NWF State College student chapter receives award from national HR association

SHRM Merit Award

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has awarded a 2015-2016 Merit Award designation to the Northwest Florida State College student SHRM chapter for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its student chapter members.

The student SHRM chapter at Northwest Florida State College became a chapter in 2015 under the national SHRM and the local Emerald Coast Society for Human Resource Management. To become a member, a student must be enrolled at the college with at least six credit hours and be a member of the national SHRM. Keith Burns, a professor in project management, is the chapter advisor, and the Emerald Coast SHRM student liaisons are Laura Kirby and Brittany Commiskey with Landrum Human Resources.

The SHRM student chapter merit award program, which began in 1972, was created to encourage student chapters to require ongoing excellence in the following areas: student chapter requirements, chapter operations, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession, and SHRM engagement.

SHRM student chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle, which lasted from April 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016. 

“These chapters truly represent the future of the HR profession,” said Susan Post, SHRM-SCP, east divisional director at SHRM and the lead for SHRM’s student programs. “Their achievements go above and beyond their everyday academic and work commitments, and we applaud the positive impact their efforts have on their schools, their local communities and beyond.” 

SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 285,000 professional and 20,000 student members in over 160 countries, the association serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Scruggs, president of the Northwest Florida State College student SHRM chapter, at scruggs.meaaam@yahoo.com.


L-R: Lee Bolton (student chapter secretary), Laura Kirby, Brittany Commiskey (Emerald Coast SHRM student liaisons), Elizabeth Scruggs (president), Jacob Woorhams (treasurer), and Christiana Serban (vice president).