The SMASM Foundation was created to provide annual scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled in an accredited sport administration/management program. This scholarship program strives to provide an opportunity for outstanding students enrolled in sports administration programs, with an emphasis on facility and/or event management to learn more about the profession through networking with leaders in the field in an educational, and informal setting.


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2016-2017 Scholarship Recipients:

Scott Burk

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Scott Burk was born in Pocatello Idaho and later moved to a suburb of Salt Lake City Utah. He worked for the University of Utah during his younger years and always looked up to his Father as an industry hero while helping out with events at Rice Eccles Stadium where the Utah Utes Football program hails from.  Scott graduated from Dixie State University in 2014 and accepted a job as the Guest Services Manager for UNLV's Thomas and Mack Center and Sam Boyd Stadium.


Shane Cummings

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Shane Cummings was born and raised in Boca Raton, FL and left home to attend Florida State University where he received his undergraduate degree in Business Management and Sport Management.  After taking a year off, Shane returned to school in his hometown and is currently pursuing his M.B.A. in Sport Management degree at Florida Atlantic University.  He has worked for the Athletic Department before switching over to his current role with Florida Atlantic Sports Properties.


McKenzie Popatak


McKenzie is currently a student at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania pursing a Bachelor's degree in Sport Management.  She previously worked at the Pittsburgh Steeler's Ticket Office where she hosted season ticket holder meetings and seat visitations on game day. She organized over 150 fans every game for the Terrible Towel Unfurl. McKenzie has accumulated over 600 volunteer and practical experience hours since the fall of 2013.


2015-2016 Scholarship Recipients:

Rachel Garrity

RachelGarrityRachel Garrity grew up in rural Connecticut before starting at Elon University in North Carolina in 2012. At Elon, she studies Sport and Event Management and is spending the summer before her senior year interning in the event office of a vacation resort in her hometown. There, she helps oversee a 300-acre facility, which includes a waterfront, adventure activities, and hiking and biking trails, and serves as a campsite, corporate retreat, and wedding venue. After her May 1026 graduation, Rachel hopes to continue her passion for event planning and facility management.


Karissa Pendleton

kpendletonKarissa Pendleton was raised in Tallahassee, FL and chose to stay close to home to be a Florida State Seminole. My passion for sports started at a young age. My goal is to work for a professional baseball or football team in the future. I started interning at the Athletics Department at FSU my freshman year in Sports Information and my sophomore year in Sports Marketing.  I then spent my junior year interning in Events and Facilities. I followed my passion to St. Petersburg where I am now interning with the Tampa Bay Rays in Stadium Operation. I plan to use this scholarship to further my education and opportunities while I finish my senior year.


Caroline Roche


Caroline Roche has always wanted to find a job in which she would enjoy her work and face new challenges every day. As a sophomore, with one year of working at the Masters Tournament under her belt and another soon to follow she is very involved in the industry. During her second year in school I began to study the important aspects of Sport Management as well as the basics for running a business. On May 1st  she started a communications internship at the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center inside the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. This fall my goal will be to work at other international horse events such as the World Equestrian Games in Montreal, the Longines Global Champion Tour which includes 15 competitions over 13 countries, or even the 2016 Summer Olympics.


2014-2015 Scholarship Recipients:

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David Neder lives in Tuscaloosa, AL while attending the University of Alabama in Sports Management. After doing his undergraduate work at the University of Georgia David worked for the YMCA, but his goal to work in intercollegiate athletics was still at the forefront of his mind. He now has an internship position with the Athletic Department’s Event Management team. David knows this scholarship will allow him to continue to focus on his education, both in the classroom and as an intern by providing him with the financial aid to help him focus on his career goals.


MerylHershfieldMeryl Hershfield

Meryl Hershfield hails from Vancouver Canada and sports have been a passion of hers since she was a very young child. One of her goals growing up was to play NCAA Division 1 soccer.  She achieved this by receiving a full athletic and academic scholarship at New Jersey Institute of Technology and graduated in May 2013 with a BS degree in Business.  Meryl is now a graduate student at Florida Atlantic University in the MBA-Sports Management program, and is currently an operations intern for the Florida Panthers and the BB&T Center.


2013-2014 Scholarship Recipients:
Kathryn Regaisis – University of New Haven
Blair Long – University of North Carolina – Pembroke

2012-2013 Scholarship Recipients:
Rachel Coleman, University of Delaware - Undergraduate Student (Senior)
Philip Costa, UCS - Graduate Student
Scott Yogodzinski, Gonzaga University - Graduate Student

2011-2012 Scholarship Recipients:
Daniel R. Mullens, Chowan University - Undergraduate Student (Junior)
LaShae Ingram, San Jose State University - Undergraduate Student (Senior)

2010 - 2011 Scholarship Recipient
Stephen Tucci, Slippery Rock University - Undergraduate Student (Junior)

2009 - 2010 Scholarship Recipients
Richard Glasgow, University of Florida - Graduate Student

2008 - 2009 Scholarship Recipients
Laura Bradstreet, University of South Carolina - Graduate Student
Markeisha Everett, West Virginia University - Graduate Student
Richard Glasgow, University of Florida - Graduate Student

2007 - 2008 Scholarship Recipients
Jennifer Miller, Slippery Rock University - Graduate Student
Shauna Bookal, West Virginia University - Graduate Student

2006 - 2007 Scholarship Recipients
Cherai Frazier, West Virginia University - Graduate Student
David Salati, American University in D.C. - Graduate Student