FAQ

Frequently asked questons.

ELIGIBILITY

Q: What are the minimum requirements to apply for a scholarship?
A: Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A GPA of 3.0 if applying as an undergraduate and 3.5 if applying as a graduate
  • At least 60 semester hours of undergraduate credits attained, or 24 if you are seeking an associate‚Äôs degree
  • Graduating in May 2017 or later

Q: My grade point average is under the required criteria. Would I still be eligible to apply for your awards?
A: No, you must meet the minimum grade point average requirements (A 2.99 GPA will not be rounded to a 3.0 GPA).

Q: I am currently enrolled to begin a graduate program and have no GPA or transcript yet. What should I do?
A: Please submit your official enrollment letter from a safety-related graduate degree program as well as an in-progress transcript from your fall coursework. Make sure you have at least nine graduate credits in-progress. Don't forget to include transcripts from your undergraduate program.

Q: How many hours do I need to complete to be eligible for the undergraduate program?
A: You must have completed 60 semester hours (prior to the December 1 deadline) if you are seeking a Bachelor's degree or 24 semester hours if you are seeking an Associate's degree. Additionally, you must be enrolled in at least 12 or more semester hours of a safety degree program (or closely related field) to be eligible for most of the undergraduate scholarships. If you are a part-time student, you must be enrolled in at least 3-11 undergraduate level semester hours.

Q: I am applying for a graduate scholarship. How many hours do I need in order to be eligible?
A: Full-time students: You must be enrolled in 9 graduate level semester hours or more. Part-time students: You must be enrolled in at least 3-8 graduate level semester hours or more.

Q: I am pursuing an associate degree in occupational safety & health or a closely related field. Am I eligible for your scholarship program?
A: You must be enrolled in at least 12 or more semester hours and have completed 24 semester hours toward your degree.

Q: When must I graduate in order to be eligible for your scholarships?
A: Students applying for ASSE Foundation undergraduate or graduate must graduate in May 2017 or later.

Q: Most of the awards are for students majoring in occupational safety, health and the environment and closely related degrees. What do you consider "a closely-related degree" and can you provide me with some examples?
A: The core degrees would be those in occupational safety, health, and environment. If your degree is not specifically an OHS degree, you are still eligible to apply for our scholarships. If you do, it is your responsibility in your application to make the case to our committee about why your program or your focus relates to our mission. You should make the case in the narrative section, calling attention to safety-related coursework, involvement with an ASSE student chapter, work experience, etc. If applicable, your letter of recommendation should also help you make the case. Demonstrating a vested interest in safety will establish your eligibility for our scholarships.

Q: I'm a senior in high school, am I eligible for any of your awards?
A: No, you must be enrolled in a safety degree program and have completed at least 60 undergraduate semester hours. Please check back with us after you have attained the minimum number of credits. We recommend you become involved in an ASSE student chapter as soon as possible and start building your resume.

Q: Are your scholarships offered to non-U.S. citizens?
A: Yes, non-U.S. citizens are eligible for all of our scholarships except: the America Responds Memorial Scholarship, the UPS Diversity Scholarship, the Harry Taback 9/11 Memorial Scholarship and the Steven Kane Memorial Scholarship.

Q: If I already received a Foundation scholarship in previous years, am I eligible to apply again?
A: Yes, students are eligible to receive subsequent awards.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Q: When is the deadline for this application?
A: Deadline is December 1 by 11:59pm EST. Your application must be 100% complete before submitting. If any sections' completion bar does not read 100%, the system will not allow you to submit your application. Your letter of recommendation must also be uploaded for you to submit your application.

Q: If I want to apply for more than one scholarship, do I need to fill out more than one application?
A: No, by completing our online application, you will automatically be considered for all awards.

Q: Are there separate applications for your undergraduate and graduate scholarship programs?
A: No, we are using one combined online application form. Please fill out the areas relevant to your status.

Q: Can I fax or e-mail my application?
A: No, you must complete and submit your application online.

