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Legacy Scholarship

    The Agassiz Valley Human Resources Association (AVHRA) Legacy Scholarship was created in memory of Human Resources professionals who were members of AVHRA at the time they passed away.

    Member Name Year of Death
    Bonnie Guttormson, SPHR 2016
    Sharon Connell, SPHR, SHRM-SCP 2015
    Brenda Cossette, SPHR 2013
    Bruce Lake, SPHR 2008
    Margie Kopp, PHR 2005






    These dedicated professionals were leaders in their field, at their jobs and in their communities. They served on SHRM and SHRM affiliate chapter boards and committees, and at the state and national level. They mentored fellow HR practitioners and served as role models for everyone aspiring to or working in Human Resources. Each one exemplified the vision of improving business by strengthening the competencies of HR professionals. They were dedicated to professional excellence and fully supported their peers by encouraging them to seek certification. Both Brenda Cossette and Sharon Connell were recipients of the North Dakota Award for Professional Excellence, Brenda being the only two-time recipient of the award.

    In honor of the professional dedication and commitment of these past members, current and retired AVHRA members created a scholarship fund to assist post-secondary students pursuing a Human Resources-related degree.

    For consideration, scholarship applications must be submitted or postmarked by October 31. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by December 31. Scholarship dollars will be awarded by January 31 of the following year. Scholarship amounts may vary between $500 and $1,000 based on the number of applicants who are awarded scholarship funds.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    Currently enrolled and attending a Fargo-Moorhead post-secondary institution and is:

    • A  secondyear student enrolled in a two-year HR program; OR
    • A junior/senior enrolled in a HR or related bachelor’s degree program; OR
    • A Master’s student enrolled in a HR or related business program, and
    • Has a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, and

    • Is not receiving reimbursement for education expenses from another source such as a current employer or full scholarship

    Click here for an AVHRA Legacy Scholarhship Application