FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Rauni Kew 207-602-8500 Greg Dugal Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 Belinda Place of Morill Awarded Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation Scholarship Freeport ME – June 19 2012 –Belinda Place of Morrill 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. Place is currently attending Thomas College in Waterville Maine. Place has always wanted to work in hospitality and her goal is to be a hotel manager. She is enrolled in Hotel Management at Thomas College toward that end. She is currently working at the Best Western Plus in Waterville while she attends school and will be engaged in an internship at the Samoset Resort for the summer. Place was awarded the Ed and Faye Carpenter Scholarship of $1000 sponsored by Friends and Carpenter Family Members and Tom Hildreth of Carrabasset Coffee. 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 be inspired 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: Greg Goforth General Manager of Fireside Inn & Suites in Portland presents Belinda Place with a Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation scholarship award. 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 ###