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Distinguished Member Award

    Nomination Form Link


    To recognize SHRM members active in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington state chapters who have made significant contributions to the human resource profession, the community, and/or the Association.


    Award recipients shall be members of the Society for Human Resource Management for at least seven years, and a member of a chapter or state council in the Northwest Human Resource Management Association area.  Th  shall have provided meritorious service to the profession, the Association, and/or local chapters for at least ten years while serving with integrity.  It includes retired members or members who have moved out of the region or profession and who have lived in the NHRMA region within the prior year.  It s expected that the recipient shall be certified by SHRM, the Human Resource Certification Institute, or a similar certifying body in the profession or shall possess a terminal degree (Ph.D., J.D.) in a related field.

    This award is intended to be a “HUMAN RESOURCES PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD” to individuals who have provided exceptional service to the profession over a period of years.


    Examples of accomplishments that qualify an individual for consideration as a Distinguished Member include a combination of the following items. The e are all indicators of demonstrated leadership within the Association and the human resource management profession.

    • Founder of a new NHRMA/SHRM Chapter
    • Long-term NHRMA/SHRM Faculty Advisor
    • A long-term member of local, regional, or national NHRMA/SHRM Boards and Committees, NHRMA Conference Chair
    • Recognition as a leader in the local HRM community
    • Development and sharing of cutting-edge approaches to HRM issues
    • National or regional NHRMA /SHRM conference presenter
    • Stabilizing or re-energizing a local NHRMA/SHRM Board and community


    Any NHRMA/SHRM member may nominate an eligible NHRMA member for the award. The NHRMA Nomination Form must be used for all nominees. Self-nominations are accepted.

    Some of the information that should be provided on the nomination may include but not be limited to:

    • SHRM/NHRMA Leadership History, including positions and years of service
    • Dates of SHRM membership
    • Current Certification(s) and date(s)
    • Terminal Degree(s) held and name of awarding Institution
    • Complete Nomination Form statement referencing the criteria and eligibility standards within the application form
    • Submit up to two additional recommendation statements from SHRM/NHRMA members within the application form

    Recipients will receive the following:

    • A $100 donation to the SHRM Foundation in their name
    • A free NHRMA conference registration to be used the year of or the year after receiving the award
    • An engraved commemorative plaque
    • An article summarizing achievement on the NHRMA Association website and other social media, as well as with SHRM
    • Formal recognition at the NHRMA Conference
    • Reimbursement of travel and lodging expenses to attend the conference (in the year of attendance)

    Submit electronic nominations via the nomination form link at the top of this page by June 30th.


    Once an application is received, written notification will be sent to the nominating party.  An ppointed selection committee will review the applications and make a recommendation to the NHRMA Board. The NHRMA Board will make the final decision on recipients.  Fo owing this decision, the nominating party and nominee will be notified by phone and email.


    The NHRMA Awards & Recognition Director (as Chair), President, Immediate Past President, Vice President, and SHRM Field Services Director, Pacific West Region, will review all applications and make a recommendation to the NHRMA Board, which will make the final decision.


    Contact: or call Stacey Scalf at 360-551-6535.