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SHRM Foundation

    The SHRM Foundation to provide opportunities available to our fellow HR professionals that they may not have had otherwise, including:

    ♦ Assisting individuals in their pursuit of greater academic credentials
    The SHRM Foundation awards more than $200,000 in educational and certification scholarships each year to help create the next generation of HR leaders.

    ♦ Supporting researchers who bring us greater understanding of the complexities of HR
    In 2013, the SHRM Foundation introduced its new Thought Leadership Initiative to inform "what's next". To achieve this vision, The SHRM Foundation is working with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to conduct a multi-phase program to identify and analyze critical trends likely to impact the workplace in the next 5-10 years. Additionally, the SHRM Foundation has awarded more than $3.8 million in research grants funding original, rigorous, empirical research studies that have direct, actionable implications for HR practice.

    ♦ Creating materials that explain how HR practitioners can capitalize on the new knowledge that research provides
    From identifying emerging trends to helping HR practitioners become strategic business leaders, the SHRM Foundation’s educational products are at the forefront of the HR profession. These include the Effective Practice Guidelines series, the Executive Briefings & educational DVD series, all of which are available for complimentary download from to SHRM members and the public. 

    These resources are making a difference every day by shaping the future of HR!


    SHRM Awards Academic and Certification Scholarships for HR Professionals

    • Scholarship page link

    SHRM professional, general and associate members-- with a valid SHRM ID number-- pursuing a college degree or working toward PHR, SPHR, GPHR or California certification are eligible to apply. (SHRM student members and local-only members are not eligible for these awards.)

    Chapters and state councils may also apply for scholarship funds to support certification training programs.


    • 110 Certification scholarships of $750 each 
    • 20 Academic scholarships of $2,000 each

    Each SHRM domestic region has a total of $20,000 to distribute which means applicants compete only with others in their own area of the country. Each region will award 22 certification scholarships and 4 academic scholarships for a total of 26 awards.  

    How to Apply
    Visit and click on “Scholarships & Awards” to learn more about the SHRM Foundation Scholarship Program.