WorldatWork to Offer HR Professional Scholarships Based on Need and Merit

January 13, 2010 — Washington, D.C. — WorldatWork, a global human resources association, has announced the launch of a scholarship program for HR professionals around the world. The scholarship aims to help HR practitioners obtain designations as Certified Compensation Professionals, Certified Benefits Professionals, Global Remuneration Professionals or Work-Life Certified Professionals. WorldatWork designations are known throughout the HR and rewards community as marks of expertise and excellence in all areas of rewards. WorldatWork Career Center data show that 83% of employers look for certification when recruiting HR professionals. Nearly 17,000 HR practitioners have attained a WorldatWork designation since certification was introduced in 1976.

A one-year scholarship package includes free WorldatWork Premier membership, access to e-learning courses and materials, and all related exam fees.

“With the current state of the economy, we feel a responsibility to give back to the profession and help our colleagues retool,” said Anne C. Ruddy, CCP, president of WorldatWork. “Making the commitment to invest in professional development will surely help job seekers in a very competitive marketplace. For rewards professionals, it’s an ideal time to pick up new skills, fine tune existing knowledge and develop new competencies.”

WorldatWork scholars may take any certification preparation courses offered under the new WorldatWork e-learning platform. This new modular-based format is self-paced and allows trainees to: a) skip and select content areas as needed, (b) pick up where they left off, and (c) go directly to specific sections of content for review before testing. Exams can be applied toward a WorldatWork designation.

Scholarship applicants must submit a 200-word essay describing the importance of certification to their HR career as well as an explanation of financial need. They must provide a letter of reference from their current supervisor, or if unemployed, their last supervisor or HR colleague, recommending the individual and the need for scholarship consideration. They also must have performed an HR practitioner role for at least two years. For a complete list of eligibility criteria, visit

Applications for a WorldatWork scholarship will be accepted online beginning in January. Scholarships are open to both WorldatWork members and non-members practicing HR anywhere in the world.

To apply, visit

About WorldatWork®
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WorldatWork is a global human resources association focused on compensation, benefits, work-life and integrated total rewards to attract, motivate and retain a talented workforce. Founded in 1955, WorldatWork provides a network of more than 30,000 members and professionals in 75 countries with training, certification, research, conferences and community. It has offices in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Washington, D.C.

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