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SHRM Foundation Scholarships- for HR Professionals

    3/26/2014

Certification Scholarships

Individual SHRM members may apply for this $750 award to support their pursuit of professional certification. Funds may be used for any combination of test preparation-such as SHRM Certification Preparation tools: SHRM Learning System and exam fees. In addition, SHRM chapters and state councils may apply for an award to support their certification preparation programs. Each scholarship is a one-time award; however previous applicants and past scholarship recipients are eligible to re-apply. Certification scholarships are awarded annually.

Who is Eligible

To be considered for this scholarship:

Individuals

  • You must have a current SHRM membership as of July 15, 2014. SHRM student members are not eligible for this program. (View scholarships for SHRM student members.)
  • You must be preparing to sit for professional HR certification. Members who have already taken a certification exam in the 2014 calendar year are also eligible to apply. 
  • Employees or board members of SHRM or the SHRM Foundation or other SHRM affiliate (not including chapters), and members of their immediate family are not eligible to apply for SHRM Foundation grants, awards or scholarships.

Chapters/State Councils

  • You must be applying on behalf of a SHRM chapter or state council in good standing. A SHRM member with a valid ID should complete the online application form.
  • Your chapter/state must be conducting or planning to conduct a certification preparation program or some other type of broad effort to promote professional HR certification.
  • Foundation scholarship funds may not be used to directly fund a state or chapter scholarship program.

How to Apply

To apply for this scholarship, just complete and submit the online application using the link at the end of this section.

Individuals
The application includes contact information and a series of short answer questions about your volunteer experience and your career aspirations. You will also be asked to upload a current resume that includes your SHRM/SHRM Foundation volunteer experience, and one letter of reference. Reference letters should be addressed to the “SHRM Foundation Scholarship Review Committee” and should provide insight into your character, career and volunteer accomplishments, work ethic, values and need for the scholarship.

Chapter/State Council Applicants
The application will ask you provide contact information, and then describe the certification program for which you are seeking funding, current results for established programs, or anticipated results for new programs, the program budget and funding, as well as any awards and honors received by the chapter or state council.

Selection Criteria

Individuals
Scholarship recipients will be selected on the strength of their work experience and their commitment to a career in human resources. Scholarship applications are reviewed and scored by groups of SHRM volunteers based on the following criteria. All decisions are final.

  • 40% Work experience/progression (HR involvement & future career plans)
  • 40% Volunteer activity (SHRM experience preferred, but not required)
  • 20% Financial need

Chapters/State Councils

  • 50% Plan for use of funds: program depth, reach and impact.
  • 30% Financial need.
  • 20% Matching funds available.

Volunteer judging committees are formed in each of the five SHRM domestic regions to review the scholarship applications. Each region will award sixteen certification scholarships and four academic scholarships to members in their states, so applicants are competing only with other applicants in their own region.

Applicants selected for an award will be required to provide a Social Security number or tax ID prior to receiving their scholarship.

Timeline

Applications must be completed and submitted online by July 15, 2014. All applicants will be notified of the scholarship results by October 15. Scholarship checks will be distributed by the end of the year, after receipt of tax ID.

Academic Scholarships

Individual SHRM members may apply for this $2,000 award to support their pursuit of a graduate or undergraduate college degree. Funds may be used for any combination of tuition, books or other course-related fees. Each scholarship is a one-time award; however previous applicants and past scholarship recipients are eligible to re-apply. Twenty academic scholarships are awarded annually.

Who is Eligible
To be considered for these scholarships:

  • You must have a current SHRM membership as of July 15, 2014. SHRM student members are not eligible for this program. (View scholarships for SHRM student members.)
  • You must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program pursuing an undergraduate, masters or doctorate degree in an HR-related field (includes business, psychology, organizational development, etc.) through an accredited institution of higher learning. Full-time, part-time, online and distance learning programs are acceptable. Scholarships are for college degree programs only, and may not be used to attend professional development seminars.
  • You must be accepted and ready to begin your studies within six months following notification of the award. Scholarship recipients will be required to provide evidence of acceptance or enrollment in an HR-related program of study in order to claim their award. Applicants who have already completed their studies are not eligible for this award and may not apply for a scholarship to cover past expenses.

Each scholarship is a one-time award; however previous applicants and past scholarship recipients are eligible to re-apply.

Employees or board members of SHRM or the SHRM Foundation and members of their immediate family are not eligible to apply for SHRM Foundation grants, awards or scholarships.

How to Apply

To apply for this scholarship, just complete and submit the online application using the link at the end of this page. It includes contact information and a series of short answer questions about your volunteer experience and your career aspirations. You will also be asked to upload a current resume that includes your SHRM/SHRM Foundation volunteer experience, and two letters of references.

Reference letters should be addressed to the “SHRM Foundation Scholarship Review Committee” and should provide insight into your character, career and volunteer accomplishments, work ethic, values and need for the scholarship.

Selection Criteria

Scholarship recipients will be selected primarily on merit. Scholarship applications are reviewed and scored by groups of SHRM volunteers based on the following criteria. All decisions are final.

  • 50% Work experience/progression (HR involvement & future career plans)
  • 30% Volunteer activity (SHRM experience preferred, but not required)
  • 20% Financial need

Volunteer judging committees are formed in each of the five SHRM domestic regions to review the scholarship applications. Each region will award certification scholarships and academic scholarships to members in their states, so applicants are competing only with other applicants in their own region.

Applicants selected for an award will be required to provide a Social Security number or tax ID and evidence of acceptance or enrollment in a degree program prior to receiving their scholarship.

Timeline

Applications must be completed and submitted online by July 15, 2014. All applicants will be notified of the scholarship results by October 15. Scholarship checks will be distributed by the end of the year, after receipt of tax ID and enrollment verification.

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