J. J. Keller Foundation Inc. Pledges $330,000 to Underwrite SHRM Foundation Scholarship Program

Apr 14, 2009
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J. J. Keller Foundation Inc. Pledges $330,000 to Underwrite SHRM Foundation Scholarship Program

Will fund 100 scholarships annually for human resource education and certification

Alexandria, Va.The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation today announced that the Neenah, Wisconsin-based J. J. Keller Foundation Inc. has made a three-year commitment to underwrite the annual $100,000 SHRM Foundation Scholarship Program.

The SHRM Foundation awards 100 scholarships and created the program to support SHRM members pursuing a college degree or professional certification. The scholarship program is now in its ninth year and the donation will sustain the program for the next three years, through 2011.

“We are pleased and honored that the J. J. Keller Foundation has agreed to partner with the SHRM Foundation for the next three years,” said Lyle Hanna, chair, SHRM Foundation Board of Directors. “Providing scholarships is a tangible investment in the HR profession. In today’s challenging economy, this program is more important than ever.”

“Our Foundation supports lifelong learning and underwriting this scholarship program is an ideal way to advance that goal. Assisting HR professionals benefits individuals and ultimately benefits the entire workplace,” said Marne Keller-Krikava, a member of the J. J. Keller Foundation board who helped orchestrate the collaboration.

“The giving tradition of our family, which is carried out through the J. J. Keller Foundation, is something that we are extremely proud of. This particular opportunity allows us to reach outside of our local community and impact individuals and companies nationwide through our lifelong learning initiative,” said Robert Keller, president of the J. J. Keller Foundation Board of Directors.

Two types of scholarships are available: academic scholarships, which are funded at $1,375 each, and certification scholarships, which are funded at $750 each.

“Earning a law degree will help strengthen my ability to better serve employers in complying with fair treatment of employees,” said Kevin Prescott, SPHR, San Antonio, Texas, and 2008 Certification Scholarship Recipient. “SHRM has truly been an asset in growing my career.”

The scholarship program is administered in partnership with SHRM, and a new online application process is being introduced this year. A total of 40 academic scholarships and 60 certification scholarships will be awarded to recipients across five U.S. regions. SHRM volunteer committees will coordinate the judging process and distribute eight academic and 12 certification scholarships per region. The regions include:

− Northeast Region

− Southeast Region (and former Caribbean Atlantic Region)

− North Central Region

− Southwest Central Region

− Pacific West Region (and former Asia Pacific Region)

To be eligible for the academic scholarships, applicants must be national SHRM members pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in HR or a related field. The scholarships may include full-time, part-time, online, and distance-learning programs at accredited institutions.

The certification scholarships are open to applicants who are SHRM members pursuing professional certification.

Affiliated SHRM chapters and state councils may also apply for the certification scholarships. Funds must be used to pay for the organizing of local certification preparation programs for the SPHR®, GPHR®, PHR®, or PHR-CA® and SPHR-CA® (Professional in Human Resource, Senior Professional in Human Resources, Global Professional in Human Resources, and state-specific certification in California).

The application deadline is July 15, 2009. Scholarship winners will be notified by October 30, 2009. For more information, visit the SHRM Foundation Web site at: http://www.shrm.org/about/foundation and select “Scholarships and Awards.”


About the SHRM Foundation

The SHRM Foundation was founded in 1966 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit affiliate of the Society for Human resource Management (SHRM). It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors from the HR profession, including academics, practitioners and representatives from SHRM. The SHRM Foundation maximizes the impact of the HR profession on organizational decision-making and performance by promoting innovation, education, research, and the use of research-based knowledge.

About the J. J. Keller Foundation, Inc.

The J. J. Keller Foundation’s primary mission is to provide funding to organizations, projects and programs which will positively impact lives in northeastern Wisconsin. Specifically, funding is targeted toward needs that would otherwise remain unfulfilled. The late John J. “Jack” Keller started the foundation in 1991 in honor of his wife Ethel Keller’s 70th birthday, as she felt it was important to formalize a process for giving.Since that time, the J. J. Keller Foundation has funded many projects and programs, both small and large, in excess of $20 million.

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