Hannah Kemp, a senior majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management, is the recipient of a Joe Perdue scholarship, awarded by the Club Management Association of America’s (CMAA) Club Foundation. The scholarship recognizes outstanding students who pursue careers in the private club industry, which includes athletic clubs, country clubs, and similar organizations. Kemp is president of UMass Amherst’s CMAA student chapter. Under her leadership, the chapter helps its students secure internships, externships, and participation in regional, national, and international events and conferences in the private club industry.
“I am also president of HTM Ambassadors,” adds Kemp, who maintains a 4.0 grade point average. The Ambassadors are students on campus who represent the HTM department by volunteering for hospitality events and assisting with private tours and career fairs. “I’ve been employed in the hospitality industry since I was sixteen,” she says, explaining that she has held internships at country clubs in Massachusetts, Ohio, and Virginia.
“This is the second year in row that Hannah has been named for this highly competitive scholarship,” observes HTM Professor Rodney Warnick, the club’s faculty advisor. “This makes ten years in a row that a UMass HTM student has received the award.”