SHRM Foundation Launches New Scholarship

By SHRM Online staff Dec 5, 2016

The SHRM Foundation will introduce a $10,000 scholarship in 2017, announced SHRM Foundation board chairman Tom Darrow, SHRM-SCP, during the recent Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Volunteer Leaders’ Summit in Washington, D.C.

April 10 is the deadline for the academic scholarship that is being funded by the Foundation’s Give50 Club. It will be awarded to an HR professional who has faced a personal or professional roadblock and used that opportunity to propel his or her career forward. The scholarship is open to students pursing undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degrees.

The Foundation created the Give50 Club to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2016. To join the Give50 Club, donate $50 or more to the SHRM Foundation before the end of 2016. Club members will be invited to view video scholarship applications and vote for their favorite, be the first to be notified about the scholarship application window and inaugural winner, and will have their names listed on the SHRM Foundation’s 50th anniversary website. The application window for the Give50 academic scholarship will open in 2017. More information is available here.

The Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship is the only other $10,000 academic initiative that the Foundation awards. The Meisinger Fellowship, named in honor of the former SHRM president and CEO, is renewable for two total years of graduate study for a maximum of $20,000. It is not open to doctoral students. Jennifer Duncan is the 2016 Meisinger Fellow.

The Foundation will award 228 scholarships by the end of 2016 for undergraduate and graduate academic studies, SHRM professional certification, and professional development at SHRM conferences. In 2017, the number of awards will increase to 314, a 27 percent increase in a single year.


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