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Certification Scholarship

    Prince William Society for Human Resource Management’s (PW SHRM) mission is to enhance the capabilities of Human Resources professionals who live and/or work in our community. This Scholarship is designed to provide financial support to individuals in need who want to grow professionally and are prepared to take a certification exam through SHRM or HRCI.
    Prince William SHRM will award two Scholarships each year.

    Eligibility & Requirements

    Scholarship Options:

    This scholarship award is good for one application fee and one corresponding exam fee of your choice. The award value is between $350 and $595.
    HRCI application fee: $100
    HRCI exam fees: aPHR $300, aPHRi $300; PHR $395; PHRi $395; SPHR $495; SPHRi $495; or
    GPHR $495

    SHRM application fee: $50
    SHRM exam fees: SHRM-CP $300; SHRM-SCP $300


    Scholarship Eligibility:
    • Be a member in good standing with Prince William SHRM; or
    • Live in Prince William County; or
    • Work in Prince William County

    Application Requirements:
    • The exam must be taken as follows:
      • SHRM: exam in the 2018 or 2019 calendar year
      • HRCI: must follow the restrictions set by HRCI (HRCI vouchers have a very specific expiration date – 365 days from the date of purchase)
    • You will be taking any of the following exams: aPHR/PHR/SPHR/GPHR or SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP and meet the eligibility requirements for the exam certification.
    • Submit a completed Application, Letter of Reference and a completed and signed Employer Agreement.

    Selection & Review Process

    The College Relations Director will confirm (via email) all Applications received.

    The Scholarship Committee, made up of at least 4 Prince William SHRM Board Members who are not participating in the Scholarship Program, will then review all applications and eliminate anyone who does not meet the basic qualifications for the program. Incomplete or ineligible applications will not be considered and clearly communicated as disqualification via email.

    Awards Procedure

    Awards are granted per the certification you will be choosing. You may only select one exam.
    • HRCI – aPHR, aPHRi; PHR; PHRi; SPHR; SPHRi; or GPHR
    1) Upon your selection of an exam, PW SHRM will provide you with a voucher that will allow you
    to purchase the application fee and exam fee with no out of pocket expense to you.
    2) Vouchers expire 365 days after the date of purchase.
    1) Upon registering for the SHRM exam, at the time of check out, select the option to be
    ‘invoiced’. Present the invoice to the College Relations Director for payment.
    ❖ Invoice submitted must match the certification listed on application. If they do not
    match, the invoice will not be paid and candidate will be disqualified.
    2) Upon receipt and review of the invoice, PW SHRM will submit payment directly to SHRM and
    return a receipt of payment to the award recipient for their records.