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    Facts about the Program

    The Peggy Gates SHRM of Southeast Missouri Scholarship, renamed due to her loyalty and dedication to the human resource profession and SHRM of Southeast Missouri.  The SHRM of Southeast Missouri Scholarship Program was originally created in early 2003. Its mission is to provide a competitive academic scholarship for Juniors and Seniors who are pursuing a degree in Human Resources.

    Some common questions include:

    Who is eligible for the scholarship?

    The scholarship application process is open to any student who permanently resides in the Southeast Missouri counties of Butler, Cape, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Scott or Stoddard. Applicants may attend any accredited college or university.

    How much is the scholarship and how many are given?

    A scholarship amount of $500 may be adjusted based upon current funding levels and approval by the Board. Individual scholarships less than $500 may be awarded for SHRM certification testing.

    What is the basis for receiving a scholarship?

    The scholarship is awarded based on academic excellence and examples of personal development related to the field of Human Resources. Grades, academic recommendations and an essay by the applicant outlining their goals, objectives and personal development will help form a picture of the applicant. Official transcripts will be required.

    Are there minimum criteria to win a scholarship?

    An applicant competes against the other applicants that year. This is the nature of any competitive endeavor, where certain years are stronger than others are. For this reason, we do not provide minimum criteria because we do not want the applicants to screen themselves out. Each applicant should at least try.

    Who selects the winners and when?

    The SHRM of Southeast Missouri Committee meets in mid- June of each year to review applicants and select winner(s). The Committee consists of a Chairman and a Secretary who are members of the Association. In addition, one independent academic advisor will be asked to serve on the Committee to provide expertise in evaluating the applicants.

    Do financial considerations matter?

    No. A needs-based scholarship would have different criteria and require different information for reviewing applicants. The SHRM of Southeast Missouri chooses to focus on academic criteria and personal development related to the field of Human Resources.

    Where do I pick up an application?

    Request an application from the SHRM of Southeast Missouri , c/o Karen Bailey, City of Sikeston, 105 E. Center Street, MO 63801 or click here, ( PDF) to download the application and send to above address. Completed application must be returned no later than June 1.


    How to apply:

    1. Complete all portions and sign application form, ( .PDF).
    2. Submit the following materials:
      1. Official college transcript
      2. Completed Recommendation
      3. Essay

    Send all of the above to:

    SHRM of Southeast Missouri
    c/o Karen Bailey, City of Sikeston, 105 E. Center Street, Sikeston, MO 63801

    Closing date for applications is June 1.

    Download Application Form in .pdf format.