The 2016 SafeStart ASSE Scholarship recipient was recently revealed and will be celebrated at the upcoming Safety 2016 ASSE Foundation Donor Reception. Clinton Combs, an Occupational Safety and Health student at Murray State University, will receive $5,000 towards his next year of study.

“When I first found out I was receiving the SafeStart scholarship, I was at my parent’s house looking through my mail,” explains Combs. “I came across the ASSE Foundation letter…I really thought it was a ‘thanks for applying, better luck next time’ letter but to my surprise it wasn’t. I am honored to have been selected by SafeStart, and I am eternally grateful for this opportunity.”

The SafeStart ASSE scholarship is available to students pursuing undergraduate degrees in occupational safety and health with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Combs said he had a wake-up call in his sophomore year that he needed to perform better in academics. “The SafeStart ASSE scholarship, to me, is an affirmation of my hard work,” Combs stated. “To be selected out of a large group of outstanding students, to receive this scholarship is humbling and truly an honor. It means a lot to me that others are putting their support behind me as I continue my education.”

Combs will begin his master’s degree in the fall and has plans of attaining his Ph.D. after that. He would like to return to research and teach at a university once he’s finished his academic endeavors.

Don Wilson, VP of SafeStart, donates speaking fees he receives from conferences, private corporate events and other gatherings to causes like the ASSE Foundation’s SafeStart scholarship. With over 25 years’ experience in education and training, Don knows the importance of investing in the next generation of safety professionals.

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