In the barely relevant world of newspaper reporters, I win the prize for Most Naïve.
I was stunned, shocked, dumbfounded, blown away (and crushed) when the Burlington Free Press — a Gannett-owned newspaper — laid me off after 25 years at the paper.
In that time, I never read the business pages. I didn't check stock prices or pay attention to media mergers. I laughed when spin-off companies with names like Tegna and Tronc were formed.
I liked talking to people and writing stories. This little duet has infinite variations, and I played them from the football field at Burlington High School to the back roads of the Northeast Kingdom.
I was traveling on one of those roads when an email from the Gannett CEO popped up on my iPhone. I read words like "unified," "honesty" and "transparency" in Bob Dickey's opening lines — then deleted the message. Nothing interesting here, I told the photographer on assignment with me.
It was late October, and we were heading to a rum distillery in a high field outside St. Johnsbury. The route itself leads to a treasure trove of stories — past the homes of artists, farmers, poets and bakers.
We drove through a town whose defunct restaurant, River Run, was known for its catfish and blueberry pancakes. The stories out of River Run were as reliably appetizing as the food.
We glimpsed in the hills the homestead we reported on last year, arriving one day at the break of dawn for a story about a city girl making a "life in the stix."
But today was craft distillery day. At Dunc's Mill, we talked to its founder — an anthropologist who conjured a second career in spirits — and tasted his rum.
On the way back to Burlington, we stopped at a café in Marshfield for a "quick hit." Our table at Rainbow Sweets held spanakopita and Belgian beer. I put my reporter's notebook on the windowsill, in easy reach to jot down the proprietor's wisecracks. Driving to the Free Press, I thought about my lede.
In the newsroom I learned the full contents of the corporate email, the one I deleted on the road: Layoffs coming in the morning. I had two stories to write; surely no one would bust up that endeavor.
That night, another email arrived. This one instructed me to attend a meeting at 10 the next morning.
Reporters get hunches, and I had a strong one. For the first time in my life, I wrote a news brief about myself. If the ax came down, I'd have a coherent thought stashed away.
"It was a good run: 25 years covering Vermont," I wrote. "Thanks to everyone for talking with me for stories and reading my stuff."
At 10 a.m. on October 25, two days before my 58th birthday, an HR flunky in from out of town told me my position had been eliminated. "What is my position?" I asked her. She checked her paperwork and answered in corporate-speak.
"Oh," I said. "I thought I was a reporter."
When I got home, I called my daughter, a college freshman, to tell her the news. Then I posted my layoff announcement, as written the night before, on Facebook and received an avalanche of responses from readers. Where have all the stories gone?, they wondered.
Ten days after the layoff, I got a text from a friend: "Gannett stock down 30 percent from October 25."
"Glad I could help," I wrote back.
Scholarships for HR Managers and Other Human Resource Professionals
Whether you’re just getting started in a human resources undergraduate program or are preparing to make the move to HR management by earning a master’s degree, you’re going to need to find a way to pay for it all. Scholarships in human resources are out there, but not always easy to find among all the options available to general business students.
Maybe you’ve had no problem locating HR scholarships at the national level, but what’s not widely know is that scholarships are also available at the state level, and are often a lot less competitive and easier to qualify for.
Here at HumanResourcesEDU.org we saw the perfect opportunity to develop a resource where the HR community could access a comprehensive list of scholarships all in one place.
Here you’ll find every scholarship available to HR undergrads and aspiring HRM professionals at the state and national level. If you don’t see your state listed here, that just means your options are limited to the big name national scholarships available to HR professionals anywhere in the country.
To learn about National Scholarships for Undergraduate and Graduate Students in Human Resources, click here.
Mobile Society for Human Resource Management Scholarship
- Must be majoring in human resource management
- Must be a junior or senior
- Must possess a GPA of 3.0 or above
- Must be active member of the student chapter of the SHRM and national chapter
- Must submit an essay to the Department of Management at the University of Arkansas
University of Arkansas, Walton College of Business, NOARK Human Resource Scholarship
Eligibility: Candidate must be an HR management major in good standing at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Human Resources Association of the Central Coast, HRRC Scholarship
Eligibility: Must be a college student pursuing a degree with a concentration in the HR field and for HRCC members pursuing an HR certification
Colorado Healthcare Association for Human Resource Management
Benefits: $1,000 (two scholarships awarded)
- Must be a Colorado resident
- Must be an HR professional interested in pursuing an HR degree or PHR/SPHR certification
Human Resource Association of Central Connecticut, Jim Roberts Scholarship
Benefits: Contact the Human Resource Associaiton of Central Connecticut for details.
Eligibility: Reserved for full-time students enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program with an interest in the human resources or business fields.
