FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Rauni Kew 207-602-8500 Greg Dugal Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 Aaron Richardson of Bangor Awarded Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation Scholarship Freeport ME – June 19 2013 –Aaron Richardson of Bangor was awarded a scholarship by The Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation affiliated with the Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) at the ninth annual Tees & Textbooks event held at the Fireside Inn and Suites in Portland on June 3rd 2013 announced Greg Dugal Executive Director at MEIA. Richardson is attending Husson University in Bangor. His career goals are to become a general manager and then the CEO of his own hotel chain. Aaron has engaged in one of the toughest hotel positions of them all night auditor at the Days Inn Hotel and Entertainment Center working to put himself through college. Richardson accepted the Ed and Fay Carpenter Award ($1000 Award) from MEIA Executive Director Greg Dugal which was sponsored by Friends and Family Members and Carrabasset Coffee. The Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation has awarded 260 Maine students with over $168800 since the scholarship program began in 1984. The program was designed to inspire Maine students pursuing hospitality careers and this year 11 more students were presented with scholarships totaling $11000. “The Maine Innkeepers Association is pleased to be able to continue to offer annual support to these great Maine students “stated Dugal. “Hospitality is the economic driver for the state and creates good career opportunities in a number of areas. We hope that many of the recipients will be inspired to stay in Maine and pursue their careers here in the state.” Scholarships are awarded after review by a selection committee who consider scholastic records financial need extracurricular activities and a desire to work in hospitality to Maine students enrolled at fully accredited schools with specialties in culinary arts or hotel administration. This includes hospitality schools in the State University System private Universities or Colleges and Maine Community College Systems. Non- hospitality awards may also be available to employees and their families or family members of innkeepers. All contributions made by the sponsors are donations to the Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation and are tax deductible as the Foundation is a 501c3 organization. Photo: Greg Dugal Executive Director of the Maine Innkeepers Association presents Aaron Richardson with a Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation Scholarship. About the Maine Innkeepers Association The Maine Innkeepers Association a leading provider of tourism information to both Maine’s lodging industry and its visitors represents nearly 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 ###