Q: Do I need to upload an official transcript?
A: Official transcripts are strongly preferred but not required. Whatever you submit, make sure it is legible and easy to read. If we can't read the transcript, we can't confirm your coursework and grades. If we can't confirm your coursework and grades, we can't award you a scholarship. Remember to upload ALL your transcripts. If you are applying for a graduate scholarship, include your undergraduate transcripts. If you have taken coursework at multiple universities, make sure your transcripts confirm ALL safety coursework you've taken.

Q: If I am selected for an award, how will I be notified and when will I receive the funds?
A: Award recipients will be notified by mail and email in April, 2017. You can expect to receive a check by the end of May. You will not be contacted if you are not selected for an award. However, you can log into the application and check the status of your application at any time.

Q: Can I apply for both a scholarship and a grant?
A: No. In most cases, scholarships are intended for students attending a university full-time or part-time. Professional education grants are intended for professionals working in the OSH industry taking a college course, attending a conference, or working on safety related certification. If you have any questions on which program you should apply to, please contact Matthew Sells at msells@asse.org.

MEMBERSHIP

Q: Do I need to be an ASSE member in order to be eligible for your scholarships?
A: ASSE membership is not required, but preferred and in most cases ASSE members will receive priority. A one-year student membership costs only $15, asse.org/membership.

Q: How do I apply for ASSE membership (student, regular or professional level)?
A: Contact ASSE's Customer Service Department at +1 847 699.2929 or apply for membership online.

Q: If I want to apply for more than one professional education grant, do I need to fill out more than one application?
A: No, by completing our online application, you will automatically be considered for all awards.

Q:When is the deadline for this application?
A: Deadine is December 1, by 11:59 p.m. Your application must be 100% complete before submitting. If any sections' completion bar does not read 100%, the system will not allow you to submit your application.

Q: Can I fax or e-mail my application?
A: No, you must complete and submit your application online.

Q: Are students eligible for PE grants?
A: Generally, grants are intended for OS&H professionals continuing their education via seminars, conferences, certification, etc. Students may be eligible for a grant if they are enrolled part-time and currently working in an OS&H or related field. Otherwise, if you are a full-time student or do not work in an OS&H field, consider applying to the Scholarship Program instead.

Q: Are your professional education grants offered to non-U.S. citizens?
A: Yes, all of our professional education grants are available to non-U.S. citizens.

Q: If I already received a Foundation professional education grant in previous years, am I eligible to apply again?
A: No, applicants are not eligible for subsequent awards due to limited funding.

Q: Do I need to be an ASSE member in order to be eligible for your scholarships?
A: ASSE membership is not required.

Q: How do I apply for ASSE membership (student, regular or professional level)?
A: To obtain an application for membership, contact ASSE's Customer Service Department at +1 847 699.2929 or visit our membership page online.

Q: If I am selected for an award, how will I be notified and when will I receive the funds?
A: Award recipients will be notified in April 2017. In addition, the award recipients' names will be posted on the ASSE Foundation website. You will not be contacted if you are not selected for an award. However, you can log into the application and check the status of your application at any time.

Q: Are travel expenses (airfare, hotel, mileage) to a seminar or conference covered under your grant program?
A: No. At this time, they are not considered an eligible expense. Due to limited funding, travel expenses will not be considered for reimbursement. Only submit requests for registration fees, exam fees, or college coursework.

Q: If I am selected for an award, when will I receive my check?
A: Your grant check will be issued once you provide the Foundation with a certificate of completion, receipt, or final proof that you attended the event/class/seminar for which you applied. If selected to receive an award please note below: If you attended an ASSE event at which CEU's were received, please contact ASSE's Customer Service Department at +1 847 699.2929 to obtain a transcript. Circle the items you applied for and submit to Matthew Sells at msells@asse.org or fax to +1 847 296.3769. For books or BCSP fees, a dated receipt will suffice. For a college class, please submit a transcript of the college course. All receipts should include a date, your name, an amount, and the name of the program. As a reminder, the Foundation will not reimburse for travel expenses.

Q: Can I apply for both a scholarship and a grant?
A: No. In most cases, scholarships are intended for students attending a university full-time or part-time. Professional education grants are intended professionals working in the EH&S industry taking a college course, attending a conference, or working on safety related certification.

If you have any questions on which program you should apply to, please contact Matthew Sells at msells@asse.org.

Grant Deadlines

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

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