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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, and Montgomery.

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 annually. The scholarship is open to any student who meets the following requirements:

  • Junior/Senior status or graduate student
  • A resident or enrolled student in an accredited college/university for the current school year in the West Central Arkansas region as defined above
  • Pursuing a course of study in a business/human resource related field
  • 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.

Mail or e-mail completed applications by October 1 of each year to:

WCASHRM Scholarship
P.O. Box 8
Hot Springs, AR 71902

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

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

Download the Scholarship Application

Each year, the Arkansas SHRM State Council awards a $1000 scholarship to a college student who has demonstrated scholastic achievement and a commitment to a career in human resources.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

Applicant must be a current student at an Arkansas accredited college or university.

Undergraduate Applicants:

  • Must have attained at least a junior standing at the beginning of the fall semester of the current academic year.
  • Must have declared a major, emphasis, or concentration in Human Resources.  If the Institution does not offer a major, emphasis, or concentration in Human Resources, then a major in general business, management, or administration may be considered, if the applicant has completed or is currently enrolled in 6 credit hours of coursework in human resource management.  Introductory courses in human resource management will not count toward the 6 required hours.  The Scholarship Selection Committee reserves the right to assess any and all credit hours used to meet this requirement, and to determine if course content satisfies the requirement.
  • Must have earned a GPA in major of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

 Graduate Students:

  • May be considered if the degree program in which they are enrolled is determined to be acceptable to the Scholarship Selection Committee.
  • Must carry a GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must be a member of an SHRM Student Chapter or of SHRM National during the current academic year. If not already an SHRM student chapter member or a member of SHRM National, must be willing to become a SHRM student “at large” member if the academic institution attended does not meet SHRM requirements for a student chapter. 


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