FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Rauni Kew 207-602-8500 Greg Dugal Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 Sierra Warner of Northport Awarded Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation Scholarship Freeport ME – June 19 2012 – Sierra Warner of Northport 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. Warner a student at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale Florida grew up in a hospitality environment. Her parents own both a lodging property and the very popular Dos Amigos Mexican restaurant in Northport. Warner has been very involved with the family business and has been successful as a lead cook at the restaurant. Warner was awarded a $1000 scholarship named for Charles Samelson a major supplier of textiles to the hospitality industry and sponsored by Dirigo Stitching and Harry Samelson. 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 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. 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 ###