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06/19/06 - MEIA Education Foundation 2006 Hospital

11/13/2006

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 2006 Hospitality Scholarships The Association has awarded over $115,000 in scholarships in twenty-two years Freeport, ME – June 19, 2006 – 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, has announced 11 recipients of its 2006 Hospitality Scholarship Awards. The awards were given out at a dinner last week as part of the MEIA’s 2nd annual Tees & Textbooks, at the Bethel Inn & Country Club in Bethel, ME. Sponsors of the event included Daigle Commercial Group, Turner Barker Insurance, and Ron Churchill (owner of Bear Spring Camps). Entertainment was provided by Maine Comedian, Bob Marley. The scholarship program, designed to meet the partial needs of Maine students pursuing a career in the hospitality industry, has awarded over $115,500 in scholarship money to 189 recipients since its inception 22 years ago. This was the first year that 11 scholarships were sponsored, allowing The Education Foundation to give out $7500 to the following recipients: Christina Lougee, Windham (Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY.) Women in Hospitality Award ($1500) – Sponsored by Nancy Gray, Maureen McQuade and Kathryn Weare John Costello IV, Jackman (Eastern Maine Community College, Bangor, ME) Charles Samelson Award ($1000) Sponsored by Dirigo Stitching Rianne Barker, Machias (University of Maine, Machias, ME) Dennis Johnston Award ($500) Sponsored by RMS Hospitality Kristin Jones, Farmington (University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH) Larry Mahaney Award ($500) Sponsored by Employees and Management of Olympia Equity Hotel Company. Dustin Hilt, Thomaston (Colby College, Waterville, ME) Marcel LaCasse Award ($500) Sponsored by Rowley Insurance Agency Jonathan Carney, Lincoln (University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL) Harold T. Nelson and Irving E. Small Award ($500) Sponsored by Nelson & Small, Inc. John “Sam” LoBosco, Cape Elizabeth (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY) Ed Langlois Award ($1000) This award was sponsored anonymously. Elizabeth McFarland, Rockland (Husson College, Bangor, ME) Earl LeClair Award ($500) Sponsored by Turkish Towels Timothy Wilson, Whitefield (Washington County Community College, Calais, ME) Charlie Keegan Award ($500) Sponsored by Maureen and Elizabeth Keegan Kate Jamison, Rangeley (University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH) Fay Carpenter Award ($500) Sponsored by her Friends and Family Members Danielle Garber, Waterville (New England Culinary Institute, Montpelier, VT) Jedediah Scott Award ($500) Sponsored by Peter Daigle of Lafayette Hotels 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. “We are thrilled to be able to expand out scholarship program this year, and go from eight scholarships in previous years, to 11 this year!” exclaimed Greg Dugal, Executive Director, MEIA. “We are really proud of these recipients, they are truly outstanding individuals.” “We enjoy supporting people who are thinking about pursuing 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 over 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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