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Graduate Scholarships

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HR Florida State Council Graduate Scholarship
The HR Florida State Council serves as the premier resource for best practices relating to HR for both public and private employers in Florida. The Council facilitates services and programs for the collective interest of the state's SHRM and local chapter membership, and promotes activities that serve professionals and advance the profession.  

As a strong supporter of the SHRM Foundation’s mission to educate HR professionals, the Council is pleased to provide academic resources to advance the educational pursuits of students in the Sunshine State.
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National Academy of Human Resources Foundation Graduate Scholarship
The National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR), founded in 1992, recognizes individuals of distinction in HR for exceptional professional achievement as "Fellows of the NAHR" and recognizes human resource related groups as "Honored Institutions/Organizations." NAHR recognized the SHRM Foundation as an honored organization in 2014.

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016 winner: James Walsh

2017 winners: Shannon Fazande and Burgandy Mallinger
Pollin Group.jpgPollin Group Graduate Scholarship
Jim Pollin, founder and principal of Pollin Group, is proud to support this scholarship to develop strong and creative HR leaders and partners in business. Jim believes in the importance of investing in communities and business, both of which provide for a strong foundation for our future. He has over 30 years of experience in cruise meetings and incentives, corporate social responsibility and career development. Pollin Group specializes in working with HR professionals to provide their organization with a range of options for productive meetings, employee motivation and memorable experiences on cruise ships.

2017 winner: Alysson DuPont


Undergraduate Scholarships

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Larry Burk Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship 
Larry Burk, a past SHRM employee and volunteer, passed away in 2015. Larry was a dedicated HR professional who was committed to the profession and fellow HR professionals. As a volunteer for SHRM, he served as the Dallas HR Chapter President, Texas State Council Director, Area IV Vice-President, and on the National SHRM Board of Directors. Larry retired from the HR department of the Boy Scouts of America after 23 years, and then served SHRM full time as a regional director. Donations in memory of Larry to support the SHRM Foundation are accepted online at shrmfoundation.org/donate or by phone at 703.535.6020.

2016 winner: Vivian Luu

                                                        
2017 winner: Jason Chung
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Lisa Burke Undergraduate Scholarship
Dr. Lisa Burke-Smalley, Ph.D., SPHR, served as a SHRM student chapter advisor while an associate professor at Louisiana State University at Shreveport. This award was created in her honor in 2001 when one of her former students (who has chosen to remain anonymous) donated money for the scholarship. Today, Lisa is a professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

2016 winner: Travis Doderlein

2017 winner: Alex Miller



Paula Harvey.png​Paula Harvey Undergraduate Scholarship
Paula H. Harvey, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, GPHR believes in education. After graduating from UT-Austin, she started her HR career as a recruiter and later moved into a generalist role. Paula first became involved with SHRM while pursuing her MBA at UNC Charlotte. She served as her chapter's university liaison for seven years and later spent 10+ years as student chapter advisor. Paula has been a dedicated SHRM volunteer in both North Carolina and Texas, holding various roles including MAC representative, state director and chapter president. She has been honored with numerous awards for her service including NCSHRM HR Professional of the Year, NCSHRM HR Hall of Fame, NCSHRM Humanitarian of the Year (for her work mentoring students). Paula is currently VP of HR for Schulte Building Systems, Inc. and an adjunct instructor at Rice University's Institute for Human Resource Education. This scholarship was created to honor Paula's outstanding volunteer service and her dedication to mentoring and encouraging HR students.

2016 winner: Brian Loiacono

2017 winner: Becky Krueger

JA USA Member Logo Color (002).jpgJunior Achievement USA Undergraduate Scholarship
Junior Achievement USA inspires and prepares young people to succeed in the global economy. Through its collaboration with the SHRM Foundation, Junior Achievement will engage its associates, HR professionals and educators in initiatives that better prepare young people to be successful adults in the world of work. 

2016 winner: Randi Daniel

2017 winner: Brian Loiacono

Libby Sartain.jpgLibby Sartain Undergraduate Scholarship
Libby Sartain, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CCP started her work with SHRM (then ASPA) as a student at Southern Methodist University, where she became an officer with the student chapter. In graduate school at the University of North Texas, she helped revitalize a dormant chapter and became an officer. During her 30+ year career in human resources--which included leading HR at both Southwest Airlines and Yahoo!--she has been active with SHRM. Libby has served as the president of the Dallas SHRM Chapter and the Chair of the SHRM Board of Directors. She currently serves on the SHRM Foundation Board. This award celebrates Libby's many years of volunteer service to SHRM and her ongoing support for the next generation of HR professionals. 

