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Liberty McKnight of Thomaston Receives a Scholarship from Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation

6/22/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Rauni Kew 207 602 8500 Greg Dugal, Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 Liberty McKnight of Thomaston Receives a Scholarship from Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation Freeport, ME – June 24, 2014 –Liberty McKnight of Thomaston , Maine was awarded a scholarship by The Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation, affiliated with the Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) at the tenth annual Tees & Textbooks event held June 9th and 10th 2014, at the Samoset Resort in Rockport , announced Greg Dugal, President and CEO at MEIA. McKnight received the Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation Award ($500 Award) which was sponsored by an anonymous donor from within the industry. McKnight will be attending Roanoke College, in Salem VA. where she will be studying communications. McKnight comes from a hospitality family. Her grandfather, Bob Liberty, built the Trade Winds Motor Inn from the ground up 50 years ago. He was followed into the business by his son and daughter, McKnight’s uncle and mother. The Maine Innkeeper’s Education Foundation scholarship program began 10 years ago to offer partial support to students pursuing careers in hospitality. Over $180,000. has been awarded to 273 Maine students since 2004. This year twelve Maine students received sponsored scholarships totaling $12,000. “It is wonderful that our membership has once again risen to the occasion and exceeded last year’s contributions to the Maine Innkeeper’s Education Foundation,” stated Dugal. “Our industry remains committed to offering support to Maine students, and we hope many of them will remain in Maine with careers in hospitality.” Scholarships were awarded after review by a selection committee who considered 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. Maine Innkeeper’s Association Education Foundation is a 501c3 charity. 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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