For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, dhurns@asse.org
American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation Now Accepting Applications for 2008 Scholarships, Professional Development Grants
Des Plaines, IL (September 7, 2007) — The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation (ASSEF) announced today the availability of several scholarships and professional development grants for 2008 for students pursuing degrees in occupational safety, health and the environment and ASSE members seeking to advance their professional credentials in safety.

This year ASSEF is offering more than $105,000 in scholarships and grants as a result of increased support from donors which include individual ASSE members, chapters and corporations.

Descriptions of each of the many scholarships and grants along with applications and eligibility guidelines can be found at www.asse.org/foundation/scholarships/scholarships.php. All applications are due by December 1, 2007 with award recipients announced on or around April 1, 2008.

"Our scholarship and grant program continues to grow as does the occupational safety, health and environmental field," Mary Goranson , ASSEF manager, said today. "With the support of our members and corporate donors we continue to reach out to students and practitioners alike to provide them with the resources they need to best help their careers and in the profession's overall goal of protecting people, property and the environment. We are urging applicants to apply as soon as possible."

This year graduate students are eligible to receive a second award if the first one was received as an undergraduate and ASSEF is offering two scholarships to attend ASSE's SAFETY 2008 Professional Development Conference in Las Vegas from June 9-12, 2008. The award includes the conference registration fee, airfare, hotel and meals up to $1,200. Students must apply and meet the undergraduate criteria for academic scholarships to be eligible for this award. Also new are the ASSE Diversity Committee Scholarship for $1,000 and the Central Indiana ASSE Scholarship for $1,000.

In addition, several ASSEF donors increased their awards. These include the Bechtel Group Foundation at $8,000 and the Washington Group International Safety Scholarship now at $5,000. Additional awards have been added to some scholarships such as a second award to the Medina Scholarships for Hispanics in Safety, a second award was added to the Liberty Mutual Scholarship now offering two $3,000 awards and the Greater Boston Chapter added a second Leadership Award with one award for $1,000 and a second award at $2,000.

"Our members and corporate donors know the value of a good education and continued learning as well as the demand for more safety professionals," Goranson added. "As the profession continues to grow globally we will continue to provide students with the resources they need to move forward in the safety profession."

Applications must be postmarked and sent to ASSEF by December 1, 2007. Award winners will be posted on the Foundation’s website on or around April 1, 2008. For more information on the scholarship application process go to https://www.brainshark.com/brainshark/vu/view.asp?pi=387281069 and to www.asse.org/foundation for the list of awards and to download an application.

ASSEF, established by and in partnership with the American Society of Safety Engineers, generates funding and provides resources for scholarships, applied research, academic accreditation, and related academic initiatives in order to advance the safety, health, and environmental profession. The Foundation currently supports these initiatives: 1) fostering future safety and health professionals -- award scholarships, internships and fellowships to students and faculty pursuing safety and health studies in accredited college and university degree programs; 2) conducting applied safety research -- support safety and health research initiatives and publish findings that advance accident and illness prevention; 3) expanding accreditation of safety and health curriculums -- provide funding and direction to colleges and universities with safety degree programs seeking ASSE/ABET accreditation.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and has more than 30,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members who manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education.
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