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HR Scholarships


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Each year, the Arkansas SHRM State Council awards a $1000 scholarship to a college student who has demonstrated scholastic achievement and a commitment to a career in human resources.

This award is named in honor of J.C. Cote, who was a dedicated member of the ARSHRM State Council and the Western Arkansas SHRM chapter (WAHRA). J.C. served as Chapter President of WAHRA for two years. He also represented the ARSHRM State Council as 2001 State HR Conference Chair and as West District Director. J.C. put his “heart and soul” into these roles. Through this scholarship award, the Arkansas SHRM State Council seeks to identify and reward students who characterize J.C.'s commitment to the human resources profession.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

Applicant must be a current student who is resident of Arkansas or current student at an Arkansas accredited college or university.

Undergraduate Applicants:

  • Must have attained at least a junior standing at the beginning of the fall semester of the current academic year.
  • Must have declared a major, emphasis, or concentration in Human Resources. If the Institution does not offer a major, emphasis, or concentration in Human Resources, then a major in general business, management, or administration may be considered, if the applicant has completed or is currently enrolled in 6 credit hours of coursework in human resource management. Introductory courses in human resource management will not count toward the 6 required hours. The Scholarship Selection Committee reserves the right to assess any and all credit hours used to meet this requirement and to determine if course content satisfies the requirement.
  • Must have earned a GPA in major of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Graduate Students:

  • May be considered if the degree program in which they are enrolled is determined to be acceptable to the Scholarship Selection Committee.
  • Must carry a GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must be a member of an SHRM Student Chapter or of SHRM National during the current academic year. If not already an SHRM student chapter member or a member of SHRM National, must be willing to become a SHRM student “at large” member if the academic institution attended does not meet SHRM requirements for a student chapter.

Selection of Scholarship Winner

The recipient will be selected on the basis of demonstrated satisfactory scholastic achievement, and a commitment to a career in Human Resources. A panel interview by the Selection Committee may be part of the selection process.

How to Apply:

This application must be filled out completely and accurately. Please PRINT or TYPE. You may attach additional sheets if more space is needed. To complete your application, you must submit this form along with a current resume, college transcript of all coursework, and two letters of recommendation. Scanned documents are acceptable if applying by email. Send your application packet to:
Arkansas SHRM State Council
Attn: Tara Mauk Arthur
ARSHRM Communications & Awards Chair

Deadline is September 15

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WCASHRM Scholarship

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West Central Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management (WCASHRM) includes more than 85 human resource professionals. The primary purpose of the WCASHRM is to be a recognized leader in human resource management by providing high quality, dynamic and responsible programs and services to our members, actively supporting or opposing legislation or other matters based upon employer needs and professional goals, and establish relationships within the community that will make a positive impact and contribution to the quality of life for our community.

WCASHRM represents all the major segments of human resource management in the private and public business sectors in West Central Arkansas, which consists of the following counties: Garland, Hot Spring, Clark, Pike, and Montgomery.

WCASHRM is known for its commitment to represent the Human Resource profession and serve its members by providing relevant and timely business topics and speakers of interest for monthly membership meetings.

  • At minimum, WCASHRM sponsors one (1) $500 scholarship to an undergraduate (junior or senior status) or graduate student annually. The  scholarship is open to any student who meets the following requirements:
  • Junior/Senior status or graduate student
  • A resident or enrolled student in an accredited college/university for the current school year in the West Central Arkansas region as defined above
  • Pursuing a course of study in a business/human resource related field
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA overall


The WCASHRM scholarship is awarded to one individual and is based on a variety of factors, including academic performance, demonstrated leadership, human resource related experience and/or extracurricular activities, career goals and overall presentation capabilities. The WCASHRM Scholarship Committee will determine the scholarship recipient based primarily on the above criteria, and will award the scholarship for the student’s use toward college costs.

The scholarship recipient will be contacted by phone and should plan to attend the May or June monthly WCASHRM meeting for presentation of scholarship award.

To apply for the scholarship, you must complete the attached application in full.  If more space is needed than allotted on the application, please feel free to attach additional pages.      

In order to be considered, you must submit:

  • Two (2) written recommendations from employers and/or professors
  • College transcript
  • Current resume
  • Fully completed application


WCASHRM recommends the scholarship be paid directly to the college/university, but can be presented directly to the recipient, if requested.

Mail or e-mail completed applications by May 1 of each year to:

WCASHRM Scholarship
P.O. Box 8
Hot Springs, AR 71902

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