IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Rauni Kew 207 602 8500 Greg Dugal President/CEO Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 Abigail Brown of Poland Receives Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation Scholarship Augusta ME –August 5 2015–Abigail Brown of Poland was awarded a scholarship by The Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation affiliated with the Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) at the 11th annual Tees & Textbooks event held at Best Western Plus in Waterville on June 8th announced Greg Dugal President and CEO at MEIA. Brown will be attending Husson University in Bangor in the hospitality management school in the fall. Currently she is working in the industry with her sister Laura under the supervision of Cynthia Robbins at the Poland Spring Resort. Brown accepted the Women in Hospitality Award from her sister Laura. The scholarship award of $2500 was sponsored by Nancy Gray Innkeeper / Owner of the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport Maureen McQuade an Owner of the Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth Jean Ginn Marvin Innkeeper/ Owner of the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport Marian Burns Innkeeper /Owner of Mira Monte Inn & Suites in Bar Harbor and Darlene Ratte Assistant General Manager at the Best Western Waterville Plus and Hospitality Instructor at Thomas College. The Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation began in 1984 and is designed to offer support and encouragement to Maine students pursuing education and a career in hospitality. The program has awarded over $192000 to 260 students since inception. This year the following twelve students were presented with scholarships totally $12000. “ We are very pleased to offer scholarships to encourage these terrific Maine students many of whom are hoping to pursue a career in hospitality” stated Dugal. “The hospitality industry in Maine is the largest industry in the state and offers a variety of good career paths to local students.” 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: Abigail Brown (far right) accepts the Women in Hospitality Scholarship from Maine Innkeepers Association education Foundation from her sister Laura Brown and Greg Goforth of Lafayette Hotels. 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 Augusta ME and can also be found at ###