes hospitality schools in the State University System, private Universities or Colleges, and Maine Community College Systems. Non- hospitality awards may also be available to employees and 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 ###

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