SHRM, the SHRM Foundation and the HR Certification Institute have endowed a named fellowship to honor SHRM’s retiring president and CEO.
The Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship will provide financial support to outstanding HR professionals for graduate study. Meisinger, SPHR, is retiring at the end of June.
The program, which is scheduled to begin in 2009, will grant at least one new fellowship each year, with an award of up to $10,000 annually for as long as two years. Officials of the three organizations said the purpose of the fellowship is to assist highly talented HR professionals in pursuing a graduate degree in business and human resources.
“One of the many marks Sue has made on SHRM and our profession has been her passion for preparing tomorrow’s HR leaders through rigorous study and experiential learning,” said Janet N. Parker, SPHR, chair of the SHRM Board of Directors. “This fellowship honors her commitment to education by helping prepare the next generation of HR’s best and brightest.”
The Meisinger Fellowship is intended for HR professionals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in their profession and who are on track to becoming pioneers in the field. Candidates must be SHRM members and either be accepted to or enrolled in good academic standing in a MBA, MS or MA program with a concentration in human resources. Preference will be given to students who are degree candidates at universities that SHRM has identified as following the HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.
The stipend awarded to a fellow must be renewed each year, with renewal contingent upon academic progress of the student. Payments will be applied to tuition, required fees, books, and room and board.
Officials of SHRM, the Foundation, and the Institute said details and deadlines for applying for the Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship will be developed by all three entities and will be announced in the coming months.
Meanwhile, Meisinger has also been honored by the state of Oklahoma for her service to the HR community. Gov. Brad Henry has proclaimed June 25, 2008, as “Susan R. Meisinger Day” in recognition of her contributions to the HR profession. Meisinger has visited Oklahoma numerous times to speak to SHRM chapters and participate in conferences, the proclamation notes.