FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Rauni Kew 207 602-8500 Greg Dugal President/CEO Maine Innkeepers Association rkew@innbythesea.com (207) 213-2060 Shannon Hand of Brewer Maine Accepted a Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation Scholarship Augusta ME –August 5 2015–Shannon Hand of Brewer was awarded a scholarship by The Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation affiliated with the Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) at the 11th annual Tees & Textbooks event held at Best Western Plus in Waterville on June 8th announced Greg Dugal President and CEO at MEIA. Hand is attending Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor Maine where she is a Restaurant and Food Service major. She will attend Husson University in the fall and plans to get her masters degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Hand accepted the Jedediah Scott Award ($1000) from Peter Daigle of Lafayette Hotels who sponsored the award. The Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation began in 1984 and is designed to offer support and encouragement to Maine students pursuing education and a career in hospitality. The program has awarded over $192000 to 260 students since inception. This year the following twelve students were presented with scholarships totally $12000. “We are very pleased to be able to offer scholarships to encourage these terrific Maine students many of whom are hoping to pursue a career in hospitality” stated Dugal. “ Hospitality and tourism is the largest industry in Maine and offers a variety of good career paths to Maine students.” 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. All contributions made by the sponsors are donations to the Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation and are tax deductible as the Foundation is a 501c3 organization. Photo: Shannon Hand (center) accepts the Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation Scholarship award from Peter Daigle (left) and Greg Goforth both of Lafayette Hotels. 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 Augusta ME and can also be found at www.maineinns.com