Graduate Scholarships

Scholarship: $5,000 for a degree-seeking graduate program

Number: 22 scholarships

Applications open: by July 1, 2018

Deadline: October 1, 2018 (midnight, Eastern)

Notified of results: December 5, 2018

Master's degree students: find out if you are eligible for the Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship. 


  • Current SHRM member (professional or student)
  • Enrolled in a degree-seeking masters or doctoral program OR accepted and ready to begin your studies within six months
  • University is an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Degree program is HR-related (e.g. business, psychology, HR, org development, etc.)
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, or if not yet enrolled, an undergrad GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

How to Apply

Online application including:

  • Contact information
  • Short answer questions about volunteer/work experience and career aspirations
  • Current resume
  • One letter of reference* 

* Reference letters can be addressed to the 'SHRM Foundation Scholarship Review Committee' and should provide insight into applicant's character, career and/or volunteer accomplishments, work ethic, values and need for the scholarship. Letters may be written by work or volunteer colleagues, coaches, professors, etc. but should not come from family members. 

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Selection Criteria 

  • 35% Commitment to/passion for the HR profession
  • 25% Volunteer, leadership and service activities (SHRM experience preferred, but not required; work related to SHRM Foundation's vision and mission to promote inclusive workplaces highly desirable)
  • 20% Academic achievement
  • 20% Financial need

Additional Information

Funds may be used for any combination of tuition, books or other course-related fees. Each scholarship is a one-time award; however previous applicants and past scholarship recipients are eligible to re-apply. Full-time, part-time, online and distance learning programs are acceptable. Scholarships are for college-degree programs only, and may not be used to attend professional development seminars.

Scholarship recipients will be required to provide a Social Security Number or tax ID, evidence of enrollment in an HR-related program of study, and an official college transcript in order to claim their award. Applicants who have already completed their studies are not eligible for this award and may not apply for a scholarship to cover past expenses. 

By accepting a scholarship, 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. 

Employees or board members of SHRM or the SHRM Foundation and members of their immediate family are not eligible to apply for SHRM Foundation grants, awards or scholarships.

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