The UPS Foundation Donates $35K to the ASSE Foundation Scholarship Program
Des Plaines, IL (January 4, 2011) — The American Society of Safety Engineers’ Foundation (ASSEF) recently received a $35,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE:UPS). The donation will fund six $5,250 scholarships, along with an opportunity for recipients to attend ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference and Exposition, Safety 2011, to be held June 12-15, 2011, in Chicago, IL, at McCormick Place for ASSE’s 100th Anniversary celebration.
Three of the six scholarships will be awarded under the new Gerry Eaker Memorial Scholarship fund, sponsored by UPS. The fund honors the memory of Gerry Eaker, a long-time UPS manager. These three scholarships will be awarded to junior or senior year students working toward a degree in safety, health and the environment (SH&E). The remaining three scholarships will be awarded through the UPS diversity scholarship program. These scholarships are awarded to junior or senior year students from a minority background pursuing an undergraduate degree in SH&E.
Scholarship applicants must be full-time students pursuing a B.S. in occupational safety and health or a related field. Applicants must be student members of ASSE, have a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, be in good academic standing and be recommended by a safety faculty member. Students are invited to apply annually for scholarships through the ASSE Foundation and can apply from September through December 1 of each year.
Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, GA, The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, the UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: non-profit effectiveness, economic and global literacy, encouraging diversity, community safety and environmental sustainability.
In 2009, The UPS Foundation distributed nearly $43.6 million worldwide. “The UPS Foundation is committed to funding impactful programs that make a meaningful difference in our communities, so we are proud to support the American Society of Safety Engineers’ Foundation and its efforts to support students in their endeavors in the field of safety, health and the environment,” said Ken Sternad, president of The UPS Foundation.
The ASSE Foundation, established by and in partnership with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), 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 www.asse.org/foundation.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and 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 go to www.asse.org.