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Houston Family Makes Significant Contribution to American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation’s Hispanic Safety Scholarship & Professional Development Grant

Posted in on Tue, May 15, 2007

Des Plaines, IL (May 15, 2007) — Rixio and Alejandra Medina, of Houston, today donated another $20,000 to the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation to establish a second $2,000 scholarship under the Medina Scholarship for Hispanics in Safety and endow the professional development grant recently established.
Rixio Medina, CSP, is an ASSE member. The Medinas have made several contributions to the ASSE Foundation over the years towards the Medina Scholarship for Hispanics in Safety and for the Medina Professional Development Grant to help ASSE members enhance their career. In response to the Medina’s Foundation gift, the CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Medina’s employer, donated $7,500. Combined, the Foundation will receive a total of $27,500 from the Medinas and CITGO.
The Medina Scholarship for Hispanics in Safety is a scholarship for bilingual safety and health graduates and undergraduates, which addresses the needs of a growing Hispanic workforce. The scholarship is for bilingual students pursuing a degree in safety, fire protection, industrial hygiene or a related field. ASSE student members can submit their applications for scholarships to the ASSE Foundation from September through December each year.

The Medina Professional Development Grant provides financial assistance to ASSE members wishing to advance their education through ASSE Certification Workshops (ASP, CSP, CHST, OHST), ASSE Professional Development Seminars or Symposia or the ASSE Professional Development Conference. This grant also includes BCSP certification fees. Each year, various awards of $650 each up to a total of $2,000 per year will be awarded. ASSE members can apply from September through December each year.

A certified safety professional (CSP) and vice president of health, safety, security, environmental protection and shared services at CITGO, Medina is a former member of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board and has more than 29 years of safety and health experience in the petrochemical industry. He served two terms as safety representative on the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) and also served as the ASSE vice president of professional affairs.

Chartered in 1990, the ASSE Foundation is committed to ensuring the future of the occupational safety and health profession by providing financial resources to individuals and organizations. Funding for the Foundation comes from corporations and voluntary donations from ASSE members for applied safety research, scholarships, fellowships, internships and professional development. For more information on the ASSE Foundation programs and to apply visit

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest and largest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Go to for more information.

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