The Club Foundation Names 10 Joe Perdue Scholars


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The Club Foundation Names 10 Joe Perdue Scholars

Kyle Jennings

Alexandria, VA – August 25, 2020 – The Club Foundation is pleased to announce the ten student recipients of the 2020 Joe Perdue Scholarship:

  • Gabriel Castro, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • Quinton Darling, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Morrisville, PA
  • Irina Grigorian, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Chino Hills, CA
  • Hannah Kemp, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Peabody, MA
  • Christian Milano, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Howell, NJ
  • Alana Milazzo, Johnson & Wales University - Providence, Mahopac, NY
  • Gabriella Ortiz, Niagara University, Youngstown, NY
  • Annah Santarosa, University of New Hampshire, Youngstown, NY
  • Nilufar Umarova, University of Wisconsin – Stout, Menomonie, WI
  • Tyler Zust, Ohio University, Hilliard, OH 

The Joe Perdue Scholarship provides tuition support to students who are pursuing careers in club management. Any individual who is actively seeking a managerial career in the club industry and is currently attending an accredited, four-year college or university undergraduate program may apply to The Club Foundation for scholarship aid. This year’s recipients represent nine CMAA student chapters from across the country.

The scholarship was established in 1988 to honor Joe Perdue, CCM, CHE, the club industry’s leading hospitality educator. From 1986 to 2015, Joe Perdue served as Academic Advisor for the Club Management Association of America (CMAA). Responsible for the initial development of CMAA’s Business Management Institute (BMI), Joe coordinated more than 300 weeklong BMI programs for more than 10,000 managers. Beyond the US, he developed professional education programs in China, South Africa, Europe, and Canada.

Donations to The Club Foundation are essential to the continued success of the club industry and support club management professionals at every stage of their career. Since 1988, The Club Foundation has awarded more than $8 million in scholarships and grants to provide individuals with professional development opportunities, education and research, and essential training. Continue the tradition of giving back and help create the legacy of the future for our profession by donating now.

About The Club Foundation
The Club Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established by CMAA in 1988. The Foundation seeks to fund the life cycle of a club manager’s career, providing financial support for five key areas: students, faculty, club managers, CMAA chapters and the club industry at large. It supports the advancement of club management professionals, funding industry education programs through scholarships and grants. Learn more at

About CMAA
Founded in 1927, the Club Management Association of America (CMAA) is the largest professional association for managers of membership clubs with 6,800 members throughout the US and internationally. Our members contribute to the success of more than 2,500 country, golf, athletic, city, faculty, military, town, and yacht clubs. The objectives of the Association are to promote relationships between club management professionals and other similar professions; to encourage the education and advancement of members; and to provide the resources needed for efficient and successful club operations. Under the covenants of professionalism, education, leadership, and community, CMAA continues to extend its reach as the leader in the club management practice. CMAA is headquartered in Alexandria, VA, with 42 professional chapters and more than 40 student chapters and colonies. Learn more at