SMA Foundation

In 2006, the SMA 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 a 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.

The mission of the SMA Foundation is simple: 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 2018 Scholarship Application Deadline has Passed
Please check back in February of 2019 to submit an application for a Student Scholarship.

The SMA Foundation 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.

There are a total of three scholarships awarded each year:

1. The Ron Labinski SMA Foundation Sports Scholarship – 1 awarded each year
2. Stadium Managers Association Foundation Scholarship – 2 awarded each year

Requirements to Apply:

  1. Completed a minimum of 2 years of study or be classified as a junior
  2. Full time status for the entire scholarship year
  3. Actively engaged in community service
  4. Stadium related work experience

February – Scholarship applications become available
April – Applications due
June – Selected recipients are notified 

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.

Click here to learn more about Ron Labinski