The Club Foundation Names Five Joe Perdue Scholarship Recipients


Alexandria, VA – July 14, 2015 – The Club Foundation is pleased to announce the five recipients of the 2015 Joe Perdue Scholarship:

  • Sarah Wendee, California Polytechnic State University
  • Julie Fewer, Niagara University
  • Kaitlyn Ellis, Kansas State University
  • Patrick Sears, University of Delaware
  • Amanda Tidwell, Niagara University

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 Managers 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.     

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 four CMAA student chapters from across the country.

Since its inception in 1988, The Club Foundation has awarded 182 student scholarships totaling more than $330,000. Many past recipients are now working in management positions at clubs and serve as leaders in the industry. 

Seth Gregg, COO, The Club Foundation, shares "The Club Foundation commends these individuals for their demonstration of excellence and commitment. The Club Foundation provides these scholarships through the continued generosity and support of CMAA's members, chapters and Corporate Alliance Partners."

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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