TEXAS SAFETY FOUNDATION AWARDS MAJOR GIFT TO AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION
SEATTLE, WA (June 14, 2006) – The Texas Safety Foundation (TSF), based in Austin, TX, announced today at the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Professional Development Conference and Exposition that it had approved a $100,000 donation to the American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation (ASSEF). This contribution will enable ASSEF to award $4,000 each year in perpetuity. These awards will fund scholarships for students pursuing degrees in occupational safety and health and professional development grants for ASSE members wishing to advance their professional credentials. ASSE student members and ASSE members that hail from the state of Texas will receive priority on these awards.
According to ASSE Foundation Manager Mary Goranson this is the largest one-time donation in the Foundation’s history. The ASSE Foundation was founded in 1990. Houston resident Eddie Greer, CSP, ASSE Past President and trustee for the TSF presented the donation to ASSE Foundation Chair Kennith D. Brock, CSP, at the annual meeting.
“The TSF Board is very proud to play a major role in making a difference in the lives of students, the future of our industry,” Greer said today.
Additionally, ASSE members –individual and chapters –donated $53,000 directly to the Foundation during the annual membership meeting.
The TSF was established in 1964 for the encouragement and support of safety and health initiatives in Texas. Over the years, it has funded scholarship programs, the safety-related portion of Texas’ 4-H Competition, the Texas Youth Safety Program, the Safe Kids Campaign and a Rural Heroism Award.
The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation, established by and in partnership with the American Society of Safety Engineers, generates funding and provides resources for scholarship, applied research, academic accreditation, and related academic initiatives in order to advance the safety, health, and environmental profession.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and has more than 30,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members who manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. For more information please check ASSE’s website at www.asse.org.