SMA Foundation and
Student Scholarship



In 2006, the SMASM Board of Directors approved the formation of a scholarship program. In response to that change, the Stadium Managers Scholarship Foundation (SMSF) was created to provide annual scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled in an accredited sport administration / management program. The Internal Revenue Service has determined the Foundation to be qualified as a 501 (c) (3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code and it qualifies for tax-exempt donations




Mission Statement

Provide tuition assistance for educational purposes, special projects and programs that will facilitate the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in the field of stadium management and related fields.



The Ron Labinski SMA Foundation Sports Scholarship

The Stadium Managers Association and Foundation want to recognize Ron Labinski’s influence on the sports industry and his lasting contributions to stadium design. Ron is considered the forefather of the sports architecture industry, and continues to stay active as a mentor to many professionals and students.

With a career spanning more than 40 years, Labinski introduced many revolutionary concepts to the sports business market. He developed the concept of club seating in the 1970s – a concept now standard in sports facility design.

Ron’s legacy thrives in the stadiums he designed, and our goal is to recognize his additional contributions to the industry with a yearly tuition scholarship in his name.

This scholarship is for college students majoring in sport business, administration, and management degree programs. Click here for more information on how to apply.