Scholarships Available Through The Club Foundation


The Club Foundation aims to provide funding for professional development opportunities throughout the life cycle of a club manager's career, beginning at the university level and continuing on through the executive level. Since inception in 1988, more than $5.5 million has been distributed back into the club industry by way of The Club Foundation’s Scholarship and Grant Program. Through the program, 220 recipients have been awarded nearly $500,000 in funding towards their education thus far. The Club Foundation strives to continue to promote the professional development of club managers far into the future. For more information on these scholarships and how to apply, please visit or e-mail

Willmoore H. Kendall Scholarship

Named in honor of CMAA Past President, Bill Kendall, this scholarship provides support for assistant club managers that are pursuing the Certified Club Manager (CCM) designation. Recipients receive the tuition costs to attend each of the Business Management Institute (BMI) courses required for certification eligibility, including the Certification Review Course and the exam fees. Since 2002, 44 managers have been awarded a Kendall Scholarship. Of those, 21 have already received their CCM and another 15 are still actively working towards that achievement. To date, nearly $150,000 has been funded through the Kendall scholarships.
LaRocca Family Executive Scholarship

Created in 2011 with the help of a generous donation from the LaRocca Family, this scholarship promotes those that are committed to lifelong learning as well as mentoring future leaders. Recipients of the LaRocca Scholarship receive tuition and up to $1,000 in travel expenses to attend their choice of an executive level BMI course. Additionally, a second component of the scholarship provides them with funds for an individual that they are mentoring to be used for either CMAA dues (both National and Chapter level) or to attend a CMAA World Conference or a Leadership/Legislative Conference and up to $1,000 in travel expenses. To date, there have been three recipients.

Sally Burns Rambo Scholarship
The newest scholarship, created in honor of a pioneer who paved the way for countless future industry leaders, the Sally Burns Rambo Scholarship assists female club managers in their pursuit of continuing education. Recipients of the Sally Burns Rambo Scholarship receive the tuition costs and up to $1,000 in travel expenses to attend their choice of one of the BMI programs. Five scholarships were awarded in the 2012 inaugural year, totaling nearly $20,000.

James B. Singerling Scholarship

This scholarship was created in honor of CMAA's long-time CEO, Jim Singerling, CCM, upon his retirement after 25 years of leadership. The purpose of this scholarship is to reward those CMAA members who make a difference in their community, club and/or chapter by making it possible for them to attend the CMAA World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo when they would not otherwise be able to attend.