IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Rauni Kew 207-602-8500 rkew@glance.net Greg Dugal Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation Announces 2012 Scholarship Application Process Open for Students Pursuing Careers in Hospitality Freeport ME – February 1 2012 – The 28th annual scholarship program offered by The Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation affiliated with the Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) is open to accept applications announced MEIA Executive Director Greg Dugal. The Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation scholarship program offers encouragement with partial support to Maine students pursuing careers in culinary sciences or hospitality. 239 Maine students have been awarded over $146000 in the past 27 years. “Each year we are pleased to open up these scholarships to local students pursuing careers in hospitality” said Dugal. “Tourism remains an important and vital economic driver for the state and offers Maine residents a broad range of good career opportunities. It is important to encourage the development of job skills necessary to support and grow the industry.” Applications must be postmarked before April 6 2012 and will be 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 is encouraged to apply for a scholarship award ranging from $500 to $2000. Family members of active or allied members or their employees pursuing a non hospitality career may also be considered. Awards will be made based on scholarship merit employment history financial need extracurricular activities and desire to work in hospitality. For more information please call the Maine Innkeepers Association at 207-865-6100 or email info@maineinns.com. 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 www.maineinns.com