SHRM Foundation Awards More than $50,000 in Scholarships to Human Resource Students

Jan 4, 2011

Alexandria, Va.The SHRM Foundation recently presented $52,500 in undergraduate, graduate and certification scholarships to 25 students to aid the academic and professional development of the next generation of human resource professionals.

Winners hail from 18 states including: Arizona; California; Florida; Indiana; Iowa; Michigan; New Hampshire; New York; North Carolina; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Puerto Rico; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; Washington; and Wisconsin.

“The SHRM Foundation scholarships help develop the next generation of HR professionals and provide continuing education for current HR professionals,” said Karen Silberman, CAE, the SHRM Foundation executive director. “From a competitive field of 289 applicants, the 25 scholarship winners show immense promise to become leaders in the field and to show us what is next in HR.”

The student scholarship program, started in 2008 to replace two smaller scholarship programs, recognizes commitment to the HR profession, leadership ability,academic achievement and involvement in Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) student chapters.

This year, the program awarded 10 undergraduate education awards of $2,500 each; four graduate education awards of $5,000 each; the one Lisa Burke Award (for undergraduate students) of $2,500; and 10 certification awards of $500 each. The certification awards are for use in testing for two of the HR Certification Institute certifications − the Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) and Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR®).

To qualify for the SHRM Foundation student scholarships, students must:

  • Be a SHRM student member;
  • Have earned a minimum grade-point average of at least 3.5 out of a 4.0 grading scale;
  • Have completed at least one HR management course, if an undergraduate applicant;
  • Be enrolled in a master’s degree program with an emphasis area in HR or an HR-related program and have completed at least six hours of graduate course work, if a graduate applicant; and
  • Be planning to sit for the PHR or GPHR exam within the next 12 months, for applicants for a certification scholarship.

To find out more about the SHRM Foundation’s scholarships and awards, please visit:

2010 SHRM Foundation Student Scholarship Winners

Graduate Awards ($5,000)

  • Rachel Becke, SPHR, Virginia Commonwealth University (Va.)
  • Jessica Berger, Rice University (Texas)
  • Jonathan DeGraff, Cornell University (N.Y.)
  • Adelaida Patrasc Lungu, Willamette University (Ore.)

Undergraduate Awards ($2,500)

  • Stephanie Barry, Baylor University (Texas)
  • David Coleman, Oklahoma State University (Okla.)
  • Danielle Fletcher, California State University, Stanislaus (Calif.)
  • Ashley Helfinstine, Texas State University–San Marcos (Texas)
  • Erin Holzman, Briar Cliff University (Iowa)
  • Kirsten Jarrell, Peace College (N.C.)
  • Ashley Pryor, Central Michigan University (Mich.)
  • Jessica Rambo, Indiana Institute of Technology (Ind.)
  • Erica Schoenborn, Washington State University (Wash.)
  • Katie Sweeney, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh (Wis.)

Lisa Burke Award ($2,500)

  • Loid Atkinson, North Carolina State University (N.C.)

Certification Awards ($500)

  • Lisa Alvarado, University of Sacred Heart (Puerto Rico)
  • Andrea Fylypovych, Villanova University (Pa.)
  • Ashley Heckman, Western Michigan University (Mich.)
  • Vanessa Hunter, California State University, Stanislaus (Calif.)
  • Carolyn Husovsky, Bryant University (N.H.)
  • Abigail Lemanski, University of Wisconsin–Whitewater (Wis.)
  • Christina Lynch, Florida State University (Fla.)
  • Shilpa Shinde, Vanderbilt University (Tenn.)
  • Jessica Stahl, Middle Tennessee State University (Tenn.)
  • Alicia Valenzuela, Ottawa University (Ariz.)


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 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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