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Supporting Talent Acquisition Today & Tomorrow


The CXR Foundation is pleased to announce the expansion of its scholarships designed to support families and individuals in the talent acquisition industry. 

“We are thrilled to add the new Russ Mountain Memorial Scholarship to the CXR Foundation’s annual Scholarship offerings,” notes CXR Foundation President, Chris Hoyt. “Our two scholarship funds raised over $15,000 this year and we are excited about the impact that can make in the lives of our recipients.”

The 2024 CXR Foundation Scholarship winners are:

  • Receiving the INSPIRE Scholarship: Ysolina Hartzell, a senior at Florida Atlantic University planning to continue her career in Industrial Psychology with a focus on workplace wellness.
  • Receiving the Russ Mountain Memorial Scholarship: Alayna Bunch, a junior at the University of Kentucky planning to start her career as a recruiter. She’ll get a chance to learn more about that career with her internship this summer at Rowland Mountain & Associates.

Nearly 300 total applications were received this year and all were personally reviewed with 15 finalists going through an interview process. “This is the fourth year the CXR Foundation has been able to award scholarships,” adds CXR Foundation Scholarship Committee Chair Barb Ruess. “Each year we are blown away by the candidates and their journeys.” Tune into the CXR Recruiting Community Podcast on April 30th and May 14th to meet each of this year’s winners.  [Broadcast at 11am Central via livestream and available wherever you listen to podcasts.]

In August 2021, the CXR Foundation established a scholarship fund intended to support the post-secondary education of the children of talent professionals or talent professionals who are pursuing advanced degrees. The next submission process opens in December 2024 with the scholarships being awarded in May 2025. For more information about the CXR Foundation Scholarship see: