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ASSE’s Middle Tennessee Chapter Announces Eight Local Scholarship Winners

Posted in on Tue, Jun 29, 2010

Des Plaines, IL (June 29, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Middle Tennessee Chapter members are proud to announce their 2010 scholarship recipients. In addition to two $2,000 awards distributed to students in conjunction with the ASSE Foundation (ASSEF), the Middle Tennessee Chapter Scholarship Committee has awarded six additional $1,000 scholarships, bringing the chapter award total to $10,000 for 2010.

The $2,000 Harold F. Polston ASSEF Middle Tennessee Chapter scholarship went to Lauren Hobbs of Murray State University in Murray, KY, and the $2,000 Keith Bain scholarship went to Jenna Lake, also of Murray State. The six $1,000 chapter scholarship recipients are Martika Shanel Clark, Michael Jerry Franklin, Jacob Hagan, Zhichao Emma Jiang and Joe Eugene Tarry IV of Murray State University, as well as Yunhee Julie Im of Middle Tennessee State University.

When asked about her accomplishment, Yunhee Julie Im, a master’s degree student studying engineering technology in occupational safety and health, commented, “Receiving this award is a testament to the hard work and sacrifices that are made to pursue a higher degree. The safety, health and environmental profession is more important now than ever. We need to be prepared to protect and provide safety for our environment and in our workplaces for the benefit of employees and the public.”

The six $1,000 scholarships will be awarded at the Tennessee Safety and Health Congress on Monday, August 2, at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Murfreesboro, TN.

Ron A. Kirsch, PhD and Chair of the Middle Tennessee Scholarship Committee, stated, “Each of these scholarship recipients have met high academic and eligibility requirements and have excelled in a challenging occupational safety and health program. On behalf of the scholarship committee, congratulations to the winners.”

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to For more information about the Middle Tennessee Chapter and the Tennessee Safety and Health Congress, please visit

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