Bookmark and Share

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ Foundation Announces Nearly $170,000 in Scholarships and Grants for the 2011 Academic Year

Posted in on Wed, Sep 1, 2010

Des Plaines, IL (September 1, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers’ Foundation (ASSEF) has announced the availability of nearly $170,000 in scholarships and professional development grants for the 2011 academic year, including seven new scholarships and three new grants. The deadline for all applications is December 1, 2010.

All available scholarships are for students pursuing a degree in occupational safety and health, safety, safety engineering, safety management, occupational medicine, risk management, ergonomics, industrial hygiene, fire safety, environmental safety, environmental health or other safety-related fields. Scholarships all require different criteria, such as region, diversity and specific areas of study within the safety field. Grants are available for safety professionals working to advance their education or obtain professional credentials in safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professions.

There are seven new scholarships for the 2011 academic year. The $1,000 ASSE Foundation Military Scholarship will give priority to students that have served in the military. The Central Indiana ASSE Jim Kriner Memorial Scholarship will provide one $3,000 award and two $1,000 awards for Indiana residents attending school anywhere in the U.S. or to non-residents attending an Indiana university. Students who attend Indiana University and Indiana State University will receive priority for the two $1,000 scholarships. The Linda and Brad Giles Scholarship will provide two $1,500 awards to students attending a school with an ASAC/ABET accredited safety program and priority for the second award will be given to an Iraq or Afghanistan veteran. The SiteHawk Safety Scholarship will provide a $1,000 award and the ASSE Oklahoma City Chapter Scholarship will provide a $1,000 award to a student attending the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK. The Thomas W. Pollock Memorial scholarship is a $1,000 award that will be given to a graduate student pursuing a PhD with intent to teach safety studies at the undergraduate or graduate level. The West Florida Chapter Scholarship will provide a $1,000 award to West Florida Chapter members or to students attending the University of South Florida.

There are also three new professional development grants available for the 2011 academic year. The Prof. Robert J. Ferris, P.E., CSP Professional Development Grant is sponsored by the ASSE Nutmeg Chapter and will provide financial assistance to ASSE members who wish to advance their education through ASSE Certification Preparation Workshops (ASP, CSP, CHST or OHST), BCSP certification fees and the CLCS and OSHA Training Institute Courses 500, 501, 510 and 511. Priority will be given to Nutmeg, Connecticut Valley and New England Area Chapter members. The Hawaii Chapter Professional Development Grant will provide two $500 awards to ASSE members who wish to advance their education through ASSE professional development seminars, symposia, the ASSE Professional Development Conference or ASSE Certification Preparation Workshops. Hawaii Chapter members will have priority for the award. The New England Area Chapters Professional Development Grant will provide two $500 awards with priority given to Region VIII New England Area Chapter members to pursue advancing their education with ASSE professional development opportunities or Certification Preparation Workshops.

Other scholarships available for 2011 include one $6,000 URS Safety Scholarship which includes a conference and internship opportunity, four $5,250 Gerry Eaker Memorial Scholarships sponsored by UPS, two $5,250 UPS Diversity Scholarships, two $4,650 CNA Foundation Scholarships, one $4,650 Flatiron Construction Safety Scholarship and three $4,000 Bechtel Group Foundation Scholarships for Safety and Health.

Two $4,500 Liberty Mutual Scholarships are also available. These awards provide students with funding, as well as an opportunity to attend ASSE’s Professional Development Conference, Safety 2011, June 12-15, in Chicago, IL.

There is one $3,000 Rixio Medina & Associates Hispanics in Safety Scholarship, one $2,500 Texas Safety Foundation Scholarship, one $2,500 Charlie Darnell HSE Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Texas Safety Foundation, one $,2500 George Gustafson HSE Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Texas Safety Foundation and two $2,500 William C. Ray, CIH, CSP Arizona Scholarships.

Several $2,000 scholarships for 2011 include: the David G. Kraemer Distinguished Service Award Scholarship, the Harold F. Polston Scholarship, the Keith Bain Scholarship sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Chapter, two Greater Boston Chapter Leadership awards and two Northeastern Illinois Chapter Scholarships.

$1,500 awards include the ASSE Construction Safety Scholarship, the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter Don Jones Excellence in Safety Scholarship and the New England Area Future Leadership Award. Two $1,200 PDC Scholarships, sponsored by the Practice Specialty Groups, will provide awardees with accommodations, registration and meals at ASSE’s 2011 Professional Development Conference in Chicago, IL, June 12-15.

$1,000 awards for 2011 include: the America Responds Memorial Scholarship; the ASSE Diversity Committee Scholarship; the BCSP Paul S. Adams Professional Scholarship; the BCSP Bradley D. Giles Technician/Technologist, Supervisory Scholarship; the Columbia-Willamette Chapter President Scholarship; the Gold country Section and Region II Scholarship; one Greater Boston Chapter Leadership Award; the Greater Chicago Chapter Scholarship; two Gulf Coast Past President’s Scholarships; the Harry Taback 9/11 Memorial Scholarship; the Heart of America Scholarship; the ISNetworld Scholarship; the Marsh Risk Consulting Scholarship; the North Florida Chapter Safety Education Scholarship; the Permian Basin Chapter Endowment; the Puget Sound Chapter Martin Brown Memorial Scholarship; the Region IV Edwin P. Granberry Scholarship; the Scott Dominguez Craters of the Moon Chapter Scholarship; the Southwest Chapter Roy Kinslow Scholarship; the Georgia Chapter Scholarship; the Utah Chapter ASSE Scholarship; and the Warren K. Brown Scholarship.

Three awards are available specifically for students pursuing a graduate degree. These $1,000 scholarships include the James P. Kohn Memorial Scholarship, the new Thomas W. Pollock Memorial Scholarship and the Thompson Scholarship for Women in Safety. Other awards may apply to graduate students as well. Please visit to view the complete list of scholarships and criteria.

To be eligible for the scholarship program, applicants must be student members of ASSE unless otherwise noted in the award criteria. Undergraduates must have a grade point average (GPS) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and have completed at least 60 semester hours toward their degree and be enrolled in 12 or more semester hours. Graduate students must have a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, be enrolled in nine or more semester hours and have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. There are also awards available for part-time undergraduate students enrolled in less than 12 semester hours and for part-time graduate students enrolled in less than nine semester hours. Students need only submit one application to be considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible.

Additional Professional Development Grants for 2011 include: various Gabriel Alvarado Professional Development Grants sponsored by Rixio and Alejandra Medina beginning at $650; up to $1,000 in various Gulf Coast Chapter Professional Development Grants; up to $5,000 in various Terrance M. Hennessy Professional Development Grants; two Thomas and Dorothy Reilly Professional Development Grant awards up to a total of $1,000; various Delmar E. Tally Professional Development Grants at $500-$800 each totaling up to $3,000; and the Texas Safety Foundation Professional Development Grant for up to $,3500 in various awards.

Professional Development Grant and Scholarship recipients will be notified on or around April 1, 2011.

The ASSEF, 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 more information about the Foundation and its programs, please visit

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 got to

Search Releases

Search our press release database.