FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Rauni Kew 207-602-8500 Greg Dugal Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 Alexander Proach of Moody Awarded Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation Scholarship Freeport ME – June 19 2012 – Alexander Proach of Moody was awarded a scholarship by The Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation affiliated with the Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) at the eighth annual Tees & Textbooks event at the Senator Inn and SPA in Augusta on June 4th 2012 announced Greg Dugal Executive Director at MEIA. Proach is a student at the University of New England in Biddeford studying physical therapy. He grew up in the hospitality industry working for his mother and father at the Wells-Ogunquit Resort. In his spare time Proach volunteered for the Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce. Proach was awarded a $600. scholarship named for the memory of Ray Weymouth operator of the Interstate Oasis Motel and past Maine Innkeepers Association President and Hall of Fame recipient. The scholarship was sponsored by Darlene Ratte Peter Daigle and the employees of the Best Western and Waterville Plus Hotel. The Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation has awarded 249 Maine students with over $157800 since the scholarship program began in 1984. The program was designed to inspire Maine students pursuing hospitality careers and this year 9 more students were presented with scholarships totaling $8200. “We are delighted to continue to offer support to these fine Maine students ” stated Dugal. “We hope that many of the recipients will decide to stay in Maine and pursue their careers in hospitality 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. Photo: Darlene Ratte of the Waterville Grand Hotel presents Alexander Proach of Moody Beach 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