Karl B. Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship

We are now accepting scholarship applications from Central Texas undergraduate and graduate students preferably pursuing a degree in human resources or a related business degree.

Karl Zimmerman played an active role in helping advance the Human Resources profession in Austin, Texas. After graduating in 1971 from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, he moved to Austin and was elected President of Austin Personnel Association in 1977 (now Austin SHRM). During his tenure as President, he advocated for the funding of scholarships for students seeking careers in human resources.

In 1992, the Executive Committee voted to fund two scholarships for students studying human resources. In 1994, the committee voted to name the scholarships the “Karl B. Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship” in memory of Karl, and as a tribute to his efforts to develop future human resources leaders. The committee also wanted to recognize Zimmerman’s dedication to the field of human resources. In 2017, the AHRMA Board of Directors elected to award one $2,000 scholarship to an undergraduate or graduate student.

Over the years, thousands of scholarship dollars have been awarded to students who have demonstrated academic excellence, and an interest in selecting a career in the field of human resources.

2021 Zimmerman Scholarship Dates:

Application Opens: October 11, 2021

Application Deadline: November 8, 2021

Recipients Notified By: November 22, 2021

Recipients Recognized At Austin SHRM Meeting: December 2, 2021


Click on the link below to apply:


Meet the 2020 Recipients!


Delaney Morton - Texas State University

Management with Human Resource Management Focus

- "Thanks to the Zimmerman Scholarship, I'm excited to continue pursuing my academic career and have the opportunity to eventually enter the HR field a prepared and qualified professional."


Matthew May - Western Governor's University

Human Resources Management

- "I am honored to be a recipient of the Karl B Zimmerman Scholarship. This scholarship will be instrumental in fulfilling my mission as a Human Resource professional; that mission is to reverse the stigma around an HR department and be an integral part of an employee's success."


Katie Hayden - Tarleton State University

Human Resources Management

- "So very thankful to AHRMA for supporting HR professionals in their efforts to advance their education and HR knowledge. I greatly appreciate AHRMA's commitment to developing HR leaders in the Austin HR community!"


Renee Pelzl - Concordia University

Business Administration with a Concentration in Human Resources Management


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