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St. Norbert College Student Wins Society for Human Resource Management Foundation Scholarship

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From St. Norbert College, October 28, 2019
by Hailey Barron,, 920-403-3089

St. Norbert College junior Kailey Koponen (Green Bay, Wis.) was recently awarded a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship worth $2,500. The scholarship is highly competitive, with only 21 available to more than 16,000 SHRM student members.

“This scholarship was such a blessing, as it is a symbol of all of my hard work paying off. I am the only individual in my family to attend a four-year university or college, and I want to make everyone (including myself) proud,” said Koponen. “I was unsure if HR was the right path for me, but this just shows that I am right where I am supposed to be, which is exciting news in itself. Receiving the scholarship is not just about receiving money for me; it reassures that others see me as having potential for the future of our society.”

Scholarship recipients were chosen on the basis of their commitment to the HR profession; involvement in volunteer, leadership and service activities; financial need; and academic achievement.

“Kailey is a truly dedicated student who deftly balances the rigors of a St. Norbert education with a strong work schedule,” said Matt Stollak, associate professor of business administration at St. Norbert College. “Her passion for human resources is clearly demonstrated with her current position as intern with the St. Norbert College
HR office, as well as her attendance at the 2019 Wisconsin SHRM state conference this month. It is no surprise that Kailey was one of the recipients of the award.”

In her professional career, Koponen aspires to challenge her business team to grow in new and creative ways. She wants to be a motivator in the workplace, growing professionally and personally every day, she says.

The SHRM Foundation is a nonprofit affiliate of SHRM. It is committed to elevating and empowering HR as a social force through its innovative solutions to workplace
inclusion challenges, through programming designed to inspire and empower the next generation of HR leaders, and by awarding scholarships and professional-
development grants to educate and develop students and HR professionals.

For more information, contact Stollak at or 920-403-3490.

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