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ASSE Foundation Announces 37 Safety Scholarship Recipients
Des Plaines, IL (April 4, 2007) — In its ongoing efforts to provide assistance to students entering the occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation today announced the 37 recipients of the 2007 annual SH&E scholarships funded by the continued support of corporations, ASSE Regions and Chapters, members and individuals.

The ASSE Foundation is awarding nearly $88,000 in scholarships this year for undergraduate and graduate college students. The scholarships will be presented during ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition this June at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

Billy W. McBride is this year’s recipient of the Washington Group International (WGI) $3,500 Safety Scholarship. McBride is an undergraduate studying industrial safety at University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK. This year’s $3,000 Liberty Mutual Group Scholarship recipient is Kaylan L. Chapman, an undergraduate at Fairmont State University in Fairmont, WV, studying safety-engineering technology.

The 2007 Bechtel Group Foundation Scholarship for Safety and Health recipient is Daniel D. Snyder, undergraduate at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN. Snyder will receive a $5,000 scholarship. The Bechtel Group Foundation Scholarship emphasizes construction safety. Another scholarship focusing on construction, the $1,000 ASSE Construction Safety Scholarship funded through the revenue of ASSE’s comprehensive text Construction Safety Management and Engineering, will be awarded to Benjamin Treppa at Oakland University in Rochester, MI.

Erin T. Gallagher and William D. Downs will each receive $4,000 SH&E scholarships from CNA. Gallagher is an undergraduate at Keene State College in Keene, NH studying safety studies. Downs is an undergraduate at Iowa State University in Ames, IA studying occupational safety and health.

The recipients of the David Iden Memorial Safety Scholarship sponsored by United Parcel Service (UPS) include: Angela Setera, undergraduate at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City, SD; John Montgomery at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, PA; Nicholas Carl Escher of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK; and Lindsey K. Powell at Oakland University. In addition, this year’s recipients of the UPS Diversity Scholarship include Quintin L. Williams Jr., graduate in occupational injury prevention at University of Minnesota Twin Cities in Minneapolis, MN, and Amy Paris, graduate in chemical engineering at University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR. Each UPS scholarship recipient will be awarded $5,250.

The $5,000 Marsh Risk Consulting Scholarship recipient is Melissa Seay at Murray State University in Murray, KY where she is studying occupational safety and health. There were three DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund Scholarships awarded this year, each $1,000. The scholarship recipients include: Jessica L. Burley undergraduate at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio studying industrial hygiene & environmental health science; Jared Dyer undergraduate at Millersville University in Millersville, PA studying occupational safety & environmental health; and Erin Lynn Hampton undergraduate at Murray State University studying occupational safety & health.

The recipient of the new $2,500 George Gustafson Health, Safety and Environmental Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Texas Safety Foundation is William Cass French, Jr. at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, OK. Jacqueline Harvey, safety and environmental management undergraduate at Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, PA, will receive the America Responds Memorial Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship honoring the ASSE members lost in the September 2001 attacks. Julie Pendergrass, SH&E undergraduate at Millersville University in Millersville, PA, will receive the Harry Taback 9/11 Memorial Scholarship also for $1,000. There are two ASSE Foundation/Practice Specialty PDC Scholarships awarded this year up to $1,200. The recipients are two undergraduates, Jessica L. Vrabel at Slippery Rock University and Lindsey D. Hart at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Covering SH&E graduate studies, the Thompson Scholarship for Women in Safety Program will award $1,000 to Lisa Stephanie Hatfield who is working towards a Masters Degree in the Safety Management Program at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. Established in memory of North Carolina safety educator James P. Kohn, Ed.D., CSP, CIH, the James P. Kohn Memorial Scholarship, a $2,000 award, will be presented to Marcella R. Thompson working towards a Ph.D. in nursing at University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI. In addition, this year’s recipient of the Medina Scholarship for Hispanics in Safety is awarded to Juan David Moreno working towards his Masters in occupational safety and health at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. The Medina Scholarship is $1,500. Jason Goodman, graduate student of safety studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ, is the recipient of the $1,000 William C. Ray, CIH, CSP Arizona Scholarship.

The ASSE Foundation also offers several local and regional scholarships for SH&E graduate and undergraduate students. The annual $2,000 Georgia Chapter of ASSE Scholarship recipient pursuing graduate studies in health promotion with a behavior specialization in workplace safety is Todd D. Smith at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. The Northeastern Illinois Chapter Scholarship for $2,500 will be awarded to undergraduate Nicholas Bradac at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL where he studies industrial tech occupational safety. The $2,000 Harold F. Polston Scholarship sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Chapter will be awarded to undergraduate Steve Alan Ramage studying occupational safety and health at Murray State University.

There are several $1,000 local and regional SH&E scholarships given out by the Foundation. Undergraduate Christopher Wayne Hicks at Southeastern Oklahoma State University will receive the new Southwest Chapter Roy Kinslow Scholarship. The Warren K. Brown Scholarship will go to Gerald M. Stephens, an undergraduate at Indiana State University. Chad Kilby, an undergraduate studying SH&E at Millersville University, will receive the Region IV – Edwin P. Granberry, Jr. Scholarship. The Greater Baton Rouge Chapter – Don Jones Excellence in Safety Scholarship will go to undergraduate Valerie A. Hanson studying fire protection and safety engineering technology at Oklahoma State University. There are two undergraduate recipients of the Gulf Coast Past President’s Scholarship studying SH&E, Leanne Crowley of Oakland University and Michael J. Jackson of Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI. Industrial hygiene graduate student Marie Felice-Luebeck at Montana Tech of the University of Montana in Butte, MT, is the recipient of the Scott Dominguez – Craters of the Moon Chapter Scholarship. Nsikak Effiong Udo-Imeh graduate student in safety studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the recipient of the Gold Country Section & Region II Scholarship. The Greater Boston Chapter Leadership Award will go to graduate student Kendra Richardson working towards her Masters in occupational ergonomics at University of Massachusetts Lowell in Lowell, MA.

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

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