For Immediate Release Contact: Joanna Climer, 847-768-3404, jeclimer@asse.org
The UPS Foundation Donates $35K to The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation Scholarship Program
Des Plaines, IL (December 14, 2009) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation recently received a $35,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE:UPS). The donation will fund six $5,250 scholarships along with an opportunity for recipients to attend ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference and Exposition, SAFETY 2010, to be held June 13 – 16, 2010, in Baltimore, MD.

Four of the six scholarships, the David Iden Memorial Safety Scholarships, are awarded to undergraduate junior- or senior-year students working toward a degree in safety, health and the environment (SH&E). Two of the six scholarships include the UPS diversity scholarships, which are awarded to junior- or senior-year students from a minority ethnic background pursuing an undergraduate degree in SH&E.

““We are very excited that UPS has one again agreed to support the Foundation and help us provide assistance in the way of scholarships to deserving students in the field of safety,” said ASSE Foundation Chair Eddie Greer, CSP, OHST. “It is with the loyalty and support of companies like UPS that we continue to make a difference”.

Scholarship applicants must be full-time students pursuing a B.S. in occupational safety and health or a related field. Applicants must be student members of ASSE, have a GPA of 3.0 in a 4.0 system, be in good academic standing and be recommended by a safety faculty member. Students are invited to apply annually for scholarships through the ASSE Foundation from September through December 1st.

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, GA, The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: non-profit effectiveness, economic and global literacy, encouraging diversity, community safety and environmental sustainability.

In 2008, The UPS Foundation distributed $46.9 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations or programs such as the ASSE Foundation and provide support for building stronger communities.

“The UPS Foundation is committed to funding impactful programs that make a meaningful difference in our communities – so we are proud to support the ASSE Foundation’s efforts to provide education funds for future occupational safety, health and environmental professionals,” said Ken Sternad, president of The UPS Foundation.

The ASSE 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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