MHRM Student Erika Ortiz Is Named A Scholarship Recipient

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Erika Ortiz, a student at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey’s graduate program in human resource management, was recently named the 2013 graduate student recipient of the Garden State Council - Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Human Resource Leadership Scholarship. Ortiz was selected based on her personal statement, work experience, HR career plans, volunteer activities, and academic achievements. She will receive $1,000 as her award and will be honored at the Garden State Council Conference in October.

Erika Ortiz, a SMLR student in the graduate program in human resource management, was named the 2013 graduate student recipient of the Garden State Council--€“Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Human Resource Leadership Scholarship. 

“I can’t thank the Garden State Council-SHRM enough for this scholarship, which will help me further my education in a field that is constantly increasing in importance and that I absolutely love," says Ortiz.

Erika Ortiz studies human resource management at Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations. This year she will serve as president of Rutgers Society of Human Resource Management (RU SHRM)’s graduate chapter. Recently, she helped to establish the society’s undergraduate student chapter at Rutgers.

This accomplishment helped RU SHRM to receive the 2013 Outstanding Student Chapter Award for the second consecutive year, accepting a total of three Outstanding Awards in the past four years. In addition, Ortiz is the former president & founder of the Monmouth University Human Resources Club and is currently a sourcing team member in talent acquisition at Johnson & Johnson.

“I chose to study HR at Rutgers because I am interested in examining the link between business strategy and HR. Working with an award-winning student chapter has been a fantastic experience,” says Ortiz. “I now have the honor of leading this prestigious organization, and I can’t wait to contribute to the chapter’s success through the number of initiatives and events that we have planned for this upcoming year.”

Sponsored by the Garden State Council of the Society for Human Resources Management, the Human Resource Leadership Scholarship is designed to develop strategic leadership in human resources. Scholarships are awarded to support current and aspiring HR professionals pursuing a human resource management graduate or undergraduate degree at eligible institutions of higher education.

Up to two scholarships are awarded each year. Each scholarship, one to an undergraduate student and one to a graduate student, are in the amount of $1,000 to be used towards an educational activity that will enhance the recipient's human resources leadership capability.

“I could not have received this award without all of the professors, colleagues, family and friends who have helped me along the way. I certainly could not have done this without the help of RU SHRM,” says Ortiz.