The SHRM Foundation provides undergraduate academic awards in the amount of $2,500 and graduate academic awards in the amount of $5,000. In 2014, 15 student members received scholarships, Suzanne Hudson is one of those recipients. She is now pursuing her MBA at St. Leo University while working full-time. Visit the SHRM Foundation website for more information about scholarship funding for certifications, undergraduate, and graduate education.
I have over ten years of human resource experience and have earned my SHRM-CP (SHRM Certified Professional). In October 2013, I attended the HR Florida conference in Orlando where I had the opportunity to seek the advice of other HR professionals regarding the value of pursing an MBA. Opinions varied, but the overall consensus was to “go for it.” Shortly after returning home, I made the decision to apply to the on-line MBA (with HR concentration) program at Saint Leo University and I started the program in January 2014. In March 2014, I was hired as the HR Manager for the Institute for Intergovernmental Research. I believe that pursuing the MBA was evidence of my desire to learn, and this contributed to the decision to offer me the position.
To date, I have successfully completed five out of thirteen courses required for the program and I am certain that seeking this degree will give me the additional knowledge and credentials I need to obtain my career goals and flourish in my new position. My current career goals include: increasing my general business and human resource knowledge base and acquiring the breadth of knowledge and leadership skills necessary to excel in the profession.
I am dedicated to the field of human resources, and I am confident I will continue to find enjoyment and satisfaction with my career choice. The SHRM Foundation Scholarship has allowed me to work full-time and earn a degree that will give me the knowledge and confidence I need for success. For that, I am sincerely thankful.
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