Isenberg Students Net Prestigious Club Management Scholarships and Student Chapter Award
November 27, 2012
Six Isenberg Hospitality & Tourism Management (HTM) students were among the nine scholarship recipients at the New England Club Managers Association's (NECMA) annual awards ceremony on November 12 at the Winchester Country Club. NECMA is the oldest and first regional chapter of the national organization, the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) and the David Meador Scholarship Awards Ceremony was part of NECMA's Annual Meeting.
The accolades, awarded though NECMA's David Meador Foundation, included Club Management Scholarships for students seeking club management as a career path, and Hospitality Scholarships for students seeking career paths under the hospitality umbrella. Isenberg students Rebecca Wyskiel, Stephen Clapp, and Daniel Harpaz received Club Management Scholarships; Erin Schlegel, Lauren Garrone, and Andrew Stein earned Hospitality Scholarships. For Rebecca Wyskiel, the NECMA scholarship was a second honor in recent months from a professional club association: she had been named to receive the Joe Perdue National Scholarship Award through the CMAA Club Foundation. The students received in total $10,000 in scholarships of the $15,000 awarded by the David Meador Scholarship Fund.
At the awards ceremony, the UMass Student Chapter of CMAA also received an award of $2,500 for NECMA organizational support of the David Meador Scholarship Golf Tournament and the CMAA's Mid-Managers Conference held this fall in Boston. These two events raised $89,000 in support of the David Meador Scholarship Fund. The students provided important organizational and logistics support for both events. Funds raised will help students travel to the CMAA World Conference in February 2013 and bring more recognition to the chapter efforts.
The Isenberg awardees are pursuing the Club Management concentration in the HTM program that combines business coursework with hands-on immersion in the industry. That experience typically entails internships at country clubs and other private membership venues. Isenberg's student NECMA Student Chapter is one of the association's largest and most active. NECMA's more than 240 members manage 150+ clubs in New England. It has long recognized Isenberg's student accomplishments through awards and scholarships. It also works closely with Isenberg to provide students with industry experience through internships, networking, entry-level management employment and numerous hands-on hospitality and club event learning experiences.