Student Scholarship Program
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Student Scholarship Program


The SHRM Foundation will award more than $37,000 in scholarships to SHRM student members in 2016, an increase of more than $10,000 over last year!

Application deadline: November 1, 2016. Apply Online.  

Tax ID Form for Scholarship Recipients- Do not complete until you are notified that you have won a scholarship.

Note: All applications must be submitted electronically via SHRM's online system. Applications received by mail, e-mail or fax will NOT be considered.

Learn about the Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship for Graduate Study in HR

SHRM Foundation Scholarships

The SHRM Foundation offers education scholarships for eligible graduate and undergraduate students. Click on the links below for more information:


The following scholarships are available:

7 Undergraduate Education Awards $2,500


Larry Burk Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship
Lisa Burke Undergraduate Scholarship
Paula Harvey Undergraduate Scholarship
Libby Sartain Undergraduate Scholarship


Graduate Education Award
National Academy of Human Resources Graduate Award



Applicants must be SHRM student members with an active membership as of November 1 and a valid SHRM ID number. Preference will be given to full-time students who are not currently employed in a professional HR position. (For example, a student who is working full time as an HR manager is expected to join as a regular SHRM member. She/he would then be eligible for the professional scholarship program.)

Who Is Eligible
SHRM student members with a valid SHRM ID number as of November 1 are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Local student chapter members who are not SHRM members are not eligible to apply. SHRM professional, general and associate members are eligible for another SHRM Foundation Scholarship program for HR professionals, but are not eligible for this student scholarship program.

Scholarship Criteria
Scholarship recipients will primarily be selected on merit. Undergraduate applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale and must have completed at least one HR management course.

Graduate student applicants must be enrolled in a master’s degree program and clearly pursuing an emphasis area in HR or an HR-related program (such as business, psychology or labor relations) and have completed at least six hours of graduate course work with at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Judging Criteria
The judging committee will evaluate scholarship applicants and select scholarship winners based on the following criteria:

Academic Scholarship (both graduate and undergraduate)

  • 35% SHRM student chapter involvement and/or commitment to the HR profession
  • 30% Academic achievement
  • 25% Additional leadership and service activities/work experience
  • 10% Financial need

November 1, 2016: Deadline to submit all application materials.
December 16, 2016: Applicants notified of results. 

Scholarship checks will be distributed to winners after receipt of official transcript (academic scholarships) and tax ID (all scholarships).

Tax ID Form

How to Apply
All award applications must be submitted electronically. Start an application. Please do not send any application materials through the mail. All scholarship recipients will be required to provide a Social Security number or tax ID. To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must submit the following information:

Academic scholarships:*  

  • Completed application
  • Resume
  • One or Two letters of reference       

* If selected for an academic scholarship, students will be required to submit an official transcript at that time, prior to receiving funds.

Questions? Contact Dorothy Mebane at (703) 535-6219 or

Apply for a Scholarship.

The SHRM Foundation does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, disability, age, veteran status, ancestry, national origin or citizenship in the administration of its grant and scholarship programs.

Employees or national board members of SHRM or the SHRM Foundation or any other SHRM affiliate (excluding SHRM chapters), and members of their immediate family are not eligible to apply for SHRM Foundation grants, awards or scholarships.