Conference Scholarships

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

SHRM Annual Conference & Expo

The SHRM Foundation will award five scholarships to attend the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition in Chicago, IL, June 17-20. The 2018 application period is now closed. Winners will be notified in April. All applicants will be notified of results via email.




  • Five scholarships to SHRM members  
  • Includes one scholarship to a professional who has done significant paid and/or volunteer work to hire, retain and engage military veterans (primary area of focus for the SHRM Foundation in 2018)
  • Includes one Northwest Human Resource Management Association scholarship to a student member from Washington, Oregon or Alaska

These scholarships 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 Chicago**
  • $500 travel stipend
*Pre-conference sessions, seminars and guest registration not included.
**Housing will be provided at a hotel of SHRM’s choice.

Timeline 

​ApplyNotified of Results​
​January 15 - March 15April 18

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 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 

Who is NOT Eligible:

Individuals are ineligible if they are not a member of SHRM or are already registered to attend the 2018 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

To apply for this award, complete an online application form. It 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 Annual 2018 (If you are unable to access the online form please contact us at shrmfoundation@shrm.org.)
*This statement may be completed by a colleague, current or former supervisor, professor, volunteer colleague or other professional contact. Statements from family members will not be accepted. Please upload your statement as part of your online application.

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. New HR professionals are encouraged to apply. 

Questions? Contact us.


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: Three scholarships for registration, hotel and travel to 2018 SHRM Diversity and Inclusion Conference & Exposition

Timeline
​Apply​Notified of results
May 10 - July 10, 2018
August 25, 2018
Apply for a scholarship to attend the SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition October 22-24, 2018, in Atlanta, Georgia. This award enables HR professionals who lack company financial support to have an opportunity to attend the conference. Scholarships 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.

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

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 of Support-Diversity

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

Selection Criteria 

The review committee will select individuals with a financial need 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. New HR professionals are encouraged to apply. 

All applicants will be notified of results via email.

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 2018. 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. Scholarship 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.