INSHRM Certification Scholarship Application

Thank you for your interest in pursuing INSHRM Certification Scholarships!

To be eligible, you must be:

  • A current INSHRM member, and
  • A current SHRM member with a valid member ID as of December 1, 2019

INSHRM will offer up to four awards per calendar year towards:

  • Scholarships for the SHRM Learning System, and/or
  • Reimbursement for testing fees upon passing scores

To apply, please complete the following application.  Applications must be completed by January 31, 2020, at 5 PM to be considered for an award.  Award determination and notification will be made February 2020.



NOTE:  Only completed entries will be reviewed. 

*Required questions are noted in bold.  While not all fields are required, providing more information is generally beneficial to you as it will give the reviewers a more complete picture of your background and qualifications for the award.*


INSHRM Student Certification Scholarship Application

To be eligible, you must be:

  • A 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 – see Student Eligibility Criteria
  • Plan to sit for the exam within 12 months after the scholarship notification date

How to Apply:
Complete the online application by January 31st, 2020 


Selection Criteria

  • 35% Commitment to/passion for the HR profession
  • 25% Volunteer, leadership and service activities (SHRM experience preferred but not required)
  • 20% Academic achievement
  • 20% Financial need

Applications are reviewed and scored by a group of INSHRM board members. All decisions are final.  Each award is a one-time award, however, previous applicants are eligible to re-apply.

Scholarship Distribution:

If you are selected to receive an INSHRM Student Certification Scholarship, you will be reimbursed for the testing fee upon successful pass of the SHRM-CP certification.  This award will expire 12 months from the date you are notified of the award and cannot be applied to tests taken prior to the award.

Additional Information:

By accepting a scholarship, you are consenting to allow INSHRM to use without limitation, and in any media, your name, city, state, photos and captions (if uploaded), and verbiage for marketing and promotional purposes.

INSHRM 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.

If you have questions about certification, re-certification, or if you are interested in participating in a study group session, please contact our Certification Director, Jeff Lesser at [email protected].