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The American Society of Safety Engineers’ Foundation Announces New Student Scholarships Available For 2009
Des Plaines, IL (September 10, 2008) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation recently announced the availability of thousands of dollars in scholarships for the 2009 academic year, including eight new awards. The deadline for submitting applications is December 1, 2008.

All available scholarships are for students pursuing a degree in occupational safety and health, safety engineering, safety management, occupational health nursing, occupational medicine, risk management, ergonomics, industrial hygiene, fire safety, environmental safety, environmental health or other safety-related fields. Scholarships range from general criteria to regional-based, diversity and specific areas of study within safety.

Applicants must be student members of ASSE, unless otherwise specified in the scholarship qualifications. Undergraduates must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 and have completed at least 60 semester hours towards their degree and be enrolled in 12 or more semester hours. Graduates must have a GPA of at least 3.5 out of 4.0, be enrolled in nine or more semester hours and have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0. There are also awards available for part-time undergraduate students, enrolled in less than 12 semester hours, and part-time graduate students, enrolled in less than nine semester hours. Students need only submit one application to be considered for the various scholarships. In addition, in an effort to allow more students to be eligible for awards, the graduation requirement has moved up to May 2009 or later, allowing graduating seniors to apply for scholarships. In addition, students are now eligible to receive subsequent awards from year to year. Nearly $123,000 in scholarships will be distributed.

The eight new scholarships include: the Texas Safety Foundation Scholarship and the Charlie Darnell HSE Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Texas Safety Foundation, each worth $2,500; the $2,000 Keith Bain Scholarship sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Chapter; the $1,500 Linda and Brad Giles Scholarship; and the Columbia-Willamette Chapter President Scholarship, the Greater Chicago Chapter Scholarship, the New England Area Future Leadership Award, and the Puget Sound Chapter ASSE Scholarship each worth $1,000.

There are four UPS sponsored $5,250 David Iden Memorial Safety Scholarships and two $5,250 UPS Diversity Scholarships available this year. To qualify for the UPS Diversity Scholarship students must be of a minority ethnic or racial group and must be a United States citizen. Each of the UPS scholarships includes the possibility to attend ASSE’s professional development conference SAFETY 2009 in San Antonio, TX from June 28 – July 2, 2009.

The $5,000 Washington Division of URS Safety Scholarship also includes an opportunity to attend SAFETY 2009 and an internship opportunity. Applicants must attend a school with an ASAC/ABET accredited safety program to qualify.

Two $4,650 CNA Foundation Scholarships are also available this year as well as one $4,650 Flatiron Construction Safety Scholarship. Preference for the Flatiron scholarship will be given to students studying a program emphasizing construction safety.

Three Bechtel Group Foundation Scholarships for Safety & Health are also available and are worth $4,000 each. Priority will be given to students with an emphasis in construction safety attending Murray State University in Murray, KY; Montana Tech in Butte, MT; or University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO.

Two $3,000 Liberty Mutual Scholarships are also offered this year and include an opportunity to attend ASSE’s conference in San Antonio. There is also a $3,000 Medina Scholarship for Hispanics in Safety available to Hispanic students who are bilingual in Spanish and English. Students attending an ASAC/ABET accredited safety program will also receive preference for the scholarship.

The Texas Safety Foundation is sponsoring one $2,500 award, the George Gustafson HSE Memorial Scholarship, with priority given to students residing in Texas or attending a Texas university. The Middle Tennessee Chapter is sponsoring the $2,000 Harold F. Polston Scholarship. Priority for this scholarship will be given to applicants that belong to the Middle Tennessee Chapter, attending Middle Tennessee State University, Murray State University and students who live in ASSE’s Region VII (IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, and WV). There is also a $2,000 Lawrence Oldendorf Distinguished Service Award Scholarship and a $2,000 William C. Ray, CIH, CSP Arizona Scholarship available this year.

Several ASSE chapters have also sponsored scholarships this year. There is a $2,000 Georgia Chapter of ASSE Annual Scholarship available to Georgian residents and a $2,000 Northeastern Illinois Chapter Scholarship, with priority given to students attending Northern Illinois University, Northeast Illinois Chapter members or children of members, or students attending a school in the northeaster region of IL. There are two Greater Boston Chapter Leadership Awards, one for $1,000 and one for $2,000. Priority for the Boston awards will be given to members from the following ASSE chapters: Greater Boston, Connecticut Valley, Granite State, Maine, Nutmeg or Worcester County, or any student who is a child or spouse of any ASSE New England Chapter member, or a student member of the ASSE New England Student Section.

The $1,500 Central Indiana ASSE Scholarship is also available with priority given to Indiana residents attending school in Indiana or anywhere in the U.S. or to non-residents attending an Indiana university. There is also a PDC Scholarship for $1,200 sponsored by the ASSE Practice Specialty Groups. This scholarship provides registration to the full ASSE Professional Development Conference, SAFETY 2009, including airfare, hotel and meals. Student must apply and meet the basic criteria of an ASSE Foundation undergraduate scholarship.

There are two $1,000 scholarships available in remembrance of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The America Responds Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of the ASSE members that died in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S. U.S. citizenship is required for this award. In addition, the Harry Taback 9/11 Memorial Scholarship was established by the daughters of Harry Taback --Tracy, Cheryl & Lori. A resident of Staten Island, NY, Taback was among the thousands of people who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks.

Other $1,000 scholarships available this year include: the ASSE Construction Safety Scholarship, ASSE Diversity Committee Scholarship, Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) – Michael Orn Scholarship, Gold Country Section & Region II Scholarship, Greater Baton Rouge Chapter – Don Jones Excellence in Safety Scholarship, Marsh Risk Consulting Scholarship, North Florida Chapter Safety Education Scholarship, Region IV – Edwin P. Granberry Scholarship, Scott Dominguez – Craters of the Moon Chapter Scholarship, Southwest Chapter Roy Kinslow Scholarship, and the Warren K. Brown Scholarship. Also, there are two $1,000 scholarships available only to graduate students, the James P. Kohn Memorial Scholarship and the Thompson Scholarship for Women in Safety. Visit for a full listing of application criteria.

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, 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
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