Applications Being Accepted for SHRM Foundation 2009 Graduate Scholarships

By SHRM Online staff Jun 9, 2009

Oct. 15 is the deadline to apply for the 2009 graduate awards scholarship program that is funded by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation. Four recipients will receive $5,000 each to apply to their graduate studies.

The scholarship program is open to SHRM student members with a valid SHRM ID number as of Oct. 15, 2009. Local student chapter members who are not SHRM members are not eligible.

Applications must be submitted electronically; the online application form can be found at

In addition to the completed form, applications must include a resume, two letters of reference and one page stating the applicant’s interest in HR. SHRM will notify winners before the end of 2009.

Criteria for judging applications:

·35 percent, SHRM student chapter involvement and/or commitment to the HR profession.

·30 percent, academic achievement.

·25 percent, additional leadership and service activities/work experience.

·10 percent, financial need.

Applicants for the graduate student scholarship must be enrolled in a master’s degree program and clearly pursuing an emphasis area in HR or an HR-related program, such as business, psychology or labor relations. They must have completed at least six hours of graduate course work with at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

The 2008 winners were:

·S. Austin Browne, University of Georgia.

·Lyndi L. Porter, Middle Tennessee State University.

·Jessica Lee Powers, Columbia University Teachers College.

·Jyoti Yagnik, Rutgers University.

Browne is a second-year master’s degree student who graduates in May 2009 from UGA’s College of Education department of lifelong education, administration and policy. He is specializing in HR and organizational development. After graduation he hopes to be employed as an internal or external business consultant.

At UGA, he has been serving as a project manager for a large-scale, multiyear $500,000 grant from the Wallace Foundation and the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement. The project examines succession planning and the relationship of supervision, evaluation and socialization at select school systems in Georgia.

While a student, Browne participated in nonprofit organizations, including the Adopt-a-Class program that is a local mentoring initiative.

“My mentor, an active SHRM member, has taught me that it is vitally important that we, as HR professionals, use our skills to give back to the community,” which prompted him to serve on the East Georgia Red Cross HR committee, he wrote in his scholarship application.

Porter expects to graduate in August 2009. She has received other SHRM scholarships, is a second-year master’s student studying industrial/organizational psychology and is working as a project associate at the Center for Organizational and Human Resource Effectiveness and as an HR intern at an architecture and engineering firm, according to her LinkedIn profile.

She served as president of her college’s SHRM chapter, and under her leadership membership and attendance at the monthly breakfast series increased, she said. She was a student member of two local SHRM chapters and the national organization, she wrote in her application statement.

“I am very passionate about SHRM and the possibilities it provides its members, and it has been my goal to introduce others to this great organization,” she noted. Porter aspires to work in training/organizational development.

Powers received her master’s degree in December 2008. She works as a leadership development consultant at Bank of America in the greater New York City area and as an executive coach at Jessica Powers Consulting, according to her LinkedIn profile.

While a graduate student, she gathered students interested in coaching and formed the Executive Coaching Initiative and served as the team lead. She helped organize a panel of executive coaches, which she moderated. She hosted a workshop with an executive coach and expected the coaching initiative to continue to expand after she graduated.

Yagnik expects to graduate in December 2009 with a master’s degree in HR management.

She is a student in Rutgers’ School of Management and Labor Relations. Her background includes working as a student research fellow with the Center for Human Resource Strategy, Rutgers University at Schering-Plough, a company in the pharmaceuticals industry.

She is a national and student SHRM chapter member. Yagnik served as vice president of finance and co-president for the Rutgers SHRM chapter, which has won the superior merit award the past several years. She helped plan and organize the chapter’s annual business conference.

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