08/11/06 - 2006 Ed Langlois Hospitality Scholarshi
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Greg Dugal, Executive Director
Maine Innkeepers Association
Cape Elizabeth 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 – August 11, 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 “Sam” LoBosco of Cape Elizabeth, as the recipient of the 2006 Ed Langlois Hospitality Scholarship Award. LoBosco was presented with the award last month, 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 Ed Langlois Award is worth $1000 and is given in memory of Ed Langlois who was named executive director of the Maine Innkeepers Association in 1982. At that time the Maine Innkeepers Association was struggling, and so for the next 16 years through Ed’s management and energy, the association regained its financial health and doubled its membership. Ed epitomized the spirit of hospitality and was a dynamic leader in the State of Maine. Above all, he was a true gentleman who was always there with a comforting word and warm smile. The award is sponsored anonymously.
John “Sam” LoBosco is an employee at the Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth. In his tenure there, he has been highly regarded as a Bellman, Valet and Front Desk Associate. He plans to pursue a career in hospitality and will be attending Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
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, and hope it will help him pursue his future 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.