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Lyn Boone Memorial Scholarship Program

2019 Application Deadline: October 4, 2019

While the HR Symposium serves as a valuable educational and networking forum, our main goal is to further advance the development of the Human Resources profession through sponsorship of The Lyn Boone Memorial Scholarship program. The HR Symposium is a non-profit organization, and our planning team is made up of 100% volunteers. That means these scholarships are made possible through generous donations and your registration fees. To date, over $500,000 has been awarded to deserving students pursuing HR-related degrees.

The scholarship is open to qualifying students majoring in undergraduate level human resources (or related fields), as well as current human resources professionals who are continuing their education by obtaining additional HR certification or are in a graduate level program majoring in human resources, organizational development, or business administration. This scholarship program is only available to students living in Northern California, but they can be obtaining a degree from a university anywhere in the United States. Newly certified professionals, currently enrolled students, as well as 2019 graduates, are eligible to apply.

Download application template and instructions

2017 Scholarship Winners

2018 Winners

In 2018, HR Symposium awarded  $30,000 in scholarships to:


Mitchell Gurick - University of San Francisco (MSOD)

Oceane Brouard – San Jose State University (BSHR)

Karina Ayala – Cal State Stanislaus (BSHR)

Karina Vals – San Jose State University (BSHR)

Brittany Guzman – Cal State Stanislaus (BSHR)

Megan Opfer – San Jose State University (MS I/O Psych)

Sean Hofman – University of San Francisco (MSOD)



Apply for a 2019 Scholarship

We are now accepting 2019 scholarship applications. Click here to download the 2019 Scholarship application templates and instructions. 


All scholarships application submissions must include the following items:

  1. Application cover sheet

  2. Statement of professional goals

  3. Copies of academic transcripts or proof of certification/World at Work class completed)

  4. Resume, including volunteer and extracurricular activities

  5. Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which from a professor

  6. Optional:  Submit additional information about yourself (example - a YouTube video, website link, etc.)


Scan all of the required documents listed above (except for the letters of recommendation) as one PDF document using the following naming convention: LastName_FirstName_HRS2019Scholarship.pdf


Upload the PDF document via the submission form below no later than October 4, 2019. By hitting the submit button, you assert that all information contained in your scholarship application is true and correct. Please ask the individuals who are writing your letters of recommendation to submit them here. 


If you have any questions regarding the scholarship application process or have trouble submitting your application, please contact  


Letters of Recommendation

Thank you for writing a letter of recommendation for a deserving student!


Click here to download the Letter of Recommendation instructions


Instructions for submitting a letter of recommendation:

  1. Download and review the Recommendation Letter Instructions for the complete information required for your applicant to be considered for a Lyn Boone scholarship.

  2. Prepare, print and sign the letter.

  3. Scan the signed letter and save it as a PDF using the following naming convention: 


  4. Complete the simple form below and upload your letter no later than October 4, 2019. 


By hitting the submit button, you assert that all information, including contact information, contained in your letter of recommendation is true and correct and that you are the applicant's evaluator and author of the letter. 


If you have any questions regarding the process or have trouble submitting your letter, please contact .  





Letters of Recommendation

University Outreach

Professors and their students may be eligible to attend the 2019 HR Symposium for free!


Our mission is to advance the growth and development of the HR profession in Northern California, and a huge part of that is investing in the future through our scholarship program and celebrate the bright, young minds who will take us forward.


Our University Outreach program is an additional venue for professors and their students to attend the HR Symposium for free as our guests or for a low students rate, depending on available seating. We believe having students and members of local universities present add to the collective knowledge and experience at each year's event, as well as provides opportunities for students to network with HR professionals.

To be eligible for the program, you must be a current instructor or student participating in a degree program; either a BS or MS/MBA with a major/concentration in human resources, organizational development, industrial/organizational psychology, or similar. If you are interested in learning more about the HR Symposium Outreach program, please fill out the contact form below.


University Program

Donate to the Scholarship Program

If you would like to make a donation to the Lyn Boone Scholarship Program and make difference in the lives of future HR professionals, please click the donate button below. Thank you for your support! 


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Lyn's Legacy

Lyn's Legacy

Lyn Boone was one of the early members of the HR Symposium Steering Committee. She served as its chairperson and later became a member of Human Resources, Inc.’s Board of Directors. Lyn's distinguished career included roles as Intel’s Corporate Staffing Manager, Lee Hecht Harrison’s Vice President of Client Relations, and Cadence Design Systems’ Senior Staffing Manager. It was during this time Lyn took ill and ultimately left her legacy. We honor her memory through the scholarship program. 

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