SHRM Foundation Student Scholarship Testimonial: Chelsea LeNoble
The SHRM Foundation is proud to present academic scholarships to SHRM student members pursuing graduate or undergraduate education in an HR-related field. Rising HR professionals, like Chelsea, seek a degree that will enable them to develop new research and recommendations for the future of the workplace.
I am a third-year doctoral student in the Florida Institute of Technology's Industrial/Organizational psychology program. I am a member of the local SHRM chapter and serve as the Director of Corporate Relations for the student chapter, where I organize guest speaker events for our monthly meetings. I am also part of the Occupational Health Psychology research team, the Center for Organizational Effectiveness, and the Human Resources Wellness Committee at FIT, where I assist in the development and execution of research studies, consulting projects, and organizational wellness initiatives, respectively. I applied for the SHRM Foundation Graduate Student Academic Scholarship hoping to receive the support of the organization in which I intend to develop and further my career. I maintain an academic and professional interest in Human Resources practices and the impact that HR has upon not just the workplace and bottom line, but also the individuals that comprise these organizations across the globe. With my academic studies and research interests in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, I hope to contribute to the organizational wellness domain and create new, research-based solutions that will promote employee health and happiness as well as a deeper sense of meaning and job fulfillment. I believe that health and fitness of employees is an often overlooked, albeit a vital, piece of overall organizational effectiveness and am a proponent of wellness programs including on-campus fitness and nutrition facilities and treadmill desks! This scholarship will help to reduce the steep financial burden of my graduate education, which will in turn better prepare me to enter the HR profession upon graduating. In particular, the scholarship will help with summer tuition costs as I embark on the daunting task of preparing for and taking my doctoral comprehensive exams and beginning my dissertation. I am excited to contribute meaningfully to the field of HR and to SHRM as well, and this SHRM Foundation scholarship has made these goals increasingly possible!
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