PHRA Scholarship Fund
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PHRA Scholarship Fund


Companies have no greater asset than their people and the management of functions related to human resources is critical to today’s business success. In an effort to build HR leaders one member at a time, PHRA established a scholarship program that subsidizes the cost for members to participate in our SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP HR Certification Preparation.


Who is Eligible?

Active PHRA Professional, Business Partner or Emerging Career Members Only. Student members are not eligible for this program. Each scholarship is a one-time award; however previous applicants are eligible to re-apply. PHRA employees, board members of PHRA, and their immediate family members are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.

To be considered for this scholarship:

You must be preparing to sit for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification and meet the eligibility requirements set forth by the SHRM Certification Board. Review eligibility requirements here.

How to Apply:

The application includes contact information and a series of short answer questions about your volunteer experience and your career aspirations.

You will also be asked to include the following items with your completed application:

  • a current resume that includes your volunteer experience,

  • one letter of reference.

Reference letters should be addressed to the “PHRA Scholarship Review Committee” and should provide insight into your character, career and volunteer accomplishments, work ethic, values and need for the scholarship.

Incomplete submissions will NOT be considered



Review packets are to be scanned and emailed to Elizabeth Lamping,

E-mail Subject Line should be: Applicant’s Last Name: Scholarship Review Committee


Selection Criteria:

Scholarship recipients will be selected on the strength of their work experience and their commitment to a career in human resources. Scholarship applications are reviewed and scored by the PHRA Executive Committee based on the following criteria. All decisions are final.

• 40% Work experience/progression (HR involvement & future career plans)

• 40% Volunteer activity (PHRA experience preferred, but not required)

• 20% Financial need


Timeline: Applications for the Fall 2020 Virtual SHRM Prep Class must be completed and submitted by: Friday, July 31, 2020


Previous Award Recipients

Samara Soriano, Spring 2013

Judith Lynn Griffin, Fall 2013

Shannon Austin, Fall 2014

Charles Allen, Fall 2015

Kate Barrett, Fall 2016

Rosanna Lawrence, Fall 2016

Mike Corica, Spring 2017

Scherrita Folks, Fall 2017

Lisa McClelland, Fall 2017

Shannon Vargesko, Spring 2018

Tabatha Wendorff, Fall 2018

April Gentile, Fall 2018

Pam Anthony, Spring 2019

Abby Painter, Spring 2019

Ashlii McGee, Fall 2019

Raelyn Mains, Fall 2019

Sheena Hancock, Spring 2020

Samantha Roffman, Spring 2020

Pittsburgh Human Resources Association (PHRA)
420 Fort Duquesne Boulevard
One Gateway Center – Suite 1852
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222
Ph: 412-261-5537