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2019 Application for the Dennis Ryan Memorial Volunteer Award

    Applications are now being accepted for the annual Dennis Ryan Memorial Volunteer Award.  The deadline for submission is August 9, 2019 and the winner will be notified on August 15, 2019. 


    Dennis Ryan was described by one of our Board members as a man who "had 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. He frequently served as emcee or an exhibitor at our annual conferences. Dennis is greatly missed by all who knew him. We can think of no better way to honor is memory than to offer a scholarship to individuals in the HR field to help further their professional development. The award criteria is heavily weighted on 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 and is an active SHRM member may apply for the scholarship. 


    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.


    The winner will be notified no later than August 15, 2019. 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 2019 NYS Annual Conference. We will request that the winner provide a digital photo image to be used for promotional materials.

    Questions may be referred to:

    Date of application
    Name of HR Certification
    Certification Level
    Job Title
    Street Address
    Apartment, Suite, Building Number
    What city do you live in?
    What state/province/region do you live in?
    Daytime Phone Number
    Mobile Phone Number
    Yes or No
    SHRM Membership #
    Name of Local Chapter of SHRM
    Yes or No
    Local SHRM Membership #
    Yes or No
    Yes or No
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