Nov. 1 Deadline to Apply for SHRM Foundation Scholarships

By SHRM Online staff Oct 10, 2014

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation is awarding 14 scholarships totaling more than $25,000 to undergraduate and graduate students who are SHRM student members. Nov. 1, 2014, is the application deadline.

Fourteen scholarships will be given—five $2,500 Undergraduate Education Awards, one $2,500 Lisa Burke Award, two $5,000 Graduate Education Awards, and six $200 Assurance of Learning Assessment Awards.

Students who apply for the Undergraduate Education scholarship automatically have their submission considered for the Lisa Burke Award, named for a former associate professor at Louisiana State University, Shreveport, who served as a student chapter advisor. The award was created when one of her former students, who wished to remain anonymous, donated money for the scholarship in her honor. Burke, now Burke-Smalley, Ph.D., SPHR, currently is a full professor at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.

Students may apply for the Assurance of Learning Assessment Award in addition to the applicable undergraduate or graduate scholarship.

Applicants must be SHRM student members with a valid SHRM identification number as of Nov. 1 to be eligible for a scholarship. Winners will be selected primarily on merit. Undergraduates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale and have completed at least one human resources management course or be currently enrolled in an HR management course.

Graduate students must be enrolled in a master’s degree program and clearly pursuing study that has an emphasis on HR or an HR-related program such as business, psychology or labor relations. Applicants must have completed a minimum of six hours of graduate course work and have at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4-point scale.

Undergraduate and graduate students applying for an academic scholarship will be judged on the following:

*SHRM student chapter involvement and/or commitment to the HR profession: 35 percent.
*Academic achievement: 30 percent.
*Additional leadership and service activities/work experience: 25 percent.
*Financial need: 10 percent.

Applicants for the Assurance of Learning Assessment Award must have taken the assessment during 2014 or have already registered to take the exam in 2014. Additionally, the judging committee will evaluate submissions on commitment to the HR profession and future career plans in HR (50 percent), involvement in the SHRM student chapter or commitment to the HR profession (40 percent), and financial need (10 percent).

Applicants will be notified of results by Dec. 31. Students who are members of SHRM local chapters but are not national members are not eligible to apply. Visit the Foundation’s website for more information about submitting an application.


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