For Immediate Release Contact: Joanna Climer, 847-768-3404, jeclimer@asse.org
American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation Announces New Safety and Health Scholarship Named in Honor of Dedicated Safety Volunteer
Des Plaines, IL (November 24, 2008) — In a continuing effort to support students pursuing degrees in safety, health and the environment (SH&E), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation recently announced the availability of a new $1,000 scholarship, the Council on Certification of Health, Environmental and Safety Technologists (CCHEST) – Patrick J. Conroy Scholarship, funded by CCHEST.

CCHEST established the new scholarship with an initial contribution of $8,000. The ASSE Foundation will offer the $1,000 award as part of its 2009 scholarship package and the first recipient will be announced on April 1, 2009. The new scholarship is available to both graduate and undergraduate students pursuing degrees in occupational SH&E or a closely related field.

Though the name of the scholarship will change each year, the first year it is named in honor of Patrick J. Conroy, OHST, CHST, who is currently a special assistant to the Board for CCHEST. Previously, he served as CCHEST’s program director and held various positions on the CCHEST Board from 2000-2005, including Board President. Conroy has worked in the safety and health field for nearly 40 years and in the past served as vice president of King and Neel in Honolulu, HI, where he directed business development and service delivery of risk control services throughout the Pacific-Rim. He has received numerous awards and honors for his professional volunteer activities including: Veterans of Safety Fellow; National Safety Council’s (NSC) Distinguished Service to Safety Award; recognized by the State of Hawaii’s 20th Legislature for his innovative safety programs in 2000; and receiving the Life Time Achievement Award from the Hawaii Governor in 2006.

“We are honored to award the first ever Patrick J. Conroy Scholarship to a deserving student in April,” said ASSE Foundation Chair Stephen Bennett. “CCHEST chose to name the scholarship after Conroy for both his efforts to encourage professional development and for his contributions to the profession. The ASSE Foundation hopes that Conroy’s contribution to the profession will inspire future safety professionals to emulate his achievements with help from this scholarship.”

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 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.
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