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IVSHRM Announces New Scholarship with Illinois Valley Community College

    April 22, 2021

    A Message from Our Chapter President April 20, 2021


    The mission of Illinois Valley SHRM is “to serve as the leading voice of and advocate for the human resources profession in the Illinois Valley.”  With that in mind, our Board of Directors feels it’s important that we help to advocate for the human resources profession as a career choice for future leaders in our local communities.

    Today, I am honored to share some very exciting news with you.  Illinois Valley SHRM is proud to announce that our chapter, in cooperation with the IVCC Foundation, is launching a new scholarship. 

    Aimed at future human resources leaders, the scholarship will be open to IVCC sophomores with at least a 3.0 GPA who live in-district.  Annually, IVCC Foundation’s selection committee will review application packets from students, including a personal essay, to select a recipient. They will seek to find a student who plans to pursue a career in the human resources field and who has demonstrated interest in our field (e.g. through work/volunteer experience, membership in SHRM, etc.).

    Illinois Valley SHRM has committed to donating chapter funds of $500 per year for the next three years.  Additional funds will be raised through individual and/or company donations.  By growing our fund, we will have opportunities to increase the scholarship amount and/or increase the number of recipients.  The inaugural recipient(s) will be selected this summer.  So, time is of the essence to fundraise for 2021.  Because all donations are ran through the IVCC Foundation, they are tax deductible.

    All donations, big or small, will help aspiring HR leaders in the Illinois Valley work toward their educational goals in order to become successful future leaders in our profession.

    If you are interested in personally supporting this cause, please go online to and select “Give to IVCC” in the upper right of your screen or use this direct short-cut:

    IMPORTANT:  In order for your donation to benefit our fund…..

    - Where you see the question “Where Would You Like Your Donation To Go?”, select “Scholarship” from the drop-down menu.

    - Where you see the instruction, “Please list scholarship name or name for memorial below”, type in the word “SHRM.”

    *If your company is interested in becoming a corporate partner with a donation of $500 or more, please contact me directly so that we can coordinate that process with them.

    We will receive notice of all donations and will be in contact with all donors to determine whether they will allow us to use their name in promotional initiatives or whether they wish to remain anonymous.

    Please help us to spread the word on this important new initiative by telling your friends, family and co-workers and posting via your social media accounts.

    We are so proud and honored to be able to take this step and to make a difference in the lives of future human resources leaders.  As this process evolves, we will be sure to share updates on our progress!

    Heather Hammitt