Today’s students will be tomorrow’s safety professionals and ensuring their success is key to improving workplace safety worldwide. The Foundation has helped thousands of students in their educations by providing hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships each year and improving the strength of OSH programs through ABET accreditation.

Since 1990, the ASSE Foundation has provided more than $1.6M+ in scholarships to more than 500 OSH students. With your help, we provide these programs to advance the safety profession. We exist because safety matters - for workers, for families, and for the future of our world.

Award Program

We are currently not accepting applications at this time. Information on how to apply for the 2016 Academic Scholarship Program will be made available on or around September 1, 2015.

Scholarship awards are for students majoring in occupational safety, health, and the environment. Applications are accepted September 1 through December 1 every year and must be submitted online. After applications are reviewed by the Foundation’s Scholarship Award & Selection Committee, awards are disbursed to recipients the following April.

The following prerequisites are necessary to apply for a scholarship:
  • Transcripts from every university you have attended
  • Academic letter of recommendation
  • A 3.0 undergraduate GPA and (if applicable) a 3.5 graduate GPA

Read the Frequently Asked Questions

View list of available awards

Apply to the Family Scholarship Fund

Every day, thousands of ASSE members strive to protect their fellow workers in order for millions to return home in the same condition they arrived. But we know workplace deaths occur at a rate of twelve fatalities every day in the United States alone. As dedicated and compassionate professionals, we established the Family Scholarship Fund to support the families who have lost a loved one in a workplace incident.

The Family Scholarship Fund, open to spouses and children, will provide college funding to minimize the financial impact of their loss while encouraging continuing education. This will allow us to assist families in achieving educational goals, crucial for long-term stability.

Men and women who die as a result of workplace tragedy remain in our hearts. Their memories stay with us as we do our work, and we will not forget them or their families.

If scholarships and safety matters to you, please donate to the ASSE Foundation.

How to Apply

In order to apply, you must meet the following criteria:
  • Be the spouse or child of a worker who died as a result of a workplace incident.
  • Be a full-time student (12 credit hours or more) pursuing an Associates or Bachelor’s degree at a school within the US
  • Provide a college transcript showing you have at least a 2.5 GPA (high school seniors may show a high school transcript)
  • Demonstrate financial need in the essay portion of the application
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be nominated by an ASSE member
    • Nominating members must provide their ASSE membership number, phone number, and email address. Nominating members are expected to verify applicants’ eligibility for the Family Scholarship Fund, and will be contacted by the review committee prior to award selection.
    • If you are an eligible applicant but do not know any ASSE members who can verify your eligibility, please contact Brenda Kay Zylstra at for further instruction.
*The ASSE Foundation is grateful for the exceptional service of the men and women who serve in the US military. Thirteen scholarships in our academic program give priority to applicants with a military background. The Family Scholarship Fund criteria does not include military personnel lost.

Terrance M. Hennessy

After their father died while working to protect the lives of others, the Hennessy family wanted to honor their father by supporting the profession he believed in so dearly.

A vice president in the risk consulting division at Marsh, Terrance M Hennessy was a highly knowledgeable safety professional who had been practicing for more than 25 years. In March 2008, Terrance conducted a visit at a construction site. While there, a crane collapsed, resulting in fatally injuring him at the site, another person died later at the hospital, and four others suffered serious injuries.

He left behind sons Michael and Thomas and daughter Kristine. "He put a special emphasis on his family and kept a very close relationship with all of his children and grandchildren," said Michael.

The Hennessy’s created the Terrance M. Hennessy Professional Education Grant, an annual award for safety professionals pursuing continuing education or professional certification. "We know how incredibly hard a situation like this is, and we want to help other families that share this burden," said Michael, "This grant has been created to support the advancement of knowledge and skills of safety and risk professionals in hopes that future worksite injuries and fatalities can be prevented. We hope to continue honoring the memory of our father by weaving the story of our loss into this great scholarship program."

The generosity of the Hennessy family continues to educate safety professionals. If safety matters to you, please donate to the foundation.

Accreditation is proof that a collegiate program has met certain standards necessary to produce graduates who are ready to enter their professions. Occupational, safety and health academic accreditation typically involves an external quality review by a team of professional experts from academe or industry who volunteer to contribute their professional knowledge and experience to quality assurance and improvements for education. Students who graduate from accredited programs have access to enhanced opportunities in employment; licensure, registration and certification; graduate education and global mobility. Accredited status is not permanent and has to be renewed through periodic review.

The ASSE Foundation helps universities and colleges seeking ABET accreditation of OSH programs through the James A. Oppold Fund. Mr. Oppold, PhD and CSP, was actively involved with ABET, ASSE and OSHA. The goal of this fund encourages educational institutions to obtain ABET accreditation by providing near matching funds in order to continue to advance the OSH profession.

ABET Accreditation improves the education experience, uses best practices and innovation, and is guided by industry, government and academic constituents. If this program and safety matters to you, please donate now.

Learn more about ABET Accreditation.

Scholarship Deadlines

Dec 1
Jan 1-Mar 31
Apr 1
May 1
Student Application Due
Committee Review
Award Announcement
Award Funds Distributed