HR Manager Wins $10,000 Graduate Fellowship from SHRM

Nov 18, 2011
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HR Manager Wins $10,000 Graduate Fellowship from SHRM

Volunteer leader attending Davenport University awarded SHRM’s Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship

Alexandria, Va., Nov. 18, 2011 – Human resource manager Adrielle Lewinski, PHR, an M.B.A. student at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Mich., today won the third annual Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship for graduate study, a $10,000 award given by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to cultivate future HR leaders.

SHRM announced the winner during its Leadership Conference held Nov. 17-19 in Arlington, Va.

The fellowship, named after former SHRM President and CEO Susan R. Meisinger, SPHR, supports first-time master’s degree students who are either members of SHRM or certified HR professionals through the HR Certification Institute. Fellows are selected based on their leadership, work experience in HR, demonstrated community involvement and undergraduate academic achievement. The fellowship is endowed by SHRM and its affiliates, the HR Certification Institute and the SHRM Foundation.

“The purpose of the Meisinger Fellowship is to develop the next generation of HR professionals,” said Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, the president and CEO of SHRM. “Adrielle Lewinski has demonstrated the core values of the Meisinger Fellowship: leadership, education, community involvement and HR expertise.”

Lewinski is studying for a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in HR from Davenport University. She is an assistant HR manager at KIK Custom Products in Elkhart, Ind. Her HR experience includes roles as HR manager at Patrick Industries, Better World Books, BAX Global, Sage Software and Macy's. Lewinski currently serves as the college relations representative for Michiana SHRM, where she previously served as SHRM Foundation representative. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and psychology from Trine University.

“I am so honored and appreciative to have been chosen for the Susan A. Meisinger award,” said Lewinski. “It has given me an opportunity to pursue my dream of obtaining my master’s degree. I believe that with this education, I can make a difference in the HR profession and continue to move it into the future. The doors of opportunity have opened and I am walking through!”

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.

For more information about the Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship, visit:

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 more than 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 and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.

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). The SHRM Foundation advances global HR knowledge and practice by providing thought leadership and educational support, and by sponsoring, funding and driving the adoption of cutting-edge, actionable and evidence-based research. For information about the SHRM Foundation, visit and follow the foundation on Twitter @SHRMFoundation

About the HR Certification Institute

The HR Certification Institute, established in 1976, is an internationally recognized certifying organization for the Human Resource profession. Today, more than 115,000 HR professionals in 80 countries proudly maintain the HR Certification Institute’s credentials as a mark of high professional distinction. The HR Certification Institute is a global leader in developing rigorous exams to demonstrate mastery and real-world application of forward-thinking HR practices, policies and principles. The HR Certification Institute awards the following credentials: Professional in Human Resources (PHR®), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®), Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR®), and California Certifications. Visit Follow the HR Certification Institute on Twitter: HRCertInstitute.

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