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Scholarship for Families of Workplace Fatality Victims Unveiled at Safety 2013

Posted in on Tue, Jun 25, 2013

LAS VEGAS – Former Secretary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), John Henshaw and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation today announced the formation of the Family Scholarship Fund that will offer college tuition for students impacted by a workplace fatality. The announcement came at Safety 2013, ASSE’s annual professional development conference, taking place this week in Las Vegas, NV.

The scholarship is open to the spouses and children of those who have died in a workplace incident as a way to minimize the financial impact of their loss, while encouraging continuing education.

“There are so many things a family needs after losing a loved one. But one of the most crucial elements of long-term stability in any person’s life is access to a good education,” Henshaw said speaking at Safety 2013’s Opening General Session Tuesday.

Henshaw, who has made the Family Scholarship Fund his primary initiative, has personally contributed $10,000. In addition, both ASSE and the Foundation have matched Henshaw’s gift for a total of $30,000 to go toward the scholarships, with the first award coming this fall.

In addition, Henshaw encouraged ASSE members and the general safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professional community to honor the families of those lost by contributing to the fund, which has a goal or raising $1 million by June of 2015.

“We cannot bring back the lives lost, but we can do our part to ease the loss,” he said.

For more information, or to apply for the Family Scholarship Fund visit



The ASSE Foundation established by and in partnership with ASSE, generates funding and provides resources for scholarships, applied research, academic accreditation and related academic initiatives in order to advance the safety, health and environmental profession.  For information on the Foundation and its programs, visit

Founded in 1911, the Chicago-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 35,000 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

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