FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Rauni Kew 207-602-8500 Greg Dugal Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 Darren Veilleux of Winslow Awarded Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation Scholarship Freeport ME – June 19 2012 –Darren Veilleux of Winslow 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. Veilleux is a student of Johnson & Wales University in Providence RI. His goal is to become a personal chef . His mentor and chef instructor Rob Lucier at Johnson and Wales believes he is well on his way. His ultimate goal is to become a chef instructor at Johnson and Wales and follow in Chef Lucier’s footsteps. Veilleux plans to work at the Ocean House in Westerly RI this summer. Veilleux received the John “Jack” Gibbons of Fisherman’s Wharf Scholarship Award of $600 sponsored by Fisherman’s Wharf of Boothbay Harbor and Peter Daigle of Lafayette Hotels. 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 hospitality careers 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. 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 ###