Chapter Certification Scholarship


The SHRM Foundation selects up to 15 State Councils or Chapters each window for an award to promote SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP and/or SHRM-SCP). Most of the past awardees have used the funds to launch or continue SHRM Certification preparation courses for their members. Other ideas for promoting SHRM Certification may be considered for an award, with the exception of using the funds to create a state or chapter certification scholarship.

Award Amount: $750

Application Open and Deadline Dates:

     Window 1 - Opens January 15; Closes April 15

     Window 2 - Opens June 1; Closes September 1

Results Notification: June 15 (Window 1); November 1 (Window 2)


  • SHRM Chapter or State Council in good standing
  • Designated a SHRM Foundation Chapter or State Council Champion in the previous calendar year
  • Conducting or planning to conduct a SHRM certification preparation program or other effort to promote SHRM certification. (Note: using award funds to directly fund chapter or state certification scholarships is prohibited.)
  • Person completing application must be a SHRM member

How to Apply
Complete online application including:

  • Contact information
  • Description of actual or planned certification program
  • Description of actual or planned results
  • Program budget and funding
  • List of chapter/state awards or honors received

Selection Criteria

  • 50% for use of funds: program depth, reach and impact
  • 30% financial need
  • 20% matching funds available
Applications are reviewed and scored by SHRM Foundation staff and may be reviewed by SHRM staff and volunteers from the SHRM membership. Volunteer reviewers will be from a region outside of the applicant's region. All decisions are final. Each award is a one-time award, however previous applicants and past recipients are eligible to re-apply. Previous award is no guarantee of a future award.

Additional Information 

By accepting an award, you are consenting to allow the SHRM Foundation (and the award's sponsor, if any) to use without limitation, and in any media, your name, city, state, photos and captions (if uploaded), and verbiage for marketing and promotional purposes.  

The SHRM Foundation does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, disability, age, veteran status, ancestry, national origin or citizenship in the administration of its scholarship programs. Scholarship recipients are selected primarily on merit. 


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