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Grants and Scholarships for Students Studying Human Resources

While earning a college degree takes a lot of hard work and determination, it also takes a lot of time and money, both of which can place a heavy burden on working professionals. Adult learners who have the drive to start or continue their education are looking for some breaks to make the decision to return to school easier on them.

Apply for Financial Aid First

As a new student enrolling in one of our human resource programs, you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility for federal and institution aid. When completing the FAFSA form, remember to use our school code: 002347.

Our team of financial aid experts will determine your eligibility for institutional aid. Some institutional aid may include grants and scholarships. It is important to note that not everyone will qualify for this type of tuition support. If you don’t qualify for financial aid (or even if you do), consider applying to one or more of these scholarship programs to help you save money on tuition.

Grants and Scholarships for HR Students

Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship for Graduate Study in Human Resources

Current human resource professionals can leverage their past work experience toward advanced academic and industry studies to help shape the future of HR. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the SHRM Foundation, and the HR Certificate Foundation sponsor an annual fellowship for first-time master’s degree students enrolled in an HR program. This fellowship program is specially designed for members of SHRM or certified human resource professionals through the HR Certification Institute.

The fellowship awards one winner annually to receive up to $10,000. Each fellowship is renewable for one additional year for a total up to $20,000. Additional fellowships may be awarded based on funding availability.

SHRM Foundation Student Scholarships

Make the most of your time as a student in one of our human resource programs. Join SHRM as a student and earn valuable member benefits, including discounted membership and program fees as well as the opportunity to apply for scholarship awards.

Scholarships are made available to both undergraduate and graduate students with awards ranging from $2,500 to $5,000. Undergraduates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and must have completed at least one HR management course. Graduate students applying for scholarships through the SHRM Foundation must be enrolled in a human resource or HR-related program and have completed at least six hours of graduate coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

These merit-based scholarships are awarded based on SHRM student chapter involvement, academic achievement, and extracurricular activities, which include work experience and financial need.

International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) Graduate Study Fellowship Program

Members of IPMA-HR pursuing a graduate degree in human resources are eligible for a scholarship award of up to $2,000. The award is given to two IPMA-HR members and is renewable for one academic year. Recipients must provide evidence of maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

IPMA-HR Scholarship Program

Children of IPMA-HR members seeking a bachelor’s degree are eligible to receive a one-time scholarship of $1,000. Preference is given to students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in human resources or public administration. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college or university, and their parent must be a current association member and have maintained membership for the last three years.

Earn Your Degree in HR

Whether you are new to the profession or an established professional, you could benefit from scholarships and grants designed to help make college tuition more affordable for the human resource student.

Concordia University, St. Paul has human resource programs that help current HR professionals build a stronger, thorough career that bridges past work experience with new skills and industry knowledge. Our bachelor’s and master’s degrees in HR management are also ideal for the career changer looking for an accelerated track to gain new skills and industry knowledge to apply toward a new career in human resources.