A Guide to The Club Foundation Scholarships

The Club Foundation currently has five scholarship opportunities available to either students pursuing a career in the club industry or current club managers already building their career. Below is a quick guide to learn about what is available. Which one will you apply for?

Joe Perdue Scholarship – Due May 1

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The Joe Perdue Scholarship is for undergraduate students pursuing a managerial career in the club industry.

 Applicant eligibility requirements:

  • Undergraduate student;
  • Currently enrolled for full upcoming academic year at a 4-year institution;
  • Completed Freshman year;
  • Maintains a minimum grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, or 4.5 on a 6.0 scale.

Awards:

  • $2,500 per recipient;
  • To date, 188 recipients totaling more than $330,000.

Sally Burns Rambo Scholarship – Due September 1

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The Sally Burns Rambo Scholarship is for female club managers interested in professional development.

 Applicant eligibility requirements:

  • Female;
  • Current CMAA member;
  • Minimum three years of Professional Membership with CMAA at the application deadline.

Awards:

  • Recipient receives the tuition costs and up to $1,000 in reimbursed travel expenses to attend their choice of one Business Management Institute course.
  • To date, 13 recipients totaling more than $45,000.

James B. Singerling Scholarship – Due September 1

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The James B. Singerling Scholarship is for first-time attendees at the CMAA World Conference on Club Management.

 Applicant eligibility requirements:

  • Current CMAA member;
  • Never attended CMAA World Conference as a Professional (student attendance is okay).

Awards:

  • Recipient receives a Full Registration and up to $1,000 in reimbursed travel expenses to attend the upcoming year’s CMAA World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo.
  • To date, four recipients totaling $8,500.

Willmoore H. Kendall Scholarship – Due to the chapter for nomination by November 1, Due to CF with a chapter letter of support by December 1

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The Willmoore H. Kendall Scholarship is for assistant managers pursuing the Certified Club Manager (CCM) designation. This application requires a letter of support from a Chapter Officer.

 Applicant eligibility requirements:

  • Current CMAA member;
  • Assistant Manager;
  • Committed to a career in the club industry;
  • Actively pursuing the Certified Club Manager (CCM) designation;
  • Have at least one Business Management Institute course remaining;
  • Nominated by a CMAA chapter.

Awards:

*Note: Travel, lodging and meals expenses are the responsibility of the recipient.

  • To date, 54 recipients totaling more than $200,000 that has been paid.

Applications are due to the chapter for nomination by November 1 and to the Foundation with the chapter’s letter of support by December 1.

LaRocca Family Executive Scholarship – Due December 1

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The LaRocca Family Executive Scholarship is for seasoned industry professionals that take an active role in mentoring.

 Applicant eligibility requirements:

  • Current CMAA member;
  • 10 years of club management/supervisory experience;
  • Serves as the top executive at their club;
  • Takes an active role in mentoring.

Awards:

  • Recipients receive the tuition costs and up to $1,000 in reimbursed travel expenses to attend their choice of one elective-level BMI course. A second mentoring portion gives them funds to be used for their mentee for either CMAA dues (both national and chapter), or to attend CMAA World Conference or Leadership/Legislative Conference.
  • To date, six recipients totaling more than $25,000.

All Club Foundation Scholarship applications are evaluated and recipients are selected by the Club Foundation Allocation Committee. This committee is made up of club managers from across the country. Applications are not evaluated by Foundation staff. The number of recipients selected per scholarship each year is based on where the natural break in scoring occurs after all applications are evaluated.

Please note that the requirements and deadline dates listed above are as of 9/1/2015. From time to time, the Allocation Committee evaluates these requirements to assure that the needs of the industry are being met and makes changes where appropriate. If you have any questions regarding scholarship opportunities, please contact Nichole Rhodes.

What is the Willmoore H. Kendall Scholarship?

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If you are an assistant manager pursuing the Certified Club Manager (CCM) designation through CMAA the Willmoore H. Kendall Scholarship may be just what you need to accomplish your goal!

Named in honor of CMAA Past President, Bill Kendall, this scholarship is awarded yearly by the Club Foundation and includes the tuition fees (not including travel expenses) associated with attending all of the following programs:

Any individual wishing to apply must be:

  • A member of CMAA;
  • an assistant manager;
  • committed to a career in the club industry;
  • actively pursuing the CCM designation;
  • have at least one BMI course remaining to complete; and
  • nominated for the scholarship by their CMAA chapter.

