FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Rauni Kew Greg Dugal Executive Director 207-602-8500 Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 Laura Brown of West Poland Awarded Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation Scholarship Freeport ME – June 19 2012 –Laura Brown of West Poland 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. Brown is a student at Husson University in Bangor. She is studying hospitality management at Husson and has been a tour guide at the Maine State Building of the Poland Spring Preservation Society. Brown has also gained hospitality skills working at the Poland Spring Resort. Brown received the Women in Hospitality scholarship award of $2500. 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 Innkeeper and Owner of the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport and Marian Burns is Innkeeper and Owner of Mira Monte Inn & Suites in Bar Harbor. 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. “Maine’s hospitality industry is vital for the state offering a broad range of career paths. We hope to encourage many of these exceptional students to remain in Maine and work in the industry.” 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: Kim Dennis General Manager of Homewood Suites by Hilton presents Laura Brown of West Poland a Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation Women in Hospitality 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 ###