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The ASSE Foundation Announces Available Scholarships and Professional Education Grants for 2012

Posted in on Thu, Sep 1, 2011

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ Foundation (ASSEF) has announced the availability of nearly $170,000 in scholarships and professional education grants for the 2012 academic year, including six new scholarships and one new professional education grant.  The deadline for all applications is December 1, 2011.

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. Professional Education 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 six new scholarships for the 2012 academic year.  The Bervin Hall Memorial Award, sponsored by ASSE’s Colorado chapter; the Four Corners Chapter Scholarship; The Janet Sprickman Award, sponsored by the National Capital chapter; the Kittyhawk Educational Enhancement Scholarship; the Pekron Consulting Scholarship; and the Richard Buckley Doctoral Scholarship will all be available for the new school year.  The Bervin Hall Memorial Award will give priority to Colorado chapter members or students attending a school in ASSE’s Region II.  The Kittyhawk Educational Enhancement Scholarship will give priority to students attending Wright State University in Ohio.

There is also one new professional education grant available for 2012, the Manuel Campos Jr. Memorial fund, sponsored by ASSE’s New Mexico chapter. This grant will provide financial assistance to safety professionals who wish to advance their education through college coursework, educational seminars and educational conferences pertaining to the SH&E profession.  Preference will be given to ASSE members.

Other scholarships available for 2012 include: the America Responds Memorial Scholarship;  the Applications International Corporation Scholarship; the ASSE Construction Safety Scholarship; the ASSE Diversity Committee Scholarship; the ASSE Foundation Military Service Scholarship; the Bechtel Group Foundation Scholarship for Safety and Health; the BCSP Scholarship; the Blacks in Safety Engineering Scholarship; the Charlie Darnell HSE Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Texas Safety Foundation; the CNA Foundation Scholarship; the Flatiron Construction Christopher Gonzalez Memorial Scholarship; the George Gustafson HSE Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Texas Safety Foundation; the Gerry Eaker Memorial Scholarship sponsored by UPS; the Harry Taback 9/11 Memorial Scholarship; the ISNetworld Scholarship; the Jim and Tiffany Kreinbrink Scholarship; the Liberty Mutual Scholarship; the Linda and Brad Giles Scholarship; the Marsh Risk Consulting Scholarship; the Professional Education Conference Scholarship sponsored by the ASSE Practice Specialty Groups; the Rixio Medina and Associates Hispanics in Safety Scholarship; the SiteHawk Safety Scholarship; the Texas Safety Foundation Scholarship; the UPS Diversity Scholarship; the URS Safety Scholarship; the Valerie Overheul Distinguished Service Award Scholarship; the Warren K. Brown Scholarship.

ASSE chapters and regions also sponsor several scholarships annually.  Chapter and region sponsored awards include the ASSE Oklahoma City Chapter Scholarship; the Central Indiana ASSE Jim Kriner Memorial Scholarship; the Columbia-Willamette Chapter President Scholarship; the Georgia Chapter of ASSE Annual Scholarship; the Gold Country Section and Region II Scholarship; the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter Don Jones Excellence in Safety Scholarship; the Greater Boston Chapter Leadership Award; the Greater Chicago Chapter Scholarship; the Gulf Coast Past President’s Scholarship; the Harold F. Polston Scholarship, sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Chapter; the Heart of America Scholarship; the Keith Bain Scholarship, sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Chapter; the New England Area Future Leadership Award; the Northeastern Illinois Chapter 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 Utah Chapter ASSE Scholarship, the West Florida Chapter Scholarship; and the William C. Ray, CIH, CSP, Arizona Scholarship.

There are three awards for 2012 that are specifically for students pursuing a graduate degree in occupational safety and health, or a closely related field.  The James P. Kohn Memorial Scholarship, the Thomas W. Pollock Memorial Scholarship and the Thompson Scholarship for Women in Safety will be awarded to graduate students. 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, undergraduate applicants must have a grade point average (GPA) 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.  In most cases, ASSE student membership is preferred.

Additional Professional Development Education Grants for 2012 include: the Delmar E. Tally Professional Education Grant; the Gabriel Alvarado Professional Education Grant sponsored by Rixio and Alejandra Medina; the Gulf Coast Chapter Professional Education Grant; the Hawaii Chapter Professional Education Grant; the New England Area Chapters Professional Education Grant; the Prof. Robert J. Ferris, P.E., CSP Professional Education Grant sponsored by the Nutmeg Chapter; the Terrance M. Hennessy Professional Education Grant; the Texas Safety Foundation Professional Education Grant; and the Thomas and Dorothy Reilly Professional Education Grant. For more information on available professional education grants and requirements, please visit

Professional education grant and scholarship recipients will be notified on, or around, April 1, 2012.

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. For more information on the Foundation and its programs visit

Founded in 1911 and celebrating its centennial, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment.  Its more than 34,000 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, healthcare and education.  For more information, please go to and to view the new ASSE – A Century of Safety film go to



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