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    This award recognizes one graduate student who has performed outstanding service to the HR profession and to the Association, in the best tradition of Sharon Koss.  Sharon Koss was passionate about developing HR Professionals through continuing education to advance the profession in the Pacific Northwest.  The intent of the award is to recognize student performance as it adheres to the stated goals of the Association.  Nominees must demonstrate service in their local SHRM Chapter, community, or within the professional human resources community.  Activities may include but are not limited to chapter involvement (student or professional), student leadership (involvement in student or professional groups), HR internships, work and/or volunteer experience, and professional or student projects.


    All students who are dues-paying members of a SHRM chapter in the NHRMA Region and who are in a degree seeking program at any time during the most recent academic year (September to June) are eligible.  No student may win the award more than one time.  Graduate students, whether continuing or graduating, are eligible.

    The nominee must meet and include all of the following criteria to be considered for this award: 

    • Member of a WA, OR, or AK student or professional chapter

    • The student is/has been enrolled in a graduatedegree program in the NHRMA region at any time during the most recent academic year (August-June) and is in good academic standing

    • The student has not received this award in the past

    • The student has attached a current transcript including but not limited to all HR related coursework to this application

    • The student must complete the Student Statement which may include professional goals, experience, service to student and/or professional chapters, community and volunteer service (if applicable), work experience or internships (if applicable), etc.

    • Two recommendation statements have been included in this application: (1) Advisor or SHRM member nomination/recommendation; (2) Second letter of recommendation (can be from another advisor, SHRM member, supervisor, or other type of professional reference)

    At the discretion of the selection committee, a request for further student written responses and/or a telephone interview may be requested.


    Any SHRM member or Faculty Advisor may nominate a student for the award.  Self-nominations will also be accepted.

    ** All nominations must be submitted by 7-1-2020 **



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    (All applicants must have a SHRM member or Advisor complete this section. This section will serve as meeting the criteria for the student’s first letter of recommendation.) Please type your nomination and/or reference statement below (up to 500 words). The statement should include how the student meets the award criteria listed above. It is recommended you type your letter in a separate word document, then copy and paste into this section. No other materials will be accepted for the Advisor/SHRM Member nomination section.
    All nominations must include two recommendation statements; one recommendation from the nominating Advisor or SHRM Member, and a second recommendation from an advisor, SHRM member, supervisor, or another type of professional reference.
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