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06/07/05 - MEIA announces its 2005 Scholarship R

6/8/2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Sara Brazer, Brazer Communications (860) 355-8229 Greg Dugal, Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 The Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation Announces The Recipients of its 2005 Hospitality Scholarships The Association has awarded over $108,000 in scholarships in twenty-one years Freeport, ME – June 7, 2005 – The Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation, affiliated with the Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA), a leading provider of information and support to the lodging and tourism industry of Maine, announced eight recipients of its 2005 Hospitality Scholarship Awards. The awards were given out at a dinner last week, part of the MEIA’s 1st annual Big Event, at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, ME. The recipients enjoyed an evening of dinner and entertainment (the Odd Company performed) with family and future peers. The scholarship program, designed to meet the partial needs of Maine students pursuing a career in the hospitality industry, has awarded over $108,000 in scholarship money to 178 recipients since its inception 21 years ago. This was the first year that all eight scholarships were sponsored, allowing The Education Foundation to give out $6000 in scholarships to deserving recipients ($2000 more than last year); and it is also the first year that a scholarship was awarded to a teacher. Greg Forzley, Wells (University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH) Charles Samelson Award ($1000 award) – Sponsored by Dirigo Stitching Jonathan Carney, Lincoln (University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL) Ed Langlois Award ($1000 award) – This award was sponsored Anonymously Bonnie Crocker, Portland (Wine Studies Program at Boston University, Boston, MA) Women in Hospitality Award ($1500 award) – Sponsored by Nancy Gray, Maureen McQuade and Kathryn Weare Catherine Dunn, Cumberland (Teacher– Portland Arts & Technology High School, Portland, ME) Charlie Keegan Award ($500 Award) – Sponsored by Rowley Insurance Agency Sarah Atherton, Bass Harbor (University of Maine, Orono, ME) Burt and Marguerite Mosher Award ($500 Award) – Sponsored by Bear Spring Camps Andrew Hansen, Owls Head (Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY) Jedediah Scott Award ($500 Award) – Sponsored by Peter Daigle of Lafayette Hotels Ryan Livingston, Portland (Keene State College, Keene, NH) Dennis Johnston Award($500 Award) – Sponsored by RMS Hospitality Abby Williams, East Boothbay (Southern Maine Community College, South Portland, ME) Marcel LaCasse Award ($500 Award) – Sponsored by New England Coffee Company Students who apply for the scholarships are judged by a selection committee that looks at many different criteria including scholastic record, financial data, extra curricular activities, desire for a career in the hospitality industry, and employment record. Scholarship awards are given only to students who have been accepted to fully accredited schools, with specialties in hotel administration and culinary arts. These schools include, but are not limited to: all hospitality schools within State University Systems, all private Universities and Colleges, and Maine Community College System. There is also a Non-Hospitality Scholarship Award available to employees and family members of innkeepers, who are pursuing their education in a non-hospitality field, allowing an opportunity for a scholarship in any career of their choice. “It was an exciting year to give out the scholarships, as they were all sponsored and it allowed us to give more to the students who are so deserving,” said Greg Dugal, Executive Director, MEIA. “We are really proud of these recipients, they are truly outstanding individuals.” “We enjoy supporting the young adults of Maine, and encourage them to pursue careers in hospitality, to help build the growing business of tourism in this state,” he continued. About the Maine Innkeepers Association The Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation is affiliated with the Maine Innkeepers Association, a leading provider of tourism information to both Maine’s lodging industry and its visitors, that represents nearly 800 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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