PARK RIDGE, Illinois — Thanks to a growing group of generous donors, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation is celebrating a record year by awarding more than $303,000 in scholarships and grants to 116 students and society members. The Foundation announces its annual recipients every April in support of the occupational safety and health (OSH) profession nationwide.
Specifically, $281,750 in scholarships was awarded to 90 students pursuing OSH degrees at 48 universities throughout the country. Another $21,915 in professional education grants was awarded to 26 ASSE members looking to further their safety credentials in 20 society chapters.
“The Foundation thanks the ASSE community for its generous display of support,” said Foundation Chair Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP. “Thanks to our donors, we were able to increase scholarship and grant funding by 10 percent in 2017. We are proud to be able to help so many pursue their dreams of higher education in occupational safety and health.”
This year’s distribution tops the Foundation’s previous record of $275,000 in scholarships and grants from 2016. A complete list of the 2017 recipients can be found on the Foundation’s web page at http://foundation.asse.org/scholarship-and-grants-recipients/2017/.
Scholarship applications are open to students earning OSH degrees who have completed at least 60 hours of safety-related coursework with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Grant applications are open to anyone seeking additional professional education in the safety field.
“We do this because safety matters,” Hill said. “We want to play a key role in developing tomorrow’s occupational safety leaders while supporting research that expands the knowledge of the safety community. It’s only because of the generosity of our partners that we can provide such valuable resources.”
Longtime corporate donors supporting the scholarship program include FabEnco, ISNetworld, Liberty Mutual, Parsons, ProcessMAP, SafeStart, Southern Company, Texas Safety Foundation, UPS and WorkCare. Joining as a new contributor this year is United Rentals. The Foundation’s Impact Scholarships, which range from $10,000 to $15,000, are sponsored by Applications International Corporation, BCSP and Bechtel Corporation, all working to significantly change students’ lives.
The Foundation – the charitable arm of ASSE that was chartered in 1990 – receives contributions from society members and their families, its chapters and regions, and corporations motivated to support the OSH profession. It provides resources for educational advancement, leadership development and research opportunities. For more information on the Foundation and its programs, visit www.asse.org/foundation.
About ASSE – Working together for a safer, stronger future
For more than 100 years, the American Society of Safety Engineers has been at the forefront of helping occupational safety and health professionals protect people and property. The nonprofit society is based in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge. Its global membership of more than 37,000 practitioners covers every industry, developing and implementing programs that prevent fatalities, injuries and illnesses. ASSE advances its members and the safety profession through education, advocacy and standards development. Its flagship publication, Professional Safety, has been a leader in the field for more than 50 years. Visit www.assp.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
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Originally published April 5, 2017.