Southern Maine Community College announced on Monday, January 30 that Dayna and Sean Riley, of the Maine Course Hospitality Group, have created an endowment to establish the Riley Family Scholarship.
The scholarship will provide annual financial assistance and support to Southern Maine Community College hospitality management students.
Dayna and Sean Riley have spent 40 years in the hotel and restaurant industry and are currently part of the Maine Course Hospitality Group, with 24 hotels in Maine, New England, upstate New York and Florida. The Rileys were initially connected to SMCC through their son, Shamus Riley, who was in college. Sean also served as a college counselor.
“Our son has graduated from this program, as have many of our team members, going on to become a director of corporate operations,” Sean Riley said in an email. “The hospitality industry relies on programs like the Hospitality Management Program at SMCC to support our hotels and Maine’s economy. This industry has been good for our family, so helping SMCC students get into this business allows us to give back.”
“If you read the purpose of the Maine Course Hospitality Group, the first words are ‘to make a positive impact on lives.’ Riley’s and the Maine Course have built their business on the same foundation as SMCC’s core mission, improving the lives of Maine residents and their communities,” said SMCC President Joe Cassidy. “This scholarship will have a real impact on SMCC students for many years to come. There is no more meaningful way to support your community than by building people so they can positively impact their communities and improve their lives. That’s what you’re doing with this equipment.
To be eligible for the scholarship, students must demonstrate financial need, be in good academic standing, be enrolled in the hospitality management associate’s degree program, and have current or previous experience working in the hospitality industry.
Students interested in applying can contact the SMCC Foundation office at 207-741-5559 or [email protected]
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