Since 2002, 54 club industry professionals have been awarded a Kendall Scholarship to assist in the pursuit of their CCM. More than 40% of the recipients have already earned their CCM with another 45% still actively working towards that goal.

All applications are due to the chapter from which a nomination is sought by November 1. Chapters must then submit the application of those candidates who are nominated to The Club Foundation by December 1. A complete list of guidelines and the scholarship application are available online.

Please contact Nichole Rhodes with any questions at (703) 739-9500 or nichole.rhodes@clubfoundation.org.

#CFImpact Amy Shaftel: Willmoore H. Kendall Scholar

Amy Shaftel

Amy Shaftel

Amy Shaftel is a 2013 Willmoore H. Kendall Scholar, and has been working in the club industry for approximately 30 years.  She has attended BMI Club Management (formerly BMI I) and BMI Leadership Principles (formerly BMI II), and most recently used the scholarship she received to attend BMI General Manager/COO (formerly BMI III) in November 2014.  Having the tuition for these programs paid for has put her club in a position to support her continued education as she works toward achieving her Certified Club Manager (CCM) designation.

As a result of her involvement with CMAA, Shaftel was recently promoted to Assistant General Manager of the Seattle Yacht Club, and has been given more responsibility in running the club. She also says that she has more confidence in attending House, Finance, and Board Meetings.

Shaftel says the contacts she has made at the BMIs are invaluable. When she has questions, she has a variety of experienced managers to call for advice. Receiving the scholarship made her club’s management, her peers and her club members consider her expertise in a new light.

Shaftel values that The Club Foundation provides educational opportunities at all stages of careers for dedicated club managers, and describes the Foundation as “an extremely valuable resource for career advancement in the industry.”

Shaftel graduated from Oberlin College, and has a Masters in French Civilization from New York University. She attended New York Restaurant School, took hotel management classes at the New School for Social Research, and classes at La Varenne in Burgundy. She has worked at the Seattle Yacht Club since 1992, starting as the Catering Director and becoming the Assistant General Manager in 2013. She lives in Seattle with her husband, a firefighter and retired Air Force Pararescueman, and has two sons, one a freshman in college and the other an Air Force Pararescueman stationed in North Carolina.

Congratulations to the 2015 Joe Perdue Scholarship Recipients

The Club Foundation Allocation Committee was recently tasked with reviewing a record number of applications for the Joe Perdue Scholarship for students pursuing a career in the club industry. This was no easy task. The quality of applicants that we continue to receive for all of our scholarships is exceptional. I’m so thrilled to announce that the following outstanding individuals were selected as recipients for the upcoming academic year. Please join me in congratulating these future club industry stars:

Kaitlyn Ellis, Kansas State University

Kaitlyn Ellis, Kansas State University

Julie Fewer, Niagara University

Julie Fewer, Niagara University

Patrick Sears, University of Delaware

Patrick Sears, University of Delaware

Amanda Tidwell, Niagara University

Amanda Tidwell, Niagara University

Sarah Wendee, California Polytechnic State University, Pomona

Sarah Wendee, California Polytechnic State University, Pomona

Including the recipients for 2015, The Club Foundation has now awarded 182 undergraduate student scholarships totaling more than $330,000 since 1988!

Willmoore H. Kendall Scholarship

The Willmoore H. Kendall Scholarship was created by the Foundation in 2001 in memory of CMAA Past President, Bill Kendall. Valued at more than $10,000 per recipient, this scholarship helps club managers in their pursuit of the Certified Club Manager (CCM) designation. To date, 54 club managers have been awarded a Kendall Scholarship. Twenty-one of those recipients have already received their CCM and the rest are actively working toward that goal!

If you’ve thought about pursuing your CCM, let us help you! A Kendall Scholarship pays the tuition costs associated with all of the Business Management Institute (BMI) courses needed for certification eligibility:

Qualified applicants must be:

  • a member of CMAA;
  • an assistant manager;
  • committed to a career in the club industry;
  • actively pursuing the CCM designation;
  • have at least one BMI course remaining to complete; and
  • nominated for the scholarship by their CMAA chapter.

