Conference Grants

Conference Grants

The SHRM Foundation will award eight professional development conference grants in 2020. Members are encouraged to apply to attend the SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition and Inclusion Conference and Exposition.

Inclusion

This award enables HR professionals who lack company financial support to have an opportunity to attend the conference. The SHRM Foundation will select THREE winners, including one student who is enrolled at a minority-serving college or university. 

Grants are valued at approximately $2,500 and include: 

  • Complimentary full-conference registration*
  • Up to three-night hotel stay**
  • $500 travel stipend
*Pre-conference sessions, seminars and guest registration not included.
**Housing will be provided at a conference hotel of SHRM’s choice.

Who is Eligible?

  • Current SHRM member (professional or student)
  • No organizational support or reimbursement to attend the conference
  • Has not attended the conference in the past three years
  • A student who is enrolled at a minority-serving institution will be selected for one of the awards
  • Applicants must be ONE of the following:
    • Employed full or part-time by: 
      • A for-profit organization with fewer than 250 employees
      • A non-profit organization 
      • A state, local, tribal or federal government, or the U.S. military 
    • Unemployed and/or a full-time student


How to Apply
Complete the online application form to include:

  • Contact & demographic information
  • Three essay questions about your career and learning objectives
  • Your resume
  • A statement of support from a supervisor or colleague* 

*Statement may be completed by a co-worker, current or former supervisor, professor, volunteer colleague or other professional contacts. The applicant must request the statement of support through the online applicationThe statement of support is made up of a series of short answer questions and must be completed via invitation through the online application. Statements from family members will not be accepted.


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Selection Criteria 

The review committee will select three individuals whom they believe are most likely to leverage the opportunity. They will seek candidates who are eager to learn and plan to apply the skills and knowledge gained to benefit their careers, their organizations, and their communities. New HR professionals are encouraged to apply. 

All applicants will be notified of results via email by close of business on August 17, 2020.

Expectations of Grant Recipients

If selected for an award, applicants must confirm their ability to attend the event and provide their tax ID number. Winners will be expected to maintain a current SHRM membership throughout 2020. They must be willing to sign a release form so they can be featured in conference promotions, including--but not limited to--live appearances on stage, press and video interviews, and sessions with sponsors and SHRM Foundation board members. Grant winners also will be expected to provide a follow-up interview to SHRM and/or the SHRM Foundation to discuss their experiences and share what they learned. 


Past Grant Recipients

2019 
Sumi Lanneau
Youssef Mekawy
La'Shawna White

2018 


2017
Kieanna Childs-Alexander, Northeast
Marissa Marquez, J.D., Southeast
Michael Taylor, Northeast

Questions?

Contact us at shrmscholarships@shrm.org





SHRM Annual Conference & Expo

The SHRM Foundation will award FIVE professional development grants to SHRM members interested in attending the SHRM20 Annual Conference & Exposition in San Diego, CA June 28 - July 1.  


These professional development grants are targeted to HR professionals and students who are least likely to receive financial support from their organizations to attend the conference. Valued at nearly $3,000, each award includes:   

  • Complimentary full-conference registration*
  • Up to four-night hotel stay in San Diego**
  • $500 travel stipend
*Pre-conference sessions, seminars and guest registration not included.
**Housing will be provided at a hotel of SHRM’s choice.

Timeline 

Apply Notified of Results
January 15 - March 16, 2020May 2020

Who is Eligible

To be eligible for an award, applicants must be ONE of the following:

  • Employed full or part-time by: 
    • A for-profit organization with fewer than 250 employees
    • A non-profit organization 
    • A state, local, tribal or federal government, or the U.S. military 
  • Unemployed and/or a full-time student

In addition, all applicants must: 

  • Have a SHRM membership as of March 16, 2020  
  • Not receive any organizational support or reimbursement to attend the conference
  • Not have attended the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition in the past five years 

Individuals are ineligible if they are not SHRM members or are already registered to attend the 2020 Annual Conference & Exposition.

Expectations of Scholarship Recipients

If selected for an award, applicants must confirm their ability to attend the event and provide their tax ID number. Winners will be expected to maintain a current SHRM membership throughout the year. They must be willing to sign a release form so they can be featured in conference promotions, including--but not limited to--live appearances on stage, press and video interviews and sessions with sponsors and board members. Scholarship winners also will be expected to provide a follow-up interview after the event to discuss their experiences and share what they learned. 

Application Requirements

The online application form includes:

  • Contact & demographic information
  • Three short essay questions about your career and learning objectives
  • Your resume
  • A statement of support from your supervisor, professor, or colleague*

*This statement may be completed by a colleague, current or former supervisor, professor, volunteer colleague or other professional contacts. Statements from family members will not be accepted. 


The review committee will select individuals whom they believe are most likely to leverage this learning opportunity. They will seek candidates who are eager to learn and plan to apply the skills and knowledge gained to benefit their careers, their organizations, and their communities. HR professionals who are new to the field are encouraged to apply. 

Questions? 

Contact us at shrmscholarships@shrm.org


Past Grant Recipients

2019 
Ed Carpenter
Delphine de Ternay
Vlad Mirko
Alexander Pullen
Bridgette Walton
Kimberly Zacherl 

2018
Antonella Marcks
Brandi Levanel
Jennifer Bozard
Kaily Nguyen
Tarachel Benjamin Goodman, MBA, SHRM-CP

2017 
Cecilia Clark
Curtis Jones III
Edward Pankow
Markus Smith
Amy Fine Stanfield
Nicole Urbanavage, SHRM-SCP
Karlene Williams
Andrea Winrow, SHRM-CP


2016 Recipients
Jessica Collins 
Melissa Pillias
Katherine Szarkowski-Boder, SHRM-CP
Betsy Ferronato, Southeast
Juley Bocardo-Homan, SHRM-CP
Jessica Mangona
Jamie Robinson


2015 Recipients

Jonathan DeArmond
Ronda Gress Wakefield
Cindy King
Edna Lugo
Jatisha Marsh