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.

Applications International Impact Scholarships Salute Soldiers

Jamie Randall, Air Force, University of Central Missouri
Jamie Randall served in the military for over four years as a safety and health technician. Once out of the military, Jamie wanted to continue her passion for safety by obtaining a degree in Occupational Safety and Health. She currently enjoys serving as treasurer for the ASSE student organization on campus. "This opportunity allows me to network, give and receive direction and learn from other professionals. This is helping me become a safety leader."

After graduating, Jamie plans to continue her education with a Master's Industrial Hygiene Program, achieve the CSP designation and ultimately work for OSHA . "I want to be able to touch and help not only one company or industry's safety program but hundreds."


Justin Bielss, National Guard, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
In 2010, prior to deploying to Afghanistan, Justin Bielss attended an Army aviation safety officer course where he gained an interest and passion for safety. In his current position he serves as a full time aviation safety officer. He is responsible for managing all aspects of the unit’s safety program that includes fire prevention, environmental management, hearing conservation, PPE, hazardous materials, accident investigations, as well as complying with all Army and federal regulations. "By attaining a degree in safety management I will be able to provide my unit with the best safety practices and knowledge to enhance our units’ mission and safety."

Justin has served in the military for over 17 years and he has a tremendous desire to further the safety profession both inside and outside of the military. "I look forward to being able to transition to the civilian workforce and this scholarship will help me attain the education and knowledge necessary to help me reach that goal."


Kenneth Carson, Navy, Oakland University
Previously Kenneth worked in a solar panel manufacturing company as an R&D technician. As a technician, he handled many hazardous chemicals and witnessed many unsafe acts. He was always suggesting ways to improve the processes in order to do the job more safely. Some of his suggestions were implemented, but many others were ignored. This caused him to turn to the safety profession. "My life long goal is to be a part of saving someone’s life because of a program or policy that I was part of."

Now a senior at Oakland University, Kenneth serves as president of the ASSE student section. He has realized the value of learning from established safety professionals and reaches out to the contacts he is made regarding proper safety practices. "I would be honored to come back someday with my master's degree or PhD in safety and teach students what I have learned in the profession of health and safety."


Femi Popoola, Navy, University of Central Missouri
Femi Paopoola is an active level one member of the Norfolk Medical Reserve Corps, involved in improving the health of the people in the community by mobilizing and coordinating them to be collectively responsible for the health of one another. As a health care profession, Femi is closely acquainted with the dynamic relationship between health and the physical and social environment. "I want to be instrumental in the design and employment of various methods to detect and control potential environmental and public health hazards."

"Pursuing a graduate studies in Industrial hygiene will further broaden my knowledge and equip me with the necessary skills that will enable me harness and mitigate the effects of the environment on the American community." This scholarship will set him on the right path to fulfill the dream of being an Industrial Hygiene Officer in the United States Navy, contributing to the country's military-readiness and improving sailors' standard of living.

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

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Past Scholarship Recipients

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 bzylstra@asse.org 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