The application packet is available on our website. Completed applications are due to your chapter for a nomination by November 1. Chapters will then be required to submit the applications with a letter of support to the Foundation by December 1.  All applications are reviewed by The Club Foundation Allocation Committee and all applicants are notified of their decision in mid-January. Applications are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Management Experience (Note: internships are not calculated as part of this score);
  • CMAA Chapter and Community Activities;
  • Quality of your essay;
  • General Manager Letter of Recommendation;
  • Club Member Letter of Recommendation;
  • Overall Quality.

Let us help you achieve your career goals! Apply for a Kendall Scholarship this year!

#CFImpact: Rachel Zilka, Joe Perdue Scholar

Rachel Zilka

Rachel Zilka

Rachel Zilka is a senior at Niagara University where she plays tennis for the Purple Eagles. Currently the President of her University’s CMAA student chapter, Zilka was a 2013 and 2014 recipient of the CMAA Joe Perdue Scholarship. She used the funds to attend World Conference in Orlando for the first time and again joined CMAA in San Antonio in 2015. She described the experience as amazing, saying that she felt reenergized about the industry and going into the field after graduation.

Zilka values the network that exists within CMAA, and loves being able to meet so many people who are willing to help their fellow managers learn and grow. CMAA is unique in this way, as there is so much emphasis on sharing ideas between managers and between chapters, ensuring a constant learning curve in the industry. Zilka’s experience at the World Conference exemplified this mentality in the industry. She wants to work in a field where the people are always willing to help others while still remaining hungry to learn more.

To Zilka, the most valuable aspect of the Foundation is the funding it provides to not just college students, but anyone looking to further their career in the club management industry. “It doesn’t matter if a manager is just entering a new club or has been the GM for over a decade; the Foundation will help anyone who wants to continue to learn and develop, especially those who pass on this mentality to their coworkers.”

Zilka also values the Student Conference and educational events that go along with it. She thanks Kate Scott in particular, manager, Student Development and Career Services, for the work she does for the student chapters across the country. The Foundation is very dedicated to its students, and Rachel sees CMAA as providing a huge opportunity to start building a career and connections early in college.

To her fellow students and future managers, Zilka says: “Use the Foundation more, and do not take it for granted. Apply for those grants and scholarships.  The Foundation is here to help managers at all stages of their career, and I urge all members to take advantage of those opportunities.”

Zilka also says that she has never met another student with the network connections that she has made through CMAA, and has had an internship every summer in school through that network. She urges those students and young managers in the industry: “Put yourself and your goals out there and you will find a hand to help you out.”

#CFImpact: Alexis Hoey – Faculty Internship Program

Alexis Hoey

Alexis Hoey

Alexis Hoey began her membership with CMAA as a student member in 2001, and is now a faculty advisor for the student chapter at the University of Houston. Hoey says that the faculty internship was extremely useful to her becoming the chapter advisor, and has greatly enhanced her role in CMAA. She gained a full understanding of all of the resources CMAA provides to its chapters, from contact networks to educational materials, and says it is invaluable to have this wealth of information at your fingertips.

During the faculty internship, Hoey attended CMAA’s Leadership Legislative Conference. She says seeing the industry’s leaders from all over the country come in and talk was an amazing experience. She particularly liked hearing about students who started their CMAA interests and careers in college only to have an amazing career await them as a result of the support and connections they gained in CMAA.

Alexis describes the networks and all of the resources provided by the Club Foundation and CMAA as invaluable to the industry as a whole. In her personal career, Hoey says that the faculty internship provided resources and vital information to the student chapter. As a result, she says, Hoey is able to be a better advisor, and better educate her students. She encourages all of them to apply for scholarships and conference internships, as well as positions throughout the industry.

Hoey has been the chapter advisor for 5 years. There had been several before her, but none of them completed the faculty internship. Hoey says that through the internship, she has been able to expand the knowledge of CMAA faculty and students. Research grants have also been extremely useful, allowing for the continued education of colleagues, as well as overall awareness at the college.

Hoey is her chapter’s cheerleader and proponent of CMAA at her university. She strives to get the students as excited about it as she is, and it has been working. Hoey’s chapter has won Club of the Future awards at World Conference the past two years in various categories, and they continue to be one of the strongest student chapters in the country.