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07/21/06 - 2006 Charles Samelson Hospitality Schol

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 Jackman resident receives a Hospitality Scholarship Award from the Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation The Association has awarded over $115,000 in scholarships in twenty-two years Freeport, ME – July 21, 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, is pleased to announce John Costello IV from Jackman, as the recipient of the 2006 Charles Samelson Hospitality Scholarship Award. Costello was presented with the award last month, along with ten other Hospitality Scholarship Award recipients, at a dinner event that was part of the MEIA’s 2nd annual Tees & Textbooks, at the Bethel Inn & Country Club in Bethel, ME. The Charles Samelson Award is worth $1000, and is in memory of Charles Samelson, who was the creator and owner of Charles Samelson, Inc. He was a major supplier of home furnishing textiles to the hospitality and health care industries, and he passed away in 1998. He was a true mentor to many in the industry. John is studying Culinary Arts at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor, and his long term goal is to obtain a Bachelors Degree in Restaurant Management and open his own restaurant. The scholarship award is sponsored by Dirigo Stitching, who for 20 years has manufactured draperies, bedspreads, etc. The products are made in Maine and either sent factory direct to you, or professional installation is provided. 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. 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 for John to receive this award this year. It will help him in his goal to pursue a caree in hospitality and hopefully someday open his own restaurant,” said Greg Dugal, Executive Director, MEIA. “We are really proud of all of the recipients who are truly outstanding individuals, and we are happy to support them in a possible career path in hospitality, which of course will 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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