The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation set a new record in 2016 by granting $275,000 in scholarships to 106 students pursuing college degrees, and safety professionals furthering their credentials, in occupational safety and health (OSH), at universities across the country.

The ASSE Foundation receives contributions from ASSE members, their families, Society Chapters and Regions and corporations motivated to support the OSH profession. Overall, 86 scholarships were awarded to students representing 44 US-based universities, and 22 professional grants were awarded to safety professionals seeking to advance their credentials in OSH.

“We are thrilled to be able to award these scholarships and grants through the generous contributions of our donors,” said ASSE Foundation Board Chair Michael Murray. “We are committed to strengthening the OSH profession by helping these groups advance their education and careers.”

The largest scholarships will be awarded by Applications International Corporation (AIC), now in the second year of its three-year $250,000 Impact Scholarships. In 2016, AIC’s gift will fund six Impact Scholarships: one at $15,000 and five at $10,000, with a preference to those that have served in the military and are attending a school where the safety degree program is ABET-accredited.

The Foundation also is welcoming new corporate donors to the program. ProcessMAP will award $5,000 to a student pursuing a master’s degree in OSH, while Southern Company will award $5,000 to a student pursuing an OSH degree attending University of Alabama, Birmingham.

Other new awards supported by ASSE constituents include:

  • ASSE Past Presidents & Fellows Scholarship - $7,500
  • Veterans of Safety Scholarship - $1,000
  • PhD Scholarship for Future Educators - $1,000
  • David V. MacCollum Visionary Scholarship - $1,000
  • Kyle B. Dotson Safety Leadership Grant - $1,500
  • WISE Professional Education Grant - $1,000

Other awards, which range in amounts from $1,000 to $7,500, offer students and professionals support in advancing their education. Scholarship applications are open to students earning OSH degrees who have completed at least 60 hours of safety-related coursework with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Grant applications are open to anyone seeking additional professional education in the safety field.

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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 educational advancement, leadership development, research opportunities, and related academic initiatives in order to advance the safety, health, and environmental profession. For more information on the foundation and its programs visit

Founded in 1911, the Park Ridge-based ASSE has more than 37,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members from around the globe who 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