Recognizing Excellence in Public Sector HR

Each year at the International Training Conference, IPMA-HR recognizes the outstanding accomplishments best of the best [Converted]of our members and the work they do on behalf of their agencies. Our organization is home to many HR professionals who have given tirelessly to the advancement of our profession and/or who are leading agencies that are paving the way for advancements in the field of public sector HR.

Check out the list of some of our past winners.

As an IPMA-HR member, take a moment to consider nominating a colleague (or yourself) for one of our awards, fellowships or scholarships. The details for eligibility and applications are included in each individual description below.

Application Submission Instructions:
  • All applications are listed below in an editable PDF format.
  • Please upload your application(s) using the Awards Depot Button below.
  • You must submit your application as one document (Preferred formats: Adobe PDF/Microsoft Word - Max File Size - 2 MB).
  • Deadline for submissions is June 4, 2018
  • Having problems uploading your document(s)? Please contact us at (703) 549-7100.
Please contact us if you have any questions about the awards available below.

William F. Danielson Conference Scholarship

2018 William F. Danielson Conference Scholarship Application

Applications are available in spring 2018.

Established in 2013, this scholarship was created in memory of IPMA-HR past-president and longtime member, William F. Danielson. The conference scholarship is sponsored jointly by "The HR Doctor," Phil Rosenberg (IPMA-CP), and IPMA-HR.

The William F. Danielson Conference Scholarship is awarded to a member of IPMA-HR — individual member of a covered staff member (CSM) of an IPMA-HR agency member — who has less than five years of HR experience. The registration fee of the conference scholarship recipient is waived and $500 stipend is awarded to help with travel expenses to and from the conference.

This year's International Training Conference & Expo will be held September 20-26, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ.

Ronald Gabriel New HR Professionals Conference Scholarship

2018 Ron Gabriel Conference Scholarship Application

The Ronald Gabriel Conference Scholarship was established in memory of Ronald Gabriel, a longtime IPMA-HR member who left a bequest to the Association.

IPMA-HR will be awarding two Ronald Gabriel scholarships to new HR professionals for the 2018 IPMA-HR International Training Conference & Expo. To be eligible for this scholarship, an individual needs to be an IPMA-HR member — individual member or a covered staff member (CSM) of an IPMA-HR agency member — and have less than five years of HR experience. The value of each scholarship is up to $2,000 (your conference registration, $649.00 value, will be deducted from this amount), which can be used for hotel, travel, and meal expenses.

This year's International Training Conference & Expo will be held September 20-26, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ.

IPMA-HR Honorary Life Membership

2018 Honorary Life Membership Application

IPMA-HR Honorary Life Memberships are awarded to up to two members per year “who have rendered distinguished service in advancing or upholding the purposes of this organization,” as stated in IPMA-HR’s bylaws. Members who have held office or who have made significant contributions to IPMA-HR at the national, regional or chapter levels, or who have accomplished distinguished authorship or research or other professional achievements may be selected to receive an IPMA-HR Honorary Life Membership.

The award will be presented during the IPMA-HR International Training Conference awards ceremony. This year's conference will be held September 20-26 in Phoenix, AZ.

Agency Award for Excellence

2018 Agency Award for Excellence Application

The Association established this award to recognize the overall quality, accomplishments and contributions of an agency human resource program that exceeds the normal operation of a “good government human resource program.” Awards may be given in each of the following categories, based on the number of employees covered by your human resources program:

  1. Small Agency – Under 1,999 employees
  2. Medium Agency – 2,000 to 9,999 employees
  3. Large Agency – 10,000 and over

The awards are based on program initiatives, accomplishments and contributions within the three-year time period immediately preceding the nomination. Agencies nominated must be an IPMA-HR Agency Member with a minimum of three years consecutive membership.

The award will be presented during the IPMA-HR International Training Conference awards ceremony. This year's conference will be held September 20-26 in Phoenix, AZ.

Warner W. Stockberger Achievement Award

2018 Warner W. Stockberger Achievement Award Application

The Warner W. Stockberger Achievement Award recognizes and honors a person in public or private life who has made outstanding contributions in the field of public sector personnel management at the federal, state or local level. Recipients are chosen without regard to their membership status.

The award will be presented during the IPMA-HR International Training Conference awards ceremony. This year's conference will be held September 20-26 in Phoenix, AZ.

The Chapter Award for Excellence

2018 Chapter Award for Excellence Application

The Chapter Award for Excellence recognizes those chapters that significantly advance and enhance the human resources profession through innovative membership recruitment/retention strategies, excellent educational programs, and quality member communication.

All members from the winning chapter who attend the IPMA‐HR International Training Conference & Expo will be recognized during the awards ceremony. The winning chapters will receive the following:

  • Chapter Award of Excellence plaque
  • One complimentary 2018 IPMA-HR International Training Conference registration
  • One additional registration to the 2018 IPMA‐HR Leadership Conference
  • Recognition in IPMA‐HR’s publications

The award will be presented during the IPMA-HR International Training Conference awards ceremony. This year's conference will be held September 20-26 in Phoenix, AZ.


Scholarship Program

2018 Scholarship Application

IPMA-HR provides one-time scholarships of $1,000 to the children of IPMA-HR members who are seeking undergraduate degrees at accredited colleges and universities. Preference is given to students who are seeking degrees in human resource management or public administration. The parent or legal guardian of applicants must be a current member of IPMA-HR and have maintained membership for at least the last three years.

Graduate Study Fellowship Program

2018 Fellowship Application

IPMA-HR's Graduate Study Fellowship allows recipients to pursue graduate study in public administration, business administration, the law or a related field. In 2018, IPMA-HR will award up to $2,000 to each of two individuals seeking graduate degrees in the aforementioned fields. The Fellowship is renewable for a maximum of one academic year, subject to evidence of maintaining grades of B or better or a GPA of 3.0 or better. During the second year, fellowship recipients must remain a member of the Association. Ph.D. candidates are not eligible for the Graduate Study Fellowship.

This is a chance “not-to-be-missed” for eligible IPMA-HR members who have decided to continue their education. All eligible members are encouraged to apply.