Human resource management student wins competitive scholarship

Contact: Riley Lukomski
Holly Harmon

WMU business student Holly Harmon

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Holly Harmon, a student at Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business, recently won a competitive Junior Achievement $2,500 scholarship from the Society of Human Resource Management. The merit-based scholarship is intended to help students realize that the education they are getting today will help them have a bright future tomorrow.

Harmon of Saline, Michigan, was selected for the scholarship based on her accomplishments, scholastic ability and leadership potential. Judges were impressed with her application, stating she is an ideal candidate for the award. Some of Harmon’s accomplishments and leadership positions include:

  • Serving as vice president of professional development for the Society for Excellence in Human Resources, WMU’s chapter of SHRM.
  • Participating in the Harvard Business School Summer Venture in Management Program.
  • Being selected for the Forbes Under 30 Scholars program.
  • Completing two internships with the Washtenaw County Road Commission.
  • Working as a resident assistant for WMU's Residence Life and Housing Services.
  • Earning second place, as part of a team, in the state HR Games hosted by the Michigan Society for Human Resource Management.
  • Volunteering at WMU's Zhang Career Center and the Saline District Library.

"This scholarship provides me with support to continue to develop as a human resource management professional without the pressure of financial debt sitting squarely on my shoulders," Harmon says. "I am grateful to the SHRM for seeing my potential and choosing to support my studies. Being recognized by this nationally-recognized organization that empowers professionals in HR is extremely important to me. In addition, I am excited to bring attention to the Haworth College of Business’s exceptional HR program."


The Society for Human Resource Management is the world's largest human resource professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the organization has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of human resource professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. The Society for Human Resource Management has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. The WMU chapter, known as the Society for Excellence in Human Resources, strives to enhance the potential of its members by providing them with the tools necessary to excel in human resource management and other fields in the business world.

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