Seminar Scholarships

Scholarship: $995 (virtual) or $2,000* (in-person) awards to attend a SHRM Seminar

Number: Ten virtual and ten in-person scholarships for 2017

Deadline: April 10, 2017

* The in-person seminar award includes complimentary seminar registration plus a $705 travel stipend.  


  • Current SHRM membership  
  • Receives no organizational support to attend or view a SHRM seminar
  • Ability to attend seminar within 12 months of receiving award 

How to Apply
Online application includes:

  • Contact information
  • Short answer questions about volunteer/career experience
  • Current resume
  • A Statement of Support from your supervisor or colleague* Statement of Support-Seminars.docx 
* Statement may be completed by a work colleague, current or former supervisor, professor, volunteer colleague or other professional contact. Statements from family members of the applicant will not be accepted. Please upload your completed statement as part of your online application. 


Selection Criteria

  • Eagerness/passion for learning
  • Ability to apply the skills and knowledge gained to benefit the organization, career and/or community
  • Financial need
  • New HR professionals are encouraged to apply 


Apply Notified of Results​
 February 1-April 10June 5

Additional Details

Applicants selected for an award will be required to provide a Social Security number or tax ID. Recipients will receive a registration code that allows them to register for a complimentary seminar within one calendar year. The scholarship may not be used for certification preparation seminars. (To receive support for SHRM certification preparation, please see the Certification Scholarship page.)

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.

Each scholarship is a one-time award; however previous applicants and past scholarship recipients are eligible to re-apply. Employees or board members of SHRM or the SHRM Foundation or other SHRM affiliate (not including chapters and state councils), and members of their immediate family are not eligible to apply for SHRM Foundation grants, awards or scholarships. Local chapter members who are not SHRM members are not eligible to apply.

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. Scholarship recipients will be selected primarily on merit. Applications are reviewed and scored by groups of SHRM volunteers and staff. All decisions are final.

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