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SHRM Awards and Scholarships - Pinnacle, Excel and Foundation Scholarships 

04-04-2016 18:31

SHRM affiliates embark on initiatives, large and small, throughout the year.

SHRM Pinnacle Award
The SHRM Pinnacle Awards Program is an annual recognition program honoring the highest achievement in affiliation development and contributions that serve HR professionals, advance the HR profession and enhance the SHRM community.

Each year SHRM recognizes up to nine chapters and three state councils for their innovative initiatives. Finalists will be notified early October. All winners will be announced at the Pinnacle Awards celebration event during the 2017 SHRM Volunteer Leaders’ Summit.

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, September 9, 2017

Submission Information
The Pinnacle Award Submission Package provides information on award levels, categories and an outline of the questions that will be asked during the submission process. The link to the submission form can also be found within this document.

Only electronic submissions will be accepted and considered.  Applications are limited to one per affiliate, including joint applications.  In the event that multiple entries are submitted, the earliest complete submission will be used.

Sample Submission Forms
To get an idea of what a submission looks like, check out these samples.

State Council Sample Submission
Chapter Sample Submission

Previous Winners
Pinnacle Award Winners - Complete Listing 1991-2011

Idea Center - Compendiums of Previous Submissions including Award Winners

View executive summaries from previous submissions as your chapter or state council considers embarking on new initiatives.

(For copies of compendiums from 2001-2011, please contact a member of your regional team.)

EXCEL Awards

SHRM strongly encourages each of its affiliated chapters and state councils to establish goals and strategic initiatives in support of the HR profession and to meet the needs of HR professionals. These goals and initiatives allow our affiliates to increase their visibility and effectiveness as well as expand impact within the HR community, and they are the basis for SHRM’s Excel Awards.

Sections I and II of the 2017 Chapter or State Council SHAPE report must be completed to qualify to apply for an Excel Award.  There are four award levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. A minimum of one initiative is required for award consideration, with the number of required initiatives increasing for each award level.

All Excel Award applications are due by March 15, 2018.

Submission Information
The Excel Award brochure provides information on eligibility, categories, award levels, categories and an outline of the questions that will be asked during the submission process.  

SHRM Foundation Scholarships and Awards

Each year the SHRM Foundation awards thousands of dollars in support of students seeking undergraduate, graduate, certification and professional development opportunities.

Innovation Awards
The SHRM Foundation recognizes chapters and state councils that host innovative campaigns, events or programs to advance the SHRM Foundation's mission. Annual winners are recognized during the SHRM Volunteer Leaders’ Summit each November, and receive a plaque, a digital badge and are featured in the SHRM Foundation's Monthly Update email newsletter on the website. 


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