Students: Scholarships and Awards

2021 Volunteer Leaders' Business Meeting

Attendees will learn about the various awards offered through the SHRM Foundation to support members’ career growth and professional development goals.

SHRM Foundation offers more than $500,000 each year to equip HR leaders with the skills they need to take their careers to the next level and make impactful changes in the workplace. During the session, participants will learn about various scholarships, grants, and awards that can help members pay for college, gain professional certification, attend conferences, and much more.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss specific awards and scholarships to help finance higher education and professional development opportunities.
  • Improve financial awareness.
  • Detail the impact obtaining financial assistance has on career success.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 3:20pm to 4:10pm

Vernon Williams, Ed.D.


Dr. Vernon Williams is the Operations Manager for the CEO Academy. In partnership with The Wharton School and powered by SHRM, CEO Academy connects leaders to their peers with the aim of gaining insight into strategy, innovation, growth, finance, talent, compensation, succession, governance and other issues of pressing concern to organizations. Dr. Williams has worked at SHRM for the past three years, previously as a part of the SHRM Foundation team supporting student Initiatives as well as managing the $500,000 portfolio of scholarships, professional development grants, and awards.

Prior to joining the SHRM Foundation, Dr. Williams was the Assistant Dean of Students and spent over 20 years in higher education overseeing various student service units including, Campus Events, Conduct, Crisis Response, Engagement, Graduate Services, Housing, and Orientation at such institutions including George Washington University, in Washington, DC and Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. 

Whether supporting educational programs on-campus or through professional organizations, Dr. Williams enjoys helping others develop and maximize their potential.  Dr. Williams displays this passion outside of work as well through community-based initiatives, including SOUL, an organization that uses sports to connect high school aged youth to diverse opportunities that build the life skills needed to succeed academically and professionally.

Dr. Williams earned his doctorate in Higher Education from George Washington University. He earned his Master of Business Administration from Loyola University in Maryland and a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Morgan State University.

Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
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