The Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation awarded several students with hospitality scholarships at the sixth annual Tees & Textbooks event June 21 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, said Greg Dugal, executive director of MEIA. The scholarships were awarded after a cocktail dinner reception followed by the 16th annual Maine Innkeepers Association Hospitality Golf classic the next day at the Samoset Resort.

Named scholarships totaling $9,200 were awarded in a range from $500 to $2,500. More than $134,000 has been awarded to 230 students since The Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation was created in 1984 to inspire and support Maine students pursuing careers in hospitality. Awards may also be made to members’ employees or their children, or children of member innkeepers. The recipients from Waldo County for 2010 were as follows:

Haley Warner of Northport was awarded the Charles Samelson scholarship. Warner is attending Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where she is working toward a degree in nursing. She grew up in a hospitality environment as the child of innkeepers, who were members of the Maine Innkeepers Association, and owners of the popular Dos Amigos Restaurant in Northport.

The $1,000 scholarship awarded to Warner is named for Charles Samelson, a supplier of home furnishings to the hospitality industry, and sponsored by Dirigo Stitching and Harry Samelson.

Wade Wakefield of Unity was presented with the Ed & Fay Carpenter scholarship. Wakefield is currently a student at Thomas College in Waterville. He has been employed by the Holiday Inn Waterville and has been responsible for many front office tasks, including night audit. He is pursuing his education in hospitality management and hopes one day to become a Maine innkeeper.

The $1,000 scholarship was named for Ed & Fay Carpenter, former owners of the Rangeley Inn and the Meredith Inn in New Hampshire. The award was sponsored by Tom Hildreth of Carabasset Coffee and friends and family members of Ed & Fay Carpenter.

Belinda Place of Morrill was presented with the Larry Mahaney scholarship. Place is also currently attending Thomas College. She has expressed the desire to work in hospitality since she was a child. She was inspired by her aunt, who owns and operates Macannamac Camps in northern Maine. Place is studying hotel management and hopes to be a hotel manager in the future.

The $500 scholarship was named for Larry Mahaney, founder of the Erin Corporation,and sponsored by the Holiday Inn in Waterville.

“We are pleased to offer scholarships to encourage these exceptional Maine students, and hope the awards will inspire some to pursue careers in hospitality, “said Dugal.

“As tourism is the largest industry in the state, it is vital that we support and help educate the next generation.”

Scholarship awards are made to Maine students enrolled at fully accredited schools with specialties in culinary arts or hotel administration, including hospitality schools in the state university system, private universities or colleges, and Maine community colleges. Scholarships are awarded after review by a committee that considers scholastic records, financial need, extracurricular activities and a desire to work in hospitality. Non-hospitality awards may be available to employees, their families or family members of innkeepers.