Delaware Society for Human Resource Management, HR Student Scholarship Award
Benefits: Up to three $2,500 scholarships available
- Must either live or work in Delaware or be enrolled in a Delaware college or university
- Must be enrolled in an HR or related degree program
- Must possess a minimum GPA of 3.0
- Graduate students must be currently enrolled in a master’s degree program and clearly pursuing an emphasis area in HR or a related program with a minimum GPA of 3.5
Human Resource Leadership Awards of Greater Washington
Benefits:Up to three $4,000 scholarships
Eligibility: Must be a student pursuing a career in the HR field
Greater Pensacola Society for Human Resource Management, GPSHRM Annual Scholarship Program
Benefits: $1,000 – $500 undergraduate scholarship and $500 graduate scholarship
- Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university studying HR management or a related field
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 for undergraduate students and 3.5 for graduate students
National Association of African Americans in Human Resources – Atlanta, Excellence in HR Scholarship Program
- Must be African American
- Must be enrolled at an accredited college or university in the Atlanta, Georgia area
- Must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in HR or an HR-related program
- Must have a GPA of at least 3.0
Hawaii SHRM/University of Hawaii Foundation, Shidler College of Business, Scholarship Fund
- Must be a student of the University of Hawaii majoring in HR
- Must possess a minimum GPA of 3.0
- Must be a member of the SHEM – Aloha Chapter
Illinois State University, Outstanding Junior/Senior in Human Resource Management
Eligibility: Candidates must submit a copy of their resume, a cover letter, and a written narrative covering a number of relevant topics
Purdue Krannert School of Management, MSHRM Dean’s Management of Human Capital Scholarship
Benefits: $10,000 (up to 5 available)
Eligibility: Awarded to outstanding graduate students looking to pursue a career in the human resources field
MRA – The Management Association, Excellence in Human Resources Scholarship
Eligibility: Must be a college junior or senior in HR degree programs in Illinois, Iowa,
Kansas Hospital Human Resources Association (KHHRA) Foundation Scholarship Program
- Applicant must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a part-time or full-time course of study leading to a certificate, degree or credential not currently held.
- Must be attending a two- or four-year in-state institution
- Must be planning to pursue an HR career in healthcare
- Must exhibit financial need
- Must show a clear interest in improving patient care in Kansas
Northern Kentucky SHRM, Tim Frodge NKY SHRM Scholarship Award
Benefits: SHRM membership valued at $75
Eligibility: Must be enrolled in an HR program and must be attending one of the following colleges:
- Northern Kentucky University
- Thomas More College
- Gateway Community and Technical College
Northeast Louisiana Society for Human Resource Management Scholarship
- Must be a full- or part-time student pursuing an undergraduate degree in the accredited business program at the University of Louisiana at Monroe
- Must possess a minimum 2.5 GPA
- Preference is given to students who have family members of the northeast Louisiana Society for Human Resource Management
Human Resources Association of Southern Maine
- Must be a current SHRM member
- Must be employed in the human resources profession
- Must be enrolled in an HR degree program or preparing for an HR certification examination
Chesapeake Human Resources Association, Student Chapter Scholarship Award Program
Benefits: Two $1,000 scholarships
Eligibility: Awarded to one undergraduate and one graduate student who demonstrates a commitment to the field of HR and possess proven leadership ability
Cape Cod Human Resources Association, Cape Cod Community College Business Student Scholarship
Eligibility: Must be a Cape Cod resident attending a Cape Cod community college as a full-time student in a business degree program with a minimum GPA of 3.5 and plans to pursue a career in human resource management
Oakland University, HRD: Barbara and Allen Gough Scholarship
- Must be undergraduate student in the HR department
- Must have a GPA of 3.0 or better
- Must have had their studies interrupted for two year or more
Winona State University, Helen B. Imm Scholarship
Benefits: Contact the Winona State University for details.
