For Immediate Release Press Contact information: Rauni Kew (207) 865-6100 Greg Dugal Executive Director 207-602-8500 Maine Innkeepers Association 10th Annual Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation Supports Hospitality Scholarship Program With live on line Auction Auction to fund scholarships to encourage Maine students pursuing hospitality careers Freeport ME –May 2 2011 – The Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation affiliated with the Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) has opened a live auction which will run until May 31 2011 to raise funds for their Annual Scholarship program announced MEIA Executive Director Greg Dugal. To bid or view the full list of auction items including travel packages airline tickets and even college courses go to MEIA AUCTION. The Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation scholarship program now in its tenth year was designed to offer partial support and encourage Maine students pursuing careers in culinary sciences or hospitality. Some of the items up for auction include: • AAA Northern New England Membership • Boston Globe Where to Stay Listing • Maine Birding Trail signed copy • Portland International Jetport One Week Parking • Thomas College – One CED Undergraduate Course class • US Airways – two round trip tickets for two • VIP Charter Coaches – two round trip coach tickets to Foxwoods Casino • Hope Lake Lodge at Greek Peak Mountain Resort overnight stay • Dinners for Two • Many Great In and Out of State Travel Packages more Page two- MEIA- auction “Tourism provides Maine residents with a broad range of good job opportunities. MEIA is very pleased to offer support to students in pursuit of hospitality careers ” said Dugal. “2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation and this auction helps guarantee scholarships will continue to go to worthy students in the foreseeable future. Applications for scholarships are reviewed by a selection committee. Any Maine resident who has been accepted to a fully accredited school with specialties in hotel administration or culinary sciences and is pursuing a career in hospitality are encouraged to apply for a scholarship award ranging from $500 to $2500. Awards are made based on scholarship merit employment history financial need extracurricular activities and desire to work in hospitality. More than 210 Maine students have been awarded over $140000 in scholarships. For more information on the Education Foundation please call the Maine Innkeepers Association at 207-865-6100 or email Find auction items at: MEIA AUCTION or to go to and search for Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation. 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