Karl B. Zimmerman Scholarship

We are now accepting scholarship applications from Central Texas undergraduate and graduate students preferably pursuing a degree in human resources or related business degree.

Karl Zimmerman played an active role in helping advance the Human Resources profession in Austin, Texas.  He graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas in 1971. In 1977, he moved to Austin, and was elected President of Austin Personnel Association, which later became Austin Human Resource Management Association (AHRMA). During his tenure as President, he advocated for the funding of scholarships for students seeking careers in human resources.

The Executive Committee voted to fund two scholarships for students studying human resources in 1992. In 1994, the same committee voted to name the scholarships the “Karl B. Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship” in memory of Karl, and as a tribute to his dedication to the field of human resources, and his efforts to develop future human resources leaders. In 2017, the AHRMA Board of Directors elected to award one $2,000 scholarship to an undergraduate or graduate student.

Over the years, thousands of scholarship dollars have been awarded to students who have demonstrated academic excellence, and an interest in selecting a career in the human resource arena.

Because of our amazing Austin SHRM community, we were still able to provide 4 scholarships in 2020. Below are the winners along with a few words from them.


Delaney Morton - Texas State University

Management with Human Resource Management Focus

- "Thanks to the Zimmerman Scholarship, I'm excited to continue pursuing my academic career and have the opportunity to eventually enter the HR field a prepared and qualified professional."


Matthew May - Western Governor's University

Human Resources Management

- "I am honored to be a recipient of the Karl B Zimmerman Scholarship. This scholarship will be instrumental in fulfilling my mission as a Human Resource professional; that mission is to reverse the stigma around an HR department and be an integral part of an employee's success."


Katie Hayden - Tarleton State University

Human Resources Management

- "So very thankful to AHRMA for supporting HR professionals in their efforts to advance their education and HR knowledge. I greatly appreciate AHRMA's commitment to developing HR leaders in the Austin HR community!"


Renee Pelzl - Concordia University

Business Administration with a Concentration in Human Resources Management


2021 Zimmerman Scholarship Dates Coming Soon.

  • Application Opens - TBD
  • Application Deadline - TBD
  • Recipients Announced & Notified - TBD

Click on the link below to apply:

Karl B. Zimmerman Scholarship Application


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