07/10/06 - 2006 Dennis Johnston Scholarship Award
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Greg Dugal, Executive Director
Maine Innkeepers Association
Machias resident receives 2006 Hospitality Award from The Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation
The Association has awarded over $115,000 in scholarships in twenty-two years
Freeport, ME – July 10, 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 Rianne Barker from Machias as the recipient of the 2006 Dennis Johnston Scholarship Award. Barker 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 Dennis Johnston Award is worth $500, and is in memory of Dennis Johnston, who like many of the scholarship recipients who have struggled to get the education they desire, was a fighter of many sorts. He was not a typical manager in the restaurant industry, but was full of new ideas and constantly fighting the “way things have always been done” mentality. He was a tenacious, honest and hard working person, always willing to help others. Barker is the daughter of Julie and David Barker, owners of the Inn at Schoppee Farm. She is a business major at University of Maine, Machias, and hopes to continue her education with courses at New England Culinary Institute. The award is sponsored by RMS Hospitality whose philosophy and beliefs center on the premise that hospitality is the cornerstone of the industry. As a company, it establishes at each of its properties, highly effective processes and procedures enhancing guest and employee satisfaction, efficient operating practices, and sound budget and financial controls.
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 Rianne to receive this award this year, and we hope that it will enable her to continue to pursue her dreams of continued education in hospitality,” 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.