Conference Scholarships

The SHRM Foundation will award 8 conference scholarships in 2018. Members are encouraged to apply to attend SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition and Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition.

SHRM Annual Conference & Expo

The SHRM Foundation will be awarding five scholarships to attend the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition in Chicago, IL, June 17-20, 2018.


  • Five scholarships to SHRM members  
  • Includes one scholarship to a professional who has done significant paid and/or volunteer work on hiring, retaining and engaging military veterans or mature workers age 50+ (primary areas of focus for the SHRM Foundation in 2017-2018
  • Includes one Northwest Human Resource Management Association scholarship to a student member from Washington, Oregon or Alaska
These awards enable HR professionals and students who have been unable to experience this event-due to a lack of financial support- to have the opportunity to attend. The scholarships are targeted to those least likely to receive support from their organizations.

Each award, valued at nearly $3,000, will include:   

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

Timeline 

​ApplyNotified of Results​
​January 15 - March 15, 2018April 13, 2018​
All applicants will be notified of results via e-mail.

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 
    • The state, local, tribal or federal government, or military 
  • Unemployed and/or a full-time student

In addition, all applicants must: 

  • Have a current SHRM membership as of March 15, 2018  
  • Not receive any organizational support or reimbursement to attend the conference
  • Not have attended the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition in the past five years (prior to 2013). 

Who is NOT Eligible:

Individuals who meet any of the following criteria will not be considered for this award:

  • Attended the Annual Conference & Exposition within the past five years.
  • Already registered to attend the 2018 Annual Conference & Exposition.
  • Employed in a for-profit organization of more than 250 employees. (Not including government or military.)
  • Non-SHRM members.
  • Members of local SHRM chapters who are not SHRM members.

Expectations of Scholarship Recipients

If selected for an award, applicants must confirm their ability to attend the 2018 event and provide their tax ID number. Winners will be expected to maintain a current SHRM membership throughout 2018. They must be willing to sign a release form so they can be featured in conference promotions, possibly including-- but not limited to--live appearances on stage, press and video interviews, and ‘meet and greet’ sessions with sponsors and Board members. Scholarship winners will be expected to provide a follow-up interview to SHRM and/or the SHRM Foundation after the event to discuss their experiences and to share what they have learned. 

Application Requirements

To apply for this award, please complete the online application form. (No paper forms will be accepted.) This 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*-  Statement of Support.docx
* This statement may be completed by a work colleague, current or former supervisor, professor, volunteer colleague or other professional contact. Statements from family members of the applicant will not be accepted. Please upload your completed statement as part of your online application.

We are confident that there will be many deserving candidates for these awards. The review committee will be selecting individuals with financial need whom they believe are most likely to leverage this learning opportunity.  They will seek candidates who are eager to learn and who plan to apply the skills and knowledge gained to benefit their careers, their organizations and their communities.  New HR professionals are encouraged to apply. 

Apply for a #SHRM18 Scholarship

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2017 Scholarship Recipients

Cecilia Clark, Veteran Scholarship
Curtis Jones III, Southeast
Edward Pankow, North Central 
Markus Smith, Northwest, Student Scholarship
Amy Fine Stanfield, Pacific West
Nicole Urbanavage, SHRM-SCP, Southwest 
Karlene Williams,  Student Scholarship
Andrea Winrow, SHRM-CP, Northeast

2016 Scholarship Recipients

Jessica Collins, California, Veteran Scholarship 
Melissa Pillias, Guam, Student Scholarship

Regional Scholarships:
Katherine Szarkowski-Boder, SHRM-CP, North Central
Betsy Ferronato, Southeast
Juley Bocardo-Homan, SHRM-CP, PHR, Southwest
Jessica Mangona, Pacific West
Jamie Robinson, Northeast

2015 Scholarship Recipients

Jonathan DeArmond, North Central 
Ronda Gress Wakefield, Pacific West 
Cindy King, Northeast
Edna Lugo, Southwest Central 
Jatisha Marsh, Southeast

Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Expo

Scholarship: Registration, hotel and travel to 2018 SHRM Diversity and Inclusion Conference & Exposition

Number: Three scholarships

Deadline: July 10, 2018 

Apply for one of three awards to attend the SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia, October 22-24, 2018. These awards enable HR professionals lacking company financial support to have the opportunity to attend the conference. 

Scholarships are valued at approximately $2,500, including: 

  • 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.

Eligibility

  • Current SHRM member 
  • No organizational support or reimbursement to attend the conference
  • Has not attended the SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition in the past three years (2015-2017)

How to Apply

Online application form (no paper form accepted) includes:

  • Contact & demographic information
  • Three short essay questions about your career and learning objectives
  • Your resume
  • A statement of support from your supervisor of colleague* Statement of Support-Diversity.docx

* Statement may be completed by a work colleague, current or former supervisor, professor, volunteer colleague or other professional contact. Statements from family members of the applicant will not be accepted. Please upload your completed statement as part of your online application.

Selection Criteria 

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

Timeline

​Apply​Notified of Results
May 10 - July 10, 2018
August 25, 2018
All applicants will be notified of results via e-mail.

Apply for a D&I Conference Scholarship

Expectations of Scholarship Recipients

If selected for an award, applicants must confirm their ability to attend the 2018 event and provide their tax ID number. Winners will be expected to maintain a current SHRM membership throughout 2018. They must be willing to sign a release form so they can be featured in conference promotions, possibly including-- but not limited to--live appearances on stage, press and video interviews, and ‘meet and greet’ sessions with sponsors and Board members. Scholarship winners will be expected to provide a follow-up interview to SHRM and/or the SHRM Foundation after the event to discuss their experiences and to share what they have learned.