We realize that figuring out how to pay for tuition can be tough – and stressful. However, you’ll be happy to hear that there are human resources scholarships out there that can help ease the burden for students who qualify. When searching for HR scholarships it’s a good idea to check with local government, clubs, companies (search your contacts on Linkedin!) and foundations to see if they offer scholarships or grants for people who are studying human resources.
Scholarships tend to be merit-based, need-based or related to sex, religion or ethnicity. You can also consider applying for federal student loans or state grants to help you fund your degree program. Now, let’s take a look at some of the different human resources scholarships that are out there.
Human Resources Scholarships to Consider
Keep in mind that the amounts awarded and qualifications for human resources scholarships will vary. If you think that you may be eligible for any of the scholarship programs below, it can’t hurt to apply! It also doesn’t hurt to reach out to friends, family and colleagues – as you never know what types of scholarship opportunities they may be aware of.
Barbara Sanchez Scholarships: These $1,500 awards may be available to qualified SHRM members who are working full-time in HR and pursuing a degree in HR or a related field.
Business Student Scholarships: These $500 scholarships may be available to students working towards a business degree including eligible candidates who are studying human resources.
NPELRA Foundation – Anthony C. Russo Scholarship: These $3,000 awards may be available for eligible students who are currently enrolled in grad studies in HR, labor and industrial relations, public administration or political science.
SHRM Foundation Academic Scholarships: These $5,000 awards may be available to eligible SHRM members enrolled in an undergrad, masters or doctorate program in an HR-related field.
Wells Fargo American Indian Graduate Scholarships: These $1,000-$5000 scholarships may be available to eligible members of U.S. federally-recognized American Indian tribes or Alaska Native groups, who are pursuing an HR degree.
Bison Transport Scholarships: This $1,000 award may be available to qualified students enrolled in HR programs at a recognized university or college in Canada.
Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship for Graduate Study in HR: This fellowship of up to $10,000 may be awarded annually to eligible master’s degree students who are members of SHRM or certified HR professionals through the HR Certification Institute.