Previous Recipients:

2010 - Jamie Woods

2011 - Michaelle Burkes and Rebecca Fugate

2012 - Connie Poteet

2013 - Sarah Vaught 

2014 - Steve Ezelle and Melinda Thornton

2015 - Rachel Lee

2016 - None

2017 - Christina McNutt

2018 - None

2019 - None

2020 - None


Click here for the Scholarship Application

West Central Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management (WCASHRM) includes more than 85 human resource professionals. The primary purpose of the WCASHRM is to be a recognized leader in human resource management by providing high quality, dynamic and responsible programs and services to our members, actively supporting or opposing legislation or other matters based upon employer needs and professional goals, and establish relationships within the community that will make a positive impact and contribution to the quality of life for our community.

WCASHRM represents all the major segments of human resource management in the private and public business sectors in West Central Arkansas, which consists of the following counties: Garland, Hot Spring, Clark, Pike, Montgomery, Saline, Grant, Pope, Polk, Nevada, Hempstead, Yell, and Perry.

WCASHRM is known for its commitment to represent the Human Resource profession and serve its members by providing relevant and timely business topics and speakers of interest for monthly membership meetings.

At minimum, WCASHRM sponsors one (1) $500 scholarship to an undergraduate (junior or senior status) or graduate student each semester. The scholarship is open to any student who meets the following requirements:

  • Junior/Senior status or graduate student
  • A resident of West Central Arkansas or enrolled student in an accredited college/university for the current school year in the West Central Arkansas region as defined above
  • Pursuing a degree in business/human resources related field or law (with emphasis on labor/employment law)
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA overall

The WCASHRM scholarship is awarded to one individual and is based on a variety of factors, including academic performance, demonstrated leadership, human resource related experience and/or extracurricular activities, career goals and overall presentation capabilities. The WCASHRM Scholarship Committee will determine the scholarship recipient based primarily on the above criteria, and will award the scholarship for the student’s use toward college costs.

To apply for the scholarship, you must complete the application in full.  If more space is needed than allotted on the application, please feel free to attach additional pages.      

In order to be considered, you must submit:

  • Two (2) written recommendations from employers and/or professors
  • College transcript
  • Current resume 
  • Fully completed application

WCASHRM recommends the scholarship be paid directly to the college/university, but can be presented directly to the recipient, if requested.

DEADLINE to mail or e-mail completed applications: April 1 (for Fall) or October 1 (for Spring) of each year to:

WCASHRM Scholarship
P.O. Box 8
Hot Springs, AR 71902
Email: [email protected]

Sponsored by the Arkansas SHRM State Council - J.C. COTE SCHOLARSHIP

Go to Arkansas SHRM's Scholarship Page for more information.


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