Certification & Scholarships


TAHRA has a study group to help members prepare for SHRM and HRCI certifications. We are currently in the midst of a virtual study session that will continue through early May; the group is meeting on Tuesday evenings. If you are considering taking an HR certification exam this year, we invite you to join us as we provide each other with support and accountability. Email Michelle for additional information!   



The SHRM Foundation regularly awards certification, academic and professional development scholarships and grants to HR professionals and students. All eligible SHRM, student and chapter and state council members are encouraged to apply. To see the full list of available scholarships and awards, click here.

TAHRA provides two $1,000 college scholarships annually to students pursuing a career in Human Resources. High school seniors, college freshmen, sophomores and juniors may apply; both full-time and part-time students are eligible. Application and essay submission opens January 1 and are due by April 1. The philosophy of the TAHRA scholarship program differs from traditional scholarship programs that reward only the highest level of academic achievement. TAHRA scholarships are awarded based on the applicant’s 500 - 1,000 word essay submission, which conveys their interest and desire to become a human resource professional, what challenges they have faced in life or character traits that set them apart from others seeking a career in this field.

An independent selection committee made up of human resource professionals will select the finalists and conduct finalist interviews during the month of April. The interview panel consists of three HR professionals. In selecting the winners, the committee evaluates the applicants’ essay submission and extracurricular activities. The committee will not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion or national origin. The applicants will be notified of the results in May.

For the entire scholarship description, click here