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Advocate Scholarship

Establish an Advocate Scholarship or Professional Education Grant/Fund

Donors can establish an Advocate scholarship or professional education grant fund through the ASSE Foundation, the charitable arm of ASSE. Scholarships and grants advance the safety profession and provide national recognition for the donor. The Foundation manages the administrative details of this program and works with the donor to provide qualified award recipients each year.

The ASSE Foundation can administer an Advocate Scholarship/Grant Program where the donor contributes enough to cover the amount of the scholarship and the administrative fee for a one year period or more. These funds do not earn interest and are paid out to the recipient during the next scholarship cycle(s). This type of award suits the donor who does not want to establish a Visionary scholarship/grant.

What is the minimum contribution for an Advocate scholarship/grant?

$1,300; $1,000 is paid to the student and $300 for the administrative fee.  Under the grant program, the Foundation reserves the right to divide the $1,000 award amongst a few candidates based on the requests from the applicants.

How soon can you award the money I contribute?

We will award the scholarship during the next scholarship cycle or within 12 months, whichever comes first.

Does this type of fund earn interest?


How do I establish the award criteria?

The Foundation will assist you in developing your award criteria by providing you with an agreement to fill out and sign. You will need to determine the following:

  • Name of the award
  • Amount of the annual award
  • For a scholarship – type of degree program, level of student (grad or undergrad) and any restrictions (geographical, gender, diversity or university-based)
  • For a professional education grant – type of program (seminars, conferences, college coursework, ASP, CSP, etc.)

Who determines the award winners?

The Foundation has a Selection Committee chaired by a Trustee of the ASSE Foundation Board. The committee consists of several ASSE members whose charge is to review each application and rank applicants accordingly.

When does the Foundation's scholarship/grant cycle begin?

The ASSE Foundation's scholarship/grant cycle runs as follows:

August 1 Criteria due to ASSEF
September 1 Award Announcement
December 1 Student Applications Due
January 1 - March 31 Committee Review
April 1 Award Recipients Announced
May 1 Award checks sent to students

Is there a fee for this service?

Yes, for awards under $5,000, the annual fee is $300. For awards $5,000 and over, the fee is 7% of the annual award. This covers advertising, scholarship selection, mailing costs and publicity via our website and newsletters.

What type of publicity would I receive?

Your scholarship or grant fund may be advertised in Society Update, Professional Safety, the Advocate, at ASSE's annual conference, on the Foundation's website or using other suitable media. Information may also be distributed to the colleges & universities with safety degree programs as outlined on the ASSE website and to any school specified within the donor's criteria. When awards are combined, all donors will be recognized equally in all publicity.

How do I establish a scholarship or grant fund with the Foundation?

Please complete this application and send to Mary Goranson at 1800 E. Oakton Street, Des Plaines, IL 60018 or email to

If you have additional questions about an Advocate scholarship or grant program, please contact:

Mary Goranson, ASSE Foundation Manager, 847-768-3412 or