Veteran and military spouses given new opportunities


Jeff Falk

Avery Ruxer Franklin

Veteran and military spouses given new opportunities
Rice’s Glasscock School partners with Schlumberger to award scholarships

HOUSTON – (Jan. 27, 2020) – A dozen spouses of veterans and active duty military personnel will be awarded scholarships to train for careers in human resources thanks to a partnership between Schlumberger and Rice University’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.

Pictured left to right: Courtney Tardy, Director of Development, GSCS; Mary Lynn Fernau, Director, Executive and International Programs, GSCS; Nick Tran, Head of Global Veteran Affairs & Programs, Schlumberger Limited; Robert Bruce, Dean, GSCS; David Vassar, Assistant Dean, Professional and Executive Programs, GSCS


The scholarship students will participate in Glasscock’s Human Resource Management Certificate program, which will prepare them for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) certification exam. The course will provide them with the skills needed to succeed in what’s now a rapidly growing field; SHRM, the world’s largest professional society for human resources, reports that more than 5,000 employers are seeking to hire its credential-holders each month.

Schlumberger’s Global Veterans Affairs and Programs division connected with the Glasscock School through Combined Arms, an organization of nonprofits serving veterans. Combined Arms had already engaged with the Glasscock School last fall to pilot its new leadership development certificate.

“This is a great opportunity for the Glasscock School to continue working both with Combined Arms and with Rice’s longtime corporate partner, Schlumberger,” said Robert Bruce, dean of the Glasscock School. “We are thrilled to participate in this program, and to serve those who have committed themselves to serving us all.”

The students will receive 36 hours of classroom instruction over the course of 12 weeks.

“Schlumberger is an active member of second lady Karen Pence’s committee for military spouses,” said Nick Tran, head of Global Veterans Affairs and Programs at Schlumberger. “One of the initiatives of this committee is to provide military spouses with career development and mentorship so that they can be more marketable on the job market. A career in human resources is extremely versatile and opens the door for military spouses in any industry.

“Breaking into HR can be a daunting task without certain certifications,” he added. “The SHRM course at Rice University will provide the knowledge needed for military spouses to earn their SHRM CP/SCP (Certified Professional/Senior Certified Professional certifications).”

Applications are now being accepted for any of the sections offered this spring and will close when the last course begins April 9. Military and veteran spouses can apply at

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About Avery Ruxer Franklin

Avery is a media relations specialist in the Office of Public Affairs.