HR Symposium awards $30,000 to eight top candidates

HR Symposium 2013

SANTA CLARA CONVENTION CENTER—The HR Symposium Scholarship Committee awarded $30,000 in scholarships to eight deserving California students this year, thanks to funds raised from attendance at the annual half-day conference.

The Lynne Boone Memorial Scholarship program was created in 1994 to support promising students pursuing human resource careers and has awarded more than $330,000 to students pursuing HR-related bachelor or graduate degrees.

The program was named in honor of one of the early members of the HR Symposium Steering Committee who served as chair and as a member of the Board of Directors of Human Resources, Inc. Boone’s distinguished career included working as corporate staffing manager for Intel Corp., vice president of client relations for Lee Hecht Harrison and senior staffing manager for Cadence Design Systems.

One of the guiding principles that Boone held dear was to consider each candidate’s passion for the industry and experiences in addition to their academic accomplishments. Boone loved her work. She believed that the best HR leaders are grounded in a broad range of life experiences and urged each of us to continue learning.

“Unfortunately Lynn became ill and ultimately left us her legacy,” said Deanna Fairchild. “When selecting candidates, the committee has always strived to look beyond academics to Boone’s “guiding principle” and balance academics with passion and life experience.

The committee studied 25 applicants this year, finally settling on eight deserving students.

Scholarship recipients, who are pursuing their bachelor’s degree and received a $3,000 scholarship award, include: Christopher Manuel, Elizabeth Gomez and Mandip Sekhon of San Jose State University; Stephanie Hockett of California State-Stanislaus; and Lauren Taylor of University of Phoenix.

Three other recipients, Michael Welsh and Kate Morris, both of UC Berkeley and Erica Paul of Santa Clara University, are currently pursuing master’s degrees and received $5,000 scholarship awards.

“Their passion for the field and their extracurricular activities could represent a budding leader who will be an asset to any organization by bringing a lot more than facts and theories into the workplace,” Deanna Fairchild said.  “It is in considering this balanced approach that we strive to recognize budding leaders.”

“It was a very tough process to select candidates, and we wish you great success in continuing your education and your career,” Fairchild said.

Scholarship Committee members included Deanna Fairchild, HR business partner at LSI, Dianna Wilusz executive consultant and cofounder of The Pendolino Group, Stephanie Ferguson, HR director at Kabam, and Natasha Hoady, HR director at SuccessFactors.

The Committee hopes to increase its scholarship program each year and encouraged attendees at the Symposium to meet the stellar applicants and offer them jobs.

Scholarships are available to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in Human Resource degree-related programs in California as well as HR professionals enrolled in MBA programs with the objective of advancing in the HR field. Scholarship awards start at $3,000 and are awarded annually at the discretion of the Symposium Scholarship Committee. Applications will be received throughout the year. For more information, go to


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