About our blog post author: Nancy Rife has been an HR practitioner for over 9 years, and holds her SPHR certification. She is a graduate of DePauw University with a degree in Psychology and Butler University with her MBA. Nancy currently works as the HR Director for MJ Insurance, Inc. Although a long-time member of IndySHRM, working with the Foundation is Nancy’s first volunteer role with IndySHRM.

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Are you a SHRM member pursuing a college degree (HR, business, psychology, etc.) or professional certification?  With generous underwriting from the J. J. Keller Foundation, Inc., the SHRM Foundation will award $100,000 in scholarships to SHRM professional members in 2011.

The scholarships are allocated equally among the five SHRM geographic regions, which means you are competing only with applicants in your own part of the country. Recipients are selected primarily on merit, and a significant portion of the selection criteria includes HR involvement and future career plans, as well as volunteer activities and leadership experience.

Academic scholarships are available to those working toward a graduate or undergraduate college degree in HR or a related field.  Certification scholarships are available to those working toward certification (SPHR, GPHR, PHR, or California) and to affiliated SHRM chapters and state councils that are organizing local certification preparation programs.

The application deadline is July 15, 2011.  For more information, choose “Scholarships and Awards” on the SHRM Foundation website (www.shrm.org/foundation).