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About The Institute Scholarships

Each year, IHRSA offers two full scholarships to attend The IHRSA Institute named in honor of John McCarthy and Curt & Jane Beusman. Each scholarship has a value of more than $3,000 and includes a full registration to The Institute, program materials and handouts, social and networking events, lodging and meals, as well as a $500 travel stipend. Qualified candidates should be able to demonstrate their passion for, and absolute commitment to, the health club industry's future and their service, sales, and leadership skills.  

The Inspiration for the Scholarships


The John McCarthy Scholarship

As IHRSA’s executive director for 25 years, John McCarthy always sought a better way to do things — at IHRSA and for the industry as a whole. The Institute was an important event for John because it was a way to give back and help grow the best and brightest in the industry. With that in mind, creating a scholarship to The Institute seemed a fitting way to honor John upon his retirement in 2006.


The Curt & Jane Beusman Scholarship

Curt & Jane Beusman were among the early founders and supporters of IHRSA and were passionate and deeply involved with the health club industry. Their willingness to support the growth of the industry and give back have greatly contributed to the success of IHRSA and numerous club operations throughout the world.

 Donate Now

Donations to the Scholarship Funds can be mailed to IHRSA.


IHRSA Institute Scholarship Fund


70 Fargo Street, Boston, MA 02210


Checks should be made out to IHRSA. Please indicate the specific scholarship on the check memo. 

*Contributions and gifts to the Institute scholarships are not deductible as a charitable contribution for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

“Receiving the John McCarthy Scholarship to attend the Institute was a great opportunity to broaden the lens and view my day-to-day operations on a larger scale. New to the General Manager role, it gave me a great foundation, many actionable items I could begin implementing at my club right away, and an amazing network of people who have continued to support me along my journey."

— Azeza Tesserau, Wellbridge Athletic Club


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Our educational events provide an array of speakers on business and strategy, instructional sessions for management success, peer-to-peer networking opportunities, and spectacular trade shows. Learn more about upcoming events. 


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