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Dennis Ryan Memorial Volunteer Award

    Applications are now being accepted for the annual Dennis Ryan Memorial Volunteer Award.  The deadline for submission is May 31, 2018.

    Apply for the Dennis Ryan Memorial Volunteer Award.

    Dennis Ryan was described by one of our Board members as a man who “had a personality that was larger than life.” Through the years, Dennis dedicated hours of his personal and professional time to volunteering and advancing the Human Resources profession.
    Dennis was a very active board member for multiple SHRM affiliated NYS chapters and was always extremely supportive of the State Council frequently serving as an MC and Exhibitor at our annual conferences. Dennis will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
    We can't think of a better way to honor his memory than to offer an award to be used for an individual’s professional development in the HR field with award criteria heavily weighted by volunteerism.


    The winner will receive one full NYS Annual Conference registration, lodging expenses for Sunday and Monday evening, if necessary, transportation reimbursement, and meals covered for Sunday-Tuesday.  See the application for more details on expense reimbursement.


    Any individual who is actively employed in the field of Human Resources who resides in, or works in, the state of New York may apply for the scholarship. 

    Selection Committee

    All applications will be reviewed by the NYS SHRM State Council Director, Director-Elect, and a sub sampling of District Directors who also serve as award champions. A points based system will be utilized. Points will be awarded for volunteer roles with New York State SHRM, an affiliated local chapter, and in local community organizations. Applicants will also be evaluated based on their responses to the questions on the application.

    Award Presentation

    The winner will be notified no later than June 16, 2018. The selection committee will work with the winner to arrange for conference and hotel registration and to approve travel expenses. The winner will make their own travel arrangements and reimbursement will be arranged through the selection committee. The formal announcement will occur at the 2016 NYS Annual Conference. We will request that the winner provide a digital photo image to be used for promotional materials.

    Apply for the Dennis Ryan Memorial Volunteer Award.

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