Frequently Asked Questions FAQs


Are the awards considered taxable?

You may have to include the fair market value of the award on your tax return.  You should consult a tax professional to determine if you are subject to any taxes on any of the SHRM Foundation awards.

Note: Per the IRS, subject to certain requirements, scholarship awards may not be taxable to the extent they are used to pay for qualified educational expenses including tuition and required fees, books, and equipment.  You should consult a tax professional to determine if you are exempt from taxation for any scholarship award.

Are SHRM Employees Eligible to receive awards?

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

Do the demographic questions on the application factor into the scoring?

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 scholarship programs. Scholarship recipients are selected primarily on merit.

Are the award recipients promoted in any way?

By accepting any of the SHRM Foundation awards, the recipient is 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.

Can applicants receive a reimbursement if they have already purchased any part of the SHRM Foundation award (i.e., Awarded a Certification Grant, but already purchased the exam or learning system)?

Applicants are strongly encouraged to wait for the results of the award process before making any related individual purchases. The SHRM Foundation does not reimburse applicants for exam fees, learning system fees, conference fees, registration fees or any related expenses.

What are the next steps once I am awarded a Certification Grant (SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP)?

Applicants selected for a certification grant must first accept their award.  Following acceptance of the award, the applicant's information is submitted to the certification team. A member of the certification team will email instructions on submitting a Certification Exam Application. A separate email from our education team containing a unique "promo code" will be issued for redeeming the learning system.

How long does a Certification Grant award recipient have to take the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP exam?

Once awarded, the recipient has two testing windows to take the exam. Any transfer exam fees are the responsibility of the applicant.  The below table represents 2021 and 2022 award years

YearAward Primary Testing WindowSecondary Testing Window
2021Spring Certification AwardMay 2021December 2021
Winter Certification AwardDecember 2021May 2022
2022Spring Certification AwardMay 2022December 2022
Winter Certification AwardDecember 2022May 2023


Will the Foundation reimbursement for travel items if I do not have a receipt?

All reimbursements must be accompanied by an itemized receipt of the purchase. If the receipt was lost, we recommend contacting the vendor as soon as possible to seek a duplicate. 


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