Scholarships, Grants and Awards Overview

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Apply. Yourself. Apply for Annual SHRM Foundation Scholarships, Grants and Awards.
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$500k+ provided in educational opportunities, training and resources

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300+ recipients including emerging professionals and students

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Open to students and emerging HR professionals around the world

Just for HR Professionals, Students and Faculty.
Just What You Need to Save Thousands Each Year.

Practicing HR requires specialized training and lots of support. That’s why each year the SHRM Foundation provides more than $500,000 in financial assistance to individuals preparing for their first job in HR or studying to fast-track their existing career in human resources.

Some scholarships are available exclusively with SHRM membership. Others are open to any HR Professional, student and faculty member. All are excellent ways to access the resources you need to continue your academic pursuits and become a future HR leader in the world of work.

Apply today

Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships and Awards:

Certification Awards

Scholarship/
Award
Application Opens
Deadline Intended Audience
SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP Certification Grants #1
August 9, 2022
​October 12, 2022
​Pros & Emerging Pros
Specialty Credentials
​August 9, 2022
October 12, 2022​​Pros & Emerging Pros

SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP Certification Grants #2
​April 11, 2023
June 7, 2023
​Pros & Emerging Pros
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Conference Awards

Scholarship/
Award
Application Opens
Deadline Intended Audience
​Annual Conference & Exposition Professional Development Grant
November 8, 2022
January 11, 2023
Pros & Emerging Pros
​Workplace Policy Conference Award
​August 9, 2022
October 12, 2022 
​Emerging Pros
​Inclusion Conference & Exposition Professional Development Grants
April 11, 2023
June 7, 2023
​​Pros & Emerging Pros
​​Foundation Mission Implementation Award
​November 8, 2022
​January 11, 2023
​​Pros
​​Mentor of the Year Award
​​November 8, 2022
​January 11, 2023
​Emerging Pros
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Academic / Research Awards

Scholarship/
Award
Application Opens
Deadline Intended Audience
​Cheslie C. Kryst Memorial Scholarship - Undergraduate
​July 15, 2022
​August 24, 2022
​Pros & Emerging Pros
​Cheslie C. Kryst Memorial Scholarship - Graduate
​​July 15, 2022
​August 24, 2022
​​Pros & Emerging Pros
Student Chapter Advisor Impact Award
January 10, 2023
March 8, 2023
Emerging Pros 
Michael R. Losey Excellence in HR Research Award January 10, 2023
March 8, 2023 
Pros
Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship for Graduate Study in HR  January 10, 2023 
March 8, 2023
Pros & Emerging Pros
Undergrad HR Exploration Award
​January 10, 2023
​March 8, 2023
​Emerging Pros
​Student Membership Award
​January 10, 2023
​March 8, 2023
​Emerging Pros
Undergraduate Scholarships January 10, 2023
March 8, 2023
Emerging Pros
Graduate Scholarships
January 10, 2023 
March 8, 2023
Emerging Pros
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Past Scholarship Award Winners.

Naomi Samuel

Naomi Samuel, University of Texas at Arlington, Graduate Scholarship

“This scholarship allows for me to focus on that task, do high-caliber research, and know that I have the support of a prestigious society of people with the same values behind me. That being said, this scholarship is worth far more to me than its amount.”

Theresa Allyn, Highline College, Undergraduate Scholarship

“I still have a lot to give in the workforce and attaining this degree will help me obtain a Human Resource job that will get me back on my feet to return to what I do best: serving people and making life better for those with whom I come in daily contact. Thank you for this second chance to a meaningful career; it means the world to me.”

Theresa Allyn
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John Estridge, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, Undergraduate Scholarship

“Your investment in my education humbles me, and I am forever grateful. Your scholarship is not only assisting my financial needs in the present, but it is ensuring my success in the future. I truly appreciate the value you have put on giving back to students.”

Top Tips for Scoring A SHRM Foundation Scholarship.

  1. Plan ahead: Keep a calendar of important scholarship deadlines and set aside time to create a strong application.
  2. Make sure you’re eligible: You must be an active SHRM member to apply for some SHRM Foundation scholarships.
  3. Don’t rely on one scholarship: Apply to all scholarships for which you are eligible.
  4. Stick to the topic. Make sure the goals you express in your scholarship application match those of the scholarship program.
  5. Know your audience: Remember that your application will be evaluated by select reviewers that include HR practitioners and/or academic faculty.

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Pursue Your Own Purpose.

A SHRM Foundation scholarship gives you the financial freedom to be the best student you can be. For just $49, a SHRM student membership gives you access to internships, interview and resume tips, HR job boards and more, so you can get a head start on the career of your dreams.

BECOME A STUDENT MEMBER of SHRM

Make the Right Connections. Right Now.

Getting the perfect job starts with getting to know the right people. To connect you with HR professionals who can point you in the right direction, the SHRM Foundation hosts ongoing student mentoring experiences so you can build your network and get the guidance you need to succeed.

Get Mentored

Make the Most of Every Opportunity

HR Professional? Make sure you’re eligible for every SHRM Foundation Scholarship and Grant Award

You don’t have to be a student to apply for SRHM Foundation Scholarship Grants. Many are available for HR professionals, too—you just need a SHRM professional membership to apply.

Join SHRM

Questions? For more information Email SHRMScholarships@shrm.org or call 703-535-6020.

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