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TenHaken is recipient of Joe Perdue scholarship

August 17, 2018

Nicole TenHaken, of Watertown, is one of nine students from across the country who have received the prestigious 2018 Joe Perdue Scholarship, issued annually by the Club Managers Association of America.

TenHaken was also a recipient of this scholarship in 2017 and she is only the second individual to ever receive this esteemed award more than once.

TenHaken is entering her senior year at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, majoring in the hotel, restaurant and tourism management program. She has completed three club management internships throughout her college career. In the summer of 2016, she interned at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota where she had the opportunity to assist with The Ryder Cup. The summer of 2017 was spent at the Stock Farm Club, in the mountains of Hamilton, Montana, where she managed the entire opening of a brand new poolside restaurant. This past summer, she was awarded the opportunity to intern at the oldest country club in the United States, The Country Club, in Brookline, Massachusetts, which is a suburb of Boston.

TenHaken is involved in various activities at UW-Stout. She is a teacher’s assistant in three separate classes, vice president of The Wisconsin Badger Chapter of Club Management Association of America, and on the board of governors for Wisconsin Hotel and Lodging Association.

She said, “As a two-time recipient of the Joe Purdue Scholarship, I am beyond thankful to all the donors for making this scholarship possible. I am extremely honored to be chosen for this scholarship and for the opportunities that this award will provide me.”

TenHaken is a 2015 graduate of Watertown High School and is the daughter of Pam and Brett Korpela, Watertown, and Dan TenHaken of Hingham.

She credits her high school teacher from Watertown, Jolene Massuch, for recognizing and cultivating her talents and abilities within the culinary program, Pro-start program and also Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, which has helped her foster the characteristics that she believes will ensure her success in this industry.

The scholarship was established in 1988 to honor Joe Perdue, CCM, CHE, the club industry’s leading hospitality educator.

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