2017 Institute Scholarship Recipients

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) announced the recipients of two scholarships to attend The IHRSA Institute, August 1-4, 2017, at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.  

  • The John McCarthy Merit Scholarship has been awarded to Melinda Tempest, Owner of Ballarat Body & Soul Health & Fitness Studio in Ballarat, Australia.   
  • The Curt & Jane Beusman Scholarship has been awarded to Matthew Wright, Senior Director of Fitness for Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness in Glastonbury, CT.

The John McCarthy Merit Scholarship, named for IHRSA’s first executive director, and The Curt & Jane Beusman Institute Scholarship, named for two of IHRSA’s most passionate founders, are awarded to individuals who demonstrate a passion for, and absolute commitment to, the health club industry's future and leadership skills in club operations, sales, or service.

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, meals, and a travel stipend.

Tempest, who opened her club in 2003, has succeeded in keeping it among the top three in a community where competition has grown from 10 facilities to 70 facilities. Her application reflected her genuine love of the industry and of positively impacting lives, and a superior level of dedication to her staff and clients.

During his time at Healthtrax, Wright has opened three new facilities and rebuilt the company’s fitness program. His commitment to the industry, passion for learning, and for sharing his knowledge has fueled Wright’s success.

The recipients were selected by a judging panel of highly experienced and dedicated industry professionals. The panel included:


  • Rick Caro, President, Management Vision, Inc.
  • Bill McBride, Co-Founder, President & CEO, Active Wellness and President & CEO, BMC3
  • Michele Melkerson-Granryd, General Manager, BB Fitness Studios
  • Bud Rockhill, Owner, CW Strategic Advisors

The IHRSA Awards Program seeks to "recognize, celebrate, and inspire." For more information about IHRSA's annual industry awards and scholarships, including prior recipients, please visit ihrsa.org/awards.


The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. IHRSA and its members are dedicated to making the world healthier through regular exercise and activity promotion. IHRSA's events provide a vast array of speakers on business and corporate culture, instructional sessions on all aspects of succeeding in the health club industry, social events to mix and mingle with peers, and the most spectacular trade shows in the industry. 

About The IHRSA Institute

Featuring a faculty of industry experts and UNC professors, The IHRSA Institute provides a strong base for anyone working in the fitness industry. The curriculum includes classes on subjects such as Strategic Planning; Innovation; Financial Management; Staff Hiring, Training & Retention; Social Media & Digital Strategies; Member Experience & Engagement; and more. Over 85 attendees, faculty and sponsor personnel are expected to attend this premier event for learning and networking for club professionals.

Those interested in learning more about The John McCarthy Merit Scholarship and The Curt & Jane Beusman Institute Scholarship and how scholarship donations can be made are encouraged to visit ihrsa.org/institute-scholarship. For more information about The IHRSA Institute, and to register by June 20 for the best rate, visit ihrsa.org/institute.

The IHRSA Institute is sponsored by ABC Financial, American Council on Exercise, Core Health & Fitness, MYZONE, and Power Systems.