Ten Maine students will receive hospitality scholarships from The Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation, affiliated with the Maine Innkeepers Association, at the seventh annual Tees & Textbooks event June 20 and 21, at the Marriott Sable Oaks in South Portland, MEIA Executive Director Greg Dugal announced in a press release.

Scholarships will be presented after a 5:30 p.m. cocktail dinner reception Monday, June 20. The 17th annual Maine Innkeepers Association Hospitality Golf classic will begin at 9 a.m. at Sable Oaks Golf Course the next day.

The scholarship program, begun in 1984, was designed to inspire Maine students pursuing hospitality careers and has awarded more than $138,000 to 239 students. This year, 10 students will be presented with sponsored scholarships totaling $8,100. Out of those 10 students, two are from Waldo County:

• Belinda Place, of Morrill, attending Thomas College, Waterville, will be presented the Women in Hospitality Award ($2,500). The award is sponsored by: Nancy Gray of Harraseeket Inn, Maureen McQuade of Inn by the Sea, Kathryn Weare of Cliff House Spa & Resort, Jean Ginn Marvin of the Nonantum Resort, and Marian Burns of Mira Monte Inn & Suites.

• Sierra Warner, of Northport, attending Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will be presented with the Harold Nelson & Irving Small Award ($500). The award is sponsored by Nelson & Small, Inc.

“It is wonderful to see our industry committed to supporting these outstanding Maine students, even in challenging economic times, and we hope some will be inspired to take up careers in hospitality,“ said Dugal, in the press release. “Hospitality continues to offer strong career paths and a range of good job opportunities right here in Maine.”

Scholarship presentations will be made June 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Casco Bay Ballroom after cocktails and dinner, sponsored by New England Coffee, Turner Barker Insurance and Daigle Commercial Properties. Entertainment by Mainely Improv will follow. Tickets are available for $55 per person and all proceeds benefit the Maine Innkeeper’s Association Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity. For more information, call Julie Campbell at 865-6100 or julie@maineinns.com

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 System schools. Non-hospitality awards may also be available to employees and their families or family members of innkeepers.

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, and can also be found online at maineinns.com.