FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Rauni Kew 207-602-8500 Greg Dugal Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 Belinda Place of Morrill Awarded Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation Scholarship Freeport ME – June 19 2013 –Belinda Place of Morrill 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. Place who is attending Thomas College in Waterville ME has wanted to be a hotel manager since she was 8 years old. Place currently works at the Best Western Plus in Waterville as she attends school. She was engaged in an internship at the Samoset Resort last summer. She plans on a fifth year at Thomas College to obtain her Masters of Business Administration. Place accepted the Women in Hospitality Scholarship ($3000 award) from Darlene Ratte of the Best Western Waterville Plus. The Award is sponsored by Nancy Gray Innkeeper and Owner of the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport Maureen McQuade an Owner of the Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth Kathryn Weare Innkeeper and Owner of the Cliff House Spa & Resort in Ogunquit Jean Ginn Marvin the Innkeeper and Owner of the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport Marian Burns Innkeeper and 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 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: Belinda Place accepts the Women in Hospitality Award from the Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation from Darlene Ratte of the Best Western Waterville. 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 ###