2016 winner: Taylor Demyan

2017 winner: Krystee Chase

Schultz Family.jpgSchultz Family Sharing Fund: Giving Back to the HR Profession
Jim Schultz retired in 2014 following a 30-year career in human resources with Chevron Corporation. Jim and his family value volunteering and giving back to the professional community, which Jim exemplified during his service as a member and chair of the SHRM Foundation's Board of Directors. After retiring, he launched this scholarship to support students in the hope that recipients will likewise give back to the vocation that provides so much to organizations, employees and HR professionals themselves.

2016 winner: Burgandy Mallinger

2017 winner: Kelda Latham Bennett

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HR Florida State Council Undergraduate Scholarship
The HR Florida State Council serves as the premier resource for best practices relating to HR for both public and private employers in Florida. The Council facilitates services and programs for the collective interest of the state's SHRM and local chapter membership, and promotes activities that serve the professional and advance the profession.

As a strong supporter of the SHRM Foundation’s mission to educate HR professionals, we are pleased to provide academic resources to advance the educational pursuits of students in the Sunshine States

Certification Scholarships

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3M Certification Scholarship 
With a long tradition of excellence in development HR and other leaders, the 3M Company believes in education. It created this award in 2015 to honor chief human resource officer Marlene McGrath and her vision of the power of human resources to foster a culture of creative collaboration. The award honors the many employees who help to make 3M a great place to collaborate and innovate. 

2016 winners: Gregory Colletti and Andrew Marcotte

2017 winners: Tanisha Moise and Rachael White
CalSHRM.jpg​California SHRM State Council Certification Scholarships
The California SHRM State Council is an essential and effective partner in uniting and supporting California's HR community. To recognize the significance of professional certification and the continued development of HR practitioners, California SHRM established this scholarship in 2016. The award will be offered twice annually to two HR professionals that live or work in California. California SHRM is proud to give back to its members. With these awards, they acknowledge the value of future HR leaders, their organizations and the broader HR community.

2017 winner: Michael Moorman
CareerSpa logo.jpg​Career Spa, LLC Certification Scholarship
Since its founding in 2009, Career Spa, LLC has been providing encouragement, teaching and accountability to help the unemployed and misemployed rejuvenate their careers. Company founder and principal, Tom Darrow, SHRM-SCP, who has served as SHRM Foundation board chair and president of SHRM-Atlanta, has a passion for the HR profession. It’s his hope that his leadership and advocacy of HR and the underwriting of this scholarship will help advance human resources.

2016 winner: April Asher

2017 winner: Gregory Gyarmati 

HR Florida logo.pngHR Florida State Council Certification Scholarships
The HR Florida State Council serves as the premier resource for best practices relating to the human resources profession for both public and private employers located throughout the state. The Council facilitates services and programs for the collective interest of the state's SHRM and local chapter membership, and promotes activities that serve the professional and advance the profession.  


As a strong supporter of the SHRM Foundation’s mission to educate and develop HR professionals, its members are pleased to provide academic and certification resources to advance the educational pursuits of HR professionals located within the Sunshine State.

Miriam Gordon​Miriam E. Gordon Memorial Certification Scholarship

This scholarship celebrates Reverend Miriam Gordon, a lifelong-learner with a tireless commitment to community. Her generosity and caring are legendary among her church, family, friends and civic societies. She lived life with love, courage and optimism and always had a sense of humor. Miriam was particularly proud of her long association with the Afro-American Cultural Foundation, working with its legendary executive director and well-known historian, John Harmon. Her daughter Margo says, "My Mom cared deeply for people and often put others above her own concerns. She would be honored to have her name associated with giving and learning."

2017 winner: Karen Hester 

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Maine SHRM State Council Certification Scholarship
The SHRM Maine State Council provides support to human resource professionals, employers and SHRM chapters across the state in an effort to enhance Maine's workforce and promote advancement of HR. The Council created these scholarships as a way to serve HR professionals and give back to Maine members by offering them an opportunity to become certified. 

