For Immediate Release Contact: Joanna Climer, 847-768-3404, jeclimer@asse.org
American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation Announces Availability of Numerous Scholarships, Grants Worth Thousands for the 2010 Academic Year
Des Plaines, IL (September 8, 2009) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation recently announced the availability of more than $100,000 in scholarships and professional development grants for the 2010 academic year, including one new scholarship and one new grant. The deadline for submitting applications is December 1, 2009.

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. Grants are available to safety professionals wishing to advance their professional credentials in safety.

The two new awards through the ASSE Foundation 2010 Scholarship & Professional Development Grant Program include the $1,000 ASSE Heart of America Chapter Scholarship and the $1,000 ASSE Gulf Coast Chapter Professional Development Grant. The Heart of America Chapter scholarship will give priority to students attending the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO; Pittsburgh State University in Pittsburgh, KS; those attending university in KS or MO; or those attending a university within ASSE’s Region V (IA, IL, KS, MN, MO, NE and WI), in that order. The Gulf Coast Chapter grant will provide financial assistance to ASSE members who wish to advance their education through ASSE certification preparation workshops, ASSE professional development seminars or symposia, or the ASSE Professional Development Conference (PDC) in Baltimore, MD in 2010. The grant also includes Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) certification fees, including application and exam fees. ASSE Gulf Coast Chapter members and Region III (AR, OK and TX) members will have priority to receive the grant.

There are some changes to existing awards. Liberty Mutual increased their funding to include two $4,500 Liberty Mutual Scholarships that include attendance to the ASSE PDC. The ASSE Arizona Chapter added a second scholarship, now offering two $2,500 William C. Ray Arizona Scholarships. In addition, the ASSE Central Indiana Chapter increased its scholarship funding to one $2,000 Central Indiana Jim Kriner Memorial Scholarship.

Other scholarships include two $4,650 CNA Foundation Scholarships, one $4,650 Flatiron Construction Safety Scholarship and three $4,000 Bechtel Group Foundation Scholarships for Safety & Health. Washington Division of URS also sponsors one $5,000 Washington Division of URS Safety Scholarship that includes attendance to ASSE’s PDC and an internship opportunity. Marsh Risk Consulting is sponsoring one $1,000 Marsh Risk Consulting Scholarship.

There are three $2,500 scholarships sponsored by the Texas Safety Foundation, the Texas Safety Foundation Scholarship, the George Gustafson HSE Memorial Scholarship, and the Charlie Darnell HSE Memorial Scholarship. The Greater Boston Chapter is offering two Greater Boston Chapter Leadership Awards, one $1,000 scholarship and one $2,000 scholarship. One $3,000 Medina Scholarship for Hispanics in Safety will also be offered in 2010 for students who are bilingual in Spanish and English.

Several $2,000 scholarships include: the two ASSE Middle Tennessee Chapter sponsored scholarships, Harold F. Polston Scholarship and Keith Bain Scholarship; two ASSE Northeastern Illinois Chapter Scholarships; and the Kennith D. Brock Distinguished Service Award Scholarship. There is also a $1,500 Linda & Brad Giles Scholarship and two $1,200 PDC Scholarships sponsored by ASSE’s practice specialty groups, which provide students’ attendance to ASSE’s PDC in Baltimore.

In addition, there are several $1,000 scholarships available in 2010, including: the America Responds Memorial Scholarship (in memory of 9/11 victims); ASSE Construction Safety Scholarship; ASSE Diversity Committee Scholarship; BCSP – John E. Russell Scholarship; CCHEST Scholarship; Columbia-Willamette Chapter President Scholarship; Gold Country Section & Region II Scholarship; Greater Baton Rouge Chapter – Don Jones Excellence in Safety Scholarship; Greater Chicago Chapter Scholarship; Gulf Coast Past President’s Scholarship; Harry Taback 9/11 Memorial Scholarship; North Florida Chapter Safety Education Scholarship; Permian Basin Chapter Endowment; Puget Sound Chapter Martin Brown Memorial Scholarship; Region IV – Edwin P. Granberry Scholarship; Scott Dominguez – Craters of the Moon Chapter Scholarship; Southwest Chapter Roy Kinslow Scholarship; Warren K. Brown Scholarship; and two $1,000 graduate awards, the James P. Kohn Memorial Scholarship and the Thompson Scholarship for Women in Safety.

Applicants for scholarships 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. Students also may receive subsequent awards from year to year.

Additional grants available in 2010 include: the $4,000 Delmar E. Tally Professional Development Grant; $3,000 Medina Professional Development Grant; $2,500 Texas Safety Foundation Professional Development Grant; $2,000 Terrance M. Hennessy Professional Development Grant; and the $1,000 Thomas & Dorothy Reilly Professional Development Grant. These grants include the availability of various awards up to a total of the grant amounts. To be eligible for grants, recipients must be ASSE members, except for the Texas Safety Foundation grant which is open to all safety and health professionals.

Grant and scholarship recipients will be notified on or around April 1, 2010.

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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