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Professional Development Scholarship

Prince William SHRM's (PW SHRM) mission is to enhance the capabilities of Human Resources professionals who live and/or work in our community. This Scholarship is designed to provide financial support to individuals in need who want to grow professionally.

For the 2019-2020 Scholarship year, PWSHRM will donate up to $1,000 each to two people for any of the following:

SHRM/HRCI Certification prep class tuition and/or test fees

April 2020 HR Virginia State Conference

2020 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition

Applicants must submit an Application
, Resume, Letter of Reference, and an Employer Statement (download). Note - you must be logged in to your account to download the Employer Statement.  Click on Member Log-in from the top right hand corner of the window.

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You will be required to log-in to your member account to complete the application.


Only members in good standing with PW SHRM may apply.  

If selected, applicants must confirm their ability to attend the event.

Winners will maintain a current PWSHRM membership throughout 2019-2020.

Winners will provide a follow-up interview to PWSHRM to discuss their experiences and share what they learned. 
  • 2019 Certification Course or Exam

SHRM: exam/course taken during the 2019 or 2020 calendar year

HRCI: must follow the restrictions set by HRCI (HRCI vouchers have a very specific expiration date – 365 days from the date of purchase)

  • 2020 Virginia State SHRM Conference

20/20 Vision: Honor the past, Celebrate the present, Imagine the future
April 19-22, 2020
The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia

  • 2020 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition

June 28-July 1, 2020
San Diego, California


Program announced May 1, 2019

Applications received and acknowledged May 2 – September 1, 2019

Scholarship Committee to meet, review and select - September 2019

Winners announced at PWSHRM Annual Employment Law & HR Summit on October 11, 2019

All applications will be confirmed via email.

The Scholarship Committee, made up of at least 4 Prince William SHRM Board Members (College Relations Director, President, President-Elect, and Immediate Past President) who are not participating in the Scholarship Program, will review all applications and eliminate anyone who does not meet the basic qualifications for the program. Incomplete or ineligible applications will not be considered and clearly communicated as disqualification via email.

The Committee will select two individuals with a financial need whom they believe are most likely to leverage the opportunity. They will seek candidates who are eager to learn and plan to apply the skills and knowledge gained to benefit their careers, their organizations, and their communities. New HR professionals are encouraged to apply.



Awards are granted per the certification chosen. You may only select one exam/course.


1) Upon your selection of an exam, PW SHRM will provide you with a voucher that will allow you to purchase the application fee and exam fee with no out of pocket expense to you.

2) Vouchers expire 365 days after the date of purchase.


1) Upon registering for the SHRM exam, at the time of check out, select the option to be "invoiced". Present the invoice to the College Relations Director for payment.

❖ Invoice submitted must match the certification listed on application. If they do not match, the invoice will not be paid and candidate will be disqualified.

2) Upon receipt and review of the invoice, PW SHRM will submit payment directly to SHRM and return a receipt of payment to the award recipient for their records.

2020 Virginia State SHRM Conference or SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition

Reimbursement of the price of conference registration upon receiving a receipt of registration from the award recipient.  Registration includes all conference-planned sessions, some meals, breaks, reception and entertainment.

Hotel costs and travel reimbursements are not included in registration. 

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