Certification Scholarships

Scholarship: $750 for SHRM Certification exam and/or preparation (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP)

Number: 220 scholarships, with 20 reserved for members engaged in veterans or aging workforce issues in a professional or volunteer capacity 

Applications open: June 1, 2018

Deadline: September 1, 2018 

The following information applies to individual applicants. SHRM state councils and chapters that wish to apply, please go to: Chapter and State Council Certification Scholarship application information.

For individual applicants:


  • Current SHRM member (Professional or student membership must be active when applying and throughout the year in which you receive the award.)
  • Meet eligibility requirements for SHRM Certification
  • Took certification exam in 2018 or plan to sit for exam in next 12 months

How to Apply

Complete online application including:
  • Contact information
  • Short answer questions about volunteer/career experience
  • Current resume
  • One letter of reference (letter may be addressed to the 'SHRM Foundation Scholarship Review Committee' and should provide insight into your character, career and volunteer accomplishments, work ethic, values and need for the scholarship. May be written by work or volunteer colleague,  professor, coach, etc. but should not come from a family member

Selection Criteria

  • 40% work experience/progression (HR involvement and future career plans)
  • 40% volunteer activity (SHRM experience preferred, but not required)
  • 20% financial need


Applications open/deadlines Notified of Results​
January 15 - April 10June 5, 2018
June 1 - September 1 November 5, 2018

Named Scholarships to be Awarded

  • 3M Certification Scholarship
  • CalSHRM Certification Scholarship
  • Career Spa, LLC Certification Scholarship
  • HR Florida State Council Certification Scholarship
  • Maine SHRM State Council Certification Scholarship
  • Miriam E. Gordon Memorial Certification Scholarship
  • Pennsylvania State Council Certification Scholarship
  • Sara Rynes Certification Scholarship
  • SHRM Partners Certification Scholarship
  • Talent Connections, LLC Certification Scholarship
  • Texas Bay Area SHRM Chapter Scholarship 
  • Virginia SHRM State Council Certification Scholarship
  • Wisconsin SHRM State Council Certification Scholarship

Additional Details 

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.  

Award funds may be used for any combination of test preparation-such as SHRM Certification Preparation tools and/or exam fees. Scholarship recipients will be required to provide documentation of their certification expenses before receiving their award check. Each scholarship is a one-time award; however previous applicants and past scholarship recipients are eligible to re-apply. Certification scholarships are awarded twice annually. Applications are reviewed and scored by groups of SHRM volunteers in each region and are reviewed by staff. All decisions are final. Applicants selected for an award will be required to provide a Social Security number or other tax ID plus a copy of their test registration, receipt for SHRM Learning System purchase and/or registration for a SHRM certification preparation seminar prior to receiving award funds. 

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. 

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September 1, 2018
Certification Scholarships
September 1, 2018
Recertification Scholarships
October 1, 2018
Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships