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SMA Scholarship 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.

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2018 Recipients

Kimberly Schabowski
Kimberly SchabowskiMichigan State University
Christian Seidler
Christian SeidlerUniversity of Minnesota
Nicole Walen
Nicole WalenMissouri Baptist University

Scholarship Information

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

Who is Ron Labinski?

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

I was honored to receive a Stadium Managers Association scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year. While this scholarship eased some of my financial worries for school, it also opened up many doors for within the sport industry. From this scholarship, I gained a one-year membership to SMA! This membership allowed me to have full access to all the great members, both stadium managers and sponsors, who are able to share their knowledge and experiences in the industry with me. Due to this scholarship, I was also more apt to apply for the internship program through SMA. I was selected as one of six interns who were able to attend the annual seminar and learn from these wonderful professionals.

Past Scholarship Recipients

2017

MacKenzie King - Slippery Rock University
Jessica LaRoussa - Syracuse University
Keelee Armor - James Madison University

2016

Scott Burk - Dixie State University
Shane Cummings - Flroida State University
McKenzie Popatak - Slippery Rock University

2015

Rachel Garrity - Elon University
Karissa Pendleton - Florida State University
Caroline Roche - University of South Carolina

2014

David Neder - University of Alabama
Meryl Hershfield - Florida Atlantic University

2013

Kathy Regaisis - University of New Haven
Blair Long - University of North Carolina - Pembroke

2012

Rachel Coleman - University of Delaware
Philip Costa - Graduate Student
Scott Yogodzinski - Gonzaga University

2011

Daniel R. Mullens - Chowan University
LaShae Ingram - San Jose University

2010

Stephen Tucci - Slippery Rock University

2009

Richard Glasgow - University of Florida

2008

Laura Bradstreet - University of South Carolina
Markeisha Everett - West Virginia University
Richard Glasgow - University of Florida

2007

Jennifer Miller - Slippery Rock University
Shauna Bookal - West Virginia University

2006

Cherai Frazier - West Virginia University
David Salati - American University in D.C.