College Relations


The college relations committee endeavors to assist institutions of higher education with Human Resources programs to develop student led professional chapters. These student chapters expose students to educational, career and professional opportunities to explore human resources as an area of study and career choice. Student chapters are fostered and supported by Middle Tennessee SHRM (MT|SHRM) through professional resources and membership dues subsidies.

If you are interested in the College Relations Committee or volunteering with one of our universities, please contact Kim Williams.

For volunteer opportunities, please contact Blake Browder.

Active Affiliate Chapters for 2020-21


Middle Tennessee State University
Belmont University
Lipscomb University
Tennessee State University
Vanderbilt University, Peabody College

*for information on how to contact the chapters, please contact Kim Williams.

Student Membership

Congratulations on taking the next step in your journey to becoming an HR Professional! We look forward to having you join Middle TN SHRM (MT|SHRM), and becoming an active member of our chapter. Student membership with MT|SHRM is limited to students enrolled in one of our Affiliate Student Chapters (see above) or for current SHRM National Student members. Student membership is free for Local-only members or current SHRM National Student members and $25.00 for those wishing to join SHRM National in addition to the local MT|SHRM chapter. Open enrollment for student members will occur bi-annually from September 15 – October 20 and again from March 1 – March 31. All MT|SHRM memberships are anniversary based and will expire 1 year from your date of enrollment.

Spring open enrollment is now closed.

If you are planning to join SHRM National as a Student member, in addition to becoming a member of MT|SHRM, you will need to pay ½ of the $50 fee for Student SHRM members; the remaining ½ of which will be paid by MT|SHRM. Eligible students will receive information regarding thier SHRM National Student membership with instructions on how to complete your SHRM National online application when each open enrollment window closes. For questions regarding your SHRM National Student membership, once it has been activated, please contact the SHRM office at 800- 283-7476.

Student Discounts

Reduced National SHRM Membership Dues

♦ MT|SHRM will pay ½ of student dues ($25.00) provided dues are processed through the MT|SHRM website, and the individual is a current member of one of the Affiliate Student chapters listed above.

Reduced Monthly MT|SHRM meeting attendance

♦ $9.00/$14.00 for regular meetings for active Student members of MT|SHRM, depending on whether it is a breakfast or lunch meeting.

♦ $12.00/$17.00 for regular meetings as a late registration or walk-in, for active Student members of MT|SHRM, depending on whether it is a breakfast or lunch meeting.

Reduced fees for other MT|SHRM events

Mentor Program

♦ Program starts in October each year and runs through April of the following year. The mentor program partners student members with MT|SHRM professionals, and gives the students a chance to learn through their mentor's personal experience in the HR field. Click the link below for more information.

MT|SHRM Student Conversion Membership

♦ Convert to Professional membership for ½ dues within 6 weeks of graduation ($64.50 Local only member).

To take advantage of these student member discounts, or inquire about eligibility requirements contact your Chapter Faculty Advisor, University Liaison or College Relations Chair Kim Williams for more information on taking advantage of the discounts.

Scholarship Applications 

♦ Scholarship application for Graduate and Undergraduate (Junior level or higher). **SCHOLARSHIP APP click here.

Student Scholarships are due by November 12, and will be announced at the December Volunteer and Awards meeting.

Eligibility Requirements:

♦ Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in Human Resource related degree program (graduate or undergraduate) at a college or university within the Middle Tennessee area
♦ Junior standing in degree program for undergraduate applicant
♦ Current MT|SHRM Student member

Application Requirements:

♦ Completed Student Scholarship application
♦ Current copy of resume
♦ List of current and past extracurricular activities (including SHRM chapter involvement)
♦ Brief essay discussing your career goals and why you believe you should be selected for the scholarship. Also, explain your financial need for this scholarship. Maximum of two typed pages, double spaced.
♦ Two letters of recommendation – One from an active MT|SHRM Chapter Member preferred, but not required
♦ One official copy of your graduate or undergraduate transcript in sealed envelope.
For more information, contact Kim Williams.

Guest Speakers

Our universities are always looking for guest speakers. If you have an interest in speaker for a meeting or a webinar at one of our universities, please contact Kim Williams on how to participate. 

For More Information

For information on how to start a student chapter, go to and select community and student programs or contact Kim Williams.