- Must be majoring in HR management or a relate field
- Must be a full-time student
- Must have a minimum GPA of 3.25
Delta State University, Delta Human Resource Management Association MBA Scholarship
- Must have full admission to the MBA program
- Must be enrolled in at least 9 credit hours
- Must have a minimum GPA of 3.2
Southeast Missouri University Foundation, CAPA Endowed Scholarship in Human Resources
Benefits: $5,000 – $10,000
- Must be enrolled at a Southeast Missouri State University
- Must be a current CAPA member or HR Redhawk member of the local student SHRM
- Must possess a minimum 3.0 GPA
- Must show financial need
Human Resource Association of the Midlands, Student Scholarship
Benefits: Up to $500
Eligibility: Must be an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in human resources
The Nevada Chapter of College and University Professional Association
Eligibility: Must be an employee at a member institution of the Nevada chapter and must be employed in an HR department or have HR functions as a responsibility
Manchester Area Human Resources Association, Assurance of Learning Assessment Scholarship
- Must meet all SHRM requirements to take exam
- Must be an active and participating MAHRA member
- Must be graduating within 6 months of the scholarship year
Rutgers University, School of Management and Labor Relations, BASF Undergraduate HR Scholarship
Eligibility: Must be a sophomore or junior pursuing a major in HR or HR management
Mid-Hudson Valley Society for Human Resource Management Student Scholarship Program
Benefits: $500 for undergraduates, $750 for graduates
- Must live/work or study in the Mid-Hudson Valley region
- Must study full or part-time in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program
- Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
- Must plan to major in HR management or a related field
Piedmont Human Resource Association Scholarship
- Must be attending a two- or four-year undergraduate college or university
- Scholastic and extracurricular activities are considered
Fargo-Moorehead Human Resource Association, FMHRA Student Scholarship
- Must be a full- or part-time student enrolled in a two- or four-year undergraduate program possessing an HR emphasis
- Must submit an essay outlining the applicant’s goals in the HR field
Human Resources Association of Central Ohio
Benefits: $2,000 (two scholarships available)
- Must be a full-time student studying HR
- Must have a 3.0 in the major and a 2.75 overall GPA
- Must submit two letters of recommendation
East Central University Human Resources Scholarships
Eligibility: Must be a full-time student (either graduate or undergraduate) and possess a GPA of at least 3.0; 8 scholarships available
Oregon Chapter of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources Scholarship Program
Eligibility: Contact the Oregon Chapter of the International Public Management Associaiton for Human Resources for details.
Appalachian Health Care Human Resources Society, Scholarship Program
- Must be an undergraduate student in the junior or senior year or a graduate student
- Must be enrolled in an accredited program and majoring in HR management/administration or a related field of study
- Academic performance/GPA/work experience considered
Rhode Island SHRM David Taton Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility: Reserved for graduating high school seniors seeking a school-to-career education by attending technical-type schools where traditional scholarship funding is often not available
Carolinas Chapter of Society for Human Resource Management, CC Scholarship
Eligibility: Must be an undergraduate or graduate student who career focus is HR management; must submit an essay and proof of community service in the last two years
Tennessee SHRM State Council James House William Award
Eligibility: Must have made significant contributions to one or more phases of human resource management in the State of Tennessee
San Antonio Human Resource Management Association Inc., Art Edgarian/Charles Umshield Scholarship Award
Benefits: Two $1,000 scholarships
Eligibility: Must be a member of a college/university SHRM chapter or must submit one recommendation from the academic advisor of their college/university SHRM chapter
University of Utah, Rick L. and Anamarie Gold Endowed Scholarship, David Eccles School of Business
Eligibility: Must be a student majoring in business or human resources management; must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
Virginia SHRM State Council Certification Scholarship
Eligibility: Must reside in the Commonwealth of Virginia or the District of Columbia
West Virginia Healthcare Human Resources Association
Eligibility: Must be employees or children of employees of WVHHRA member organizations; may be high school seniors, high school graduates, or college undergraduates enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time course of study
MRA – The Management Association, Excellence in Human Resources Scholarship
- Must be a college junior or senior in HR degree programs in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin
National Scholarships for Undergraduate and Graduate Students in Human Resources
A number of national associations/organizations provide a wealth of human resources scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students:
Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation, Student Scholarship Program
- Undergraduate Education Awards: 4 awards available at $2,500 each
- Libby Sartain Undergraduate Scholarship: $2,500
- Lisa Burke Undergraduate Award: $2,500
- Graduate Education Award: $5,000
- National Academy of Human Resources Graduate Award: $5,000
- Assurance of Learning Assessment: 6 awards available at $200 each
- SHRM student members with a valid SHRM ID
- Local student chapter members must be SHRM members
- Undergraduate applicants must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA and must have completed at least one HR management course.
- Graduate applications must be enrolled in a master’s degree program and clearly pursuing a program that has an emphasis area in HR or an HR-related program
- Graduate applicants must have completed at least 6 hours of graduate coursework with at least a 3.5 GPA
- Assurance of Learning applicants must have taken the assessment in the current calendar year or already be registered to take the exam later in the year
Scholarship recipients are selected primarily on merit. Academic scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students are judged on the following:
- 35 percent SHRM student chapter involvement and/or commitment to the HR profession
- 30 percent academic achievement
- 25 percent additional leadership and service activities/work experience
- 10 percent financial need
Assurance of Learning Exam Scholarships are judged on the following:
- 50 percent commitment to the HR profession and future career plans
- 40 percent SHRM student chapter involvement and volunteer activity
- 10 percent financial need
Students can learn more about joining the SHRM, becoming members of local student chapters of the SHRM, and applying for student scholarships through their state’s SHRM chapter/council:
International Public Management Association for Human Resources
Eligibility: Must be children of IPMA-HR members who are seeking undergraduate degrees at accredited colleges and universities; preference is given to students seeking careers in human resource management or public administration
States currently not offering Human Resources scholarships:
- South Dakota
Check back often for an updated list.
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