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Scholarship Program Frequently Asked Questions

Q: If I want to apply for more than one scholarship, do I need to fill out more than one application?
A: No, by completing our online application, you will automatically be considered for all awards.

Q: Are there separate applications for your undergraduate and graduate scholarship programs?
A: No, we are using one combined online application form.  Please fill out the areas relevant to your status. 

Q: When is the deadline for this application?
A: December 1, 2014, 11:30 p.m.  Your application must be 100% complete before submitting.  If any section’s bar does not read 100%, the system will not allow you to submit your application. 

Q: Can I fax or e-mail my application?
A: No, you must complete and submit your application online.

Q: Do I need to upload the official transcript?
A: Official transcripts are strongly preferred but not required. Whatever you submit, make sure it is legible and easy to read. If we can’t read the transcript, we can’t confirm your coursework and grades. If we can’t confirm your coursework and grades, we can’t award you a scholarship.

Remember to upload ALL your transcripts. If you are applying for a graduate scholarship, include your undergraduate transcripts. If you have taken coursework at multiple universities, make sure your transcripts confirm ALL safety coursework you’ve taken.

Q: Most of our awards are for students majoring in occupational safety, health and the environment and closely related degrees.  What do you consider "a closely-related degree" and can you provide me with some examples?
A: The core degrees would be those in occupational safety, health, and environment, industrial hygiene or occupational health nursing. 
If your degree is not specifically an OH&S degree, you are still eligible to apply for our scholarships. If you do, it is your responsibility in your application to make the case to our committee about why your program or your focus relates to our mission.
You should make the case in the narrative section, calling attention to safety-related coursework, involvement with an ASSE student chapter, work experience, etc. If applicable, your letter of recommendation should also help you make the case. Demonstrating a vested interest in safety will deem you eligible for our scholarships.

Q: How many hours do I need to complete to be eligible for the undergraduate program?
A: You must have completed 60 semester hours (prior to the December 1, 2014 deadline) and be enrolled in at least 12 or more semester hours of a safety degree program (or closely-related field) to be eligible for most of the undergraduate scholarships.  If you are a part-time student, you must be enrolled in at least 3-11 undergraduate level semester hours.

Q: When must I graduate in order to be eligible for your scholarships?
A: Students applying for Foundation undergraduate or graduate must graduate in May 2015 or later.

Q: I am applying for a graduate scholarship.  How many hours do I need in order to be eligible?
A: Full-time students: You must be enrolled in nine (9) graduate level semester hours or more.
    Part-time students: You must be enrolled in at least 3-8 graduate level semester hours or more.

Q: I am currently enrolled to begin a graduate program and have no GPA or transcript yet.  What should I do?
A: Please submit your official enrollment letter from a safety-related graduate degree program as well as an in-progress fall 2014 transcript. Make sure you have at least nine graduate credits in-progress.  Don’t forget to include transcripts from your undergraduate program.

Q: Are your scholarships offered to non-U.S. citizens?
A: Yes, non-U.S. citizens are eligible for all of our scholarships except: the America Responds Memorial Scholarship, the UPS Diversity Scholarship and the Harry Taback 9/11 Memorial Scholarship. 

Q: I'm a senior in high school, am I eligible for any of your awards?
A: No, you must be enrolled in a safety degree program and have completed at least 60 undergraduate semester hours.  Get involved in an ASSE student chapter, start building your resume, and check back with us in a few years.

Q: My grade point average is under the required criteria (3.0 for undergraduate and 3.5 for graduate).  Would I still be eligible to apply for your awards?
A: No, you must meet the minimum grade point average requirements (a 2.98 GPA will not be rounded up to a 3.0 GPA).

Q: Do I need to be an ASSE member in order to be eligible for your scholarships?
A: ASSE membership is not required, but it is strongly preferred. A one-year student member costs only $15 and is a worthwhile investment.

Q: How do I apply for ASSE membership?
A: Contact ASSE's Customer Service Department at 847-699-2929 or visit us online at

Q: If I am selected for an award, how will I be notified and when will I receive the funds?
A: Award recipients will be notified by email in April 2015.  In addition, the award recipients' names will be posted on the Foundation website. You can expect to receive a check by the end of May.  You will not be contacted if you are not selected for an award. You can log into the application and check the status of your application at any time.

Q: If I already received a Foundation scholarship in previous years, am I eligible to apply again?
A: Yes, students are eligible to receive subsequent awards.

Q: I am pursuing an associate degree in occupational safety & health or a closely related field.  Am I eligible for your scholarship program?
A: You must be enrolled in at least 12 or more semester hours and have completed 24 semester hours toward your degree.