Congratulations to Our Scholarship Recipients

2021 Recipients


2020 Recipients
Mercedes Bailey (Q1)
Jasmine Hobley (Q2)
William Huynh (Q2)
Alia O'Neill (Q3)
Regan Pullen (Q3)
Will Harolds (Q4)
Amanda Manesh (Q4)

2019 Recipients
Sarah Edwards (Q1)
Shemelle King (Q2)
Patricia Sartori (Q3)
Tasha Strickland (Q3)
Tara Castaneda (Q4)


Certification Scholarships for Compensation and Benefits Professionals

Houston Compensation and Benefits will award quarterly WorldatWork course scholarships to HC&B members for the period of January 2021 to December 2021. The awards program is designed to assist compensation and benefits professionals in meeting their professional development goals.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2021


Current HC&B members in good standing are eligible to apply. Courses must be used towards a new certification(s) and not for CEU credits for existing certifications or to reinstate a certification that has lapsed. 

HC&B Board of Directors, Administrators, and Texas Total Rewards Conference Alliance Representatives are not eligible. 

How to Apply

Scholarship candidates must submit the following items before 5:00 pm CST June 30, 2021 to [email protected]:

      • 300 word or less essay describing the importance of certification to your HR career development. Include an explanation of why the scholarship is needed.
      • A letter from your current supervisor (or your last supervisor or professional HR colleague if you are currently unemployed) recommending you and supporting the need for scholarship consideration.
      • Resume or CV including work history for the past five years.

Scholarship recipients will be personally contacted by a member of the HC&B Board of Directors by July 15, 2021. All applications that were not selected for a scholarship will be notified via email by July 15, 2021. The scholarship committee consists of the HC&B Board of Directors. The committee has sole discretion in selecting the scholarship recipients. All decisions are final. 


One WorldatWork certification course scholarship recipient will be chosen each quarter. The recipient will notify HC&B of their selected course (valued at up to $1,500 per course) and HC&B will coordinate directly with WorldatWork to cover the cost. Scholarships must be used within one year of award notification, or be forfeited.

Scholarship Testimonials

"With my Houston Compensation & Benefits Association scholarship, I was able to attend the Variable Pay (C12) course. My employer’s professional development budget is always limited because it is a small firm so the financial help to get this training is invaluable to me. I now have confidence in designing my own employee incentive programs and I was able to create a small network of contacts from course attendees on whom I can tap for advice and anecdotal support. This is what makes my work credible. For me, classroom learning is priceless. Thank you, HC&B!"

Erica C.

"I consider myself really lucky to have been chosen for the 2015 Houston C&B Scholarship. I am really grateful for the generosity. It enabled me to finish my certification faster. I will be acquiring the CBP certification this year. Without the scholarship it would have taken me a year longer."

Annie D.

"Because of HC&B’s scholarship I was able to gain valuable insight and further my personal career in compensation and benefits. I would not be in a position to make a difference within my organization if it was not for the stewardship and opportunity that HC&B provided."

Tyler B.

"The scholarship was a gift I could not pass up. Since I already had my CCP, I applied the funds as a springboard to ACCP designation by taking the prerequisite Business Acumen course. The application process was quick and easy. And my management was thrilled that the budget remained untapped. I encourage anyone seeking certification status to seize the opportunity and take advantage of the HC&B award."  

Lindsey H.

“I wanted to express my gratitude to the Houston Compensation and Benefits Association, and its sponsors, for making the Certification Scholarship program available to members!  As a recent recipient of a scholarship, I think it’s important that other members recognize the opportunity that was created for them!   In my experience, I found the application process simple and straight-forward.  Plus, the Association’s flexibility of applying scholarship award dollars towards my CCP coursework was quite helpful!  I was able to complete two CCP courses through self-study at the cost of one classroom course!"

"I would strongly urge any member, serious about their role in compensation or benefits, to take the time and apply for the scholarship when it is announced again, next year!  There’s a good chance you might be selected!” 

Josh N.

"The scholarship from Houston Compensation and Benefits allowed me to take the Quantitative Methods course toward my CCP. As we all know it can be hard to gather the necessary funds to pay for these valuable courses. I'm so thankful that HC&B helped to further my career through this scholarship opportunity!"

Sean G.

"I applied for the HC&B scholarship last fall. Once I received the notice that I was selected for the scholarship award, I chose the class of my interest and the team registered me immediately. The entire process was seamless! The WorldatWork materials were relevant and the instructor allowed open, practical discussions that was beneficial in understanding the information." 

"I would definitely apply for the Scholarship again!"   

Keisha E.