Human Resource Professional Wins Premier $10,000 Fellowship

Nov 19, 2010

University of Pennsylvania graduate student awarded SHRM’s Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship

Alexandria, Va. – Human resource professional Margaret Linnehan, PHR, today won the second annual Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship for graduate study, a $10,000 a year graduate-level award given by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to develop the next generation of HR leaders.

Named after former SHRM President and CEO Susan R. Meisinger, SPHR,the fellowship awards HR professionals who have demonstrated leadership in human resources, significant HR work experience, community involvement and undergraduate achievement. The Fellowship is endowed by SHRM, the HR Certification Institute, and the SHRM Foundation.

SHRM announced the winner during its Leadership Conference held Nov. 18 − 20 in Arlington, Va.

“The Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship winner should be someone with a combination of HR work experience and a desire to develop into a true leader. Margaret Linnehan fits the role perfectly,” said Henry G. Jackson, SHRM's interim president and chief executive officer.

Linnehan is studying for a master’s degree in organizational dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania while working as a human resource specialist at the Simkar Corporation in Philadelphia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Gwynedd-Mercy College. Her HR experience includes roles at Johnson & Johnson and Blommer Chocolate. She is from Cherry Hill, N.J.

"Being awarded the Susan A. Meisinger Fellowship is one of the most exciting moments of my life,” said Linnehan. “I feel honored to be chosen and excited over all the opportunity that this award represents."

To qualify for the Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship, an HR professional must:

  • Be a SHRM member;
  • Have a minimum of 10 years work experience, five of which are in HR;
  • Be accepted into a qualified master’s program;
  • Have earned a minimum grade-point average of at least 3.5 out of a four-point grading scale; and
  • Must carry professional certification from the HR Certification Institute.

Each year at least one new fellowship totaling a maximum of $10,000 is awarded to a first-time master’s degree student working toward a degree in human resources. Each fellowship may be renewed for one year, for a total of two years and a maximum of $20,000.

About the Society for Human Resource Management

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM Online at Follow us on Twitter.


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