2017 winner: Laurie Mills

PASHRM Logo.jpgPennsylvania State Council of SHRM Certification Scholarship
The Pennsylvania State Council of SHRM (PASHRM) supports businesses and HR professionals in Pennsylvania by providing information on national, state and local events, legislation and initiatives that assist with day-to-day HR activities, hosting annual conferences and supporting local SHRM chapters. PASHRM is a strong supporter of SHRM certification and the purpose of these scholarships is to give back to PA members by offering them the opportunity to become certified and serve HR professionals.

2017 winner: Edward Rogers

SaraRynes.jpgSara Rynes Certification Scholarships
Sara Rynes is the John Murray Professor of Management and Organizations at the University of Iowa. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial Relations with an emphasis in Human Resources at the University of Wisconsin. In 2011, she received the Michael Losey Human Resource Management Research Award from SHRM and the SHRM Foundation. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association and the Management Education Research Institute. She has been a member of the SHRM Foundation Board since 2013. This scholarship is intended to help worthy recipients achieve certification of their HR competencies so they can improve their organizations, advance their careers and give back to the HR profession.

2016 winners: Carina Hanson and Laura Schick

2017 winners: Michelle Li and Crysten Wilkerson

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​SHRM Partners Certification Scholarships
Attendees at the annual SHRM Partners Reception, held during SHRM’s Annual Conference & Exposition, have made this award possible. These donors have demonstrated their commitment to supporting lifelong learning and certification.


2016 winners: Heather Douglas-Shoup, Tamara Kimble and Monterry Luckey

2017 winners: Sandra Jones, Patricia McNeill, Dainelle Taseris, Vijay Takkar, Stephanie Trexler and Amanda Williams

Talent Connections.jpgTalent Connections, LLC Scholarship
Since its founding in 1999, Talent Connections, LLC, has been delivering top human resource talent to organizations through executive search and contractor services. Company founder and principal, Tom Darrow, SHRM-SCP, who has served as SHRM Foundation board chair and president of SHRM-Atlanta, has a passion for the HR profession. It’s his hope that his leadership and advocacy of HR and the underwriting of this scholarship will help advance human resources.

2016 winner: Kelly Rico

2017 winner: Diana Anderson

TXBA SHRM Logo.jpgTexas Bay Area SHRM Chapter Certification Scholarships 
The mission of Texas Bay Area SHRM is to provide a personalized experience for Human Resources professionals and serve chapter members by providing a collaborative environment where members can leverage shared knowledge. A key part of Texas Bay Area's missional focus is providing development opportunities and resources to advance the HR profession.


With that in mind, Texas Bay Area SHRM established in 2018 the Texas Bay Area SHRM Chapter Certification Scholarship in order to enhance and support the development of the HR workforce in the Texas Gulf Coast region. One scholarship will be provided at each certification window during the calendar year to an HR professional who is also a member of Texas Bay Area SHRM.

VA SHRM.jpgVirginia SHRM State Council Certification Scholarship
The Virginia SHRM State Council is an essential and effective partner in uniting and supporting Virginia’s HR community. The Council established the scholarship in 2014 to recognize the significance of professional certification and the continued development of HR practitioners. The award is offered annually to one HR professional in Virginia or the District of Columbia. Living its values of passion, connection, inclusion, innovation and integrity, Virginia SHRM is proud to give back to its members. With this award, it acknowledges the value of future HR leaders, their organizations and the broader HR community.

2016 Winner: Sherri Sowers

2017 Winner: Ti-Kimena-Mia Coltrane

Wisconsin SHRM State Council.jpg​Wisconsin SHRM State Council Certification Scholarship 
The Wisconsin SHRM State Council is an essential and effective partner in uniting and supporting Wisconsin’s HR community. It established this scholarship in 2016 to recognize the significance of professional certification and the continued development of HR practitioners. The award is offered annually to one HR professional that lives or works in Wisconsin. With this award, Wisconsin SHRM acknowledges the value of future HR leaders, their organizations and the broader HR community.

2016 winner: Karla Dickson

Professional Development Scholarships

NHRMA logo.pngNorthwest Human Resource Management Association Student Scholarship for SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition
NHRMA provides professional development opportunities for HR professionals and students in Alaska, Oregon and Washington who are members in good standing with SHRM. In further support of its student members, NHRMA created the annual Northwest HRMA scholarship to attend SHRM's Annual Conference and Exposition. With this award, NHRMA acknowledges the value of future HR leaders and is dedicated to supporting their potential.


2017 winner: Markus Smith





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