About the Program

The Family Scholarship Fund was established in 2013 to assuage the hardship of families affected by a workplace tragedy. This scholarship, available to spouses and children who have lost a loved one in a workplace incident, provides educational funding to minimize the financial impact of their loss and encourage continuing education. As safety professionals continue to make a greater impact, fewer people will experience such tragedies, but until then we need to step up. We encourage you to share this program with anyone you know who may benefit from it.


How to Apply

The Family Scholarship Fund is available to children and spouses of individuals who lost their lives in a workplace incident. Applicants will need to provide incident background and documentation for verification. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and must be completed online. Additionally, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a full-time or part-time student enrolled in a university, community college, or trade/vocational school
  • High school students must provide proof of program acceptance
  • Transcripts of current program or high school transcripts must be supplied (or a GED)
  • Be a U.S. citizen

The Foundation will review each application on an individual basis and will contact applicants with additional details or questions.

Apply for a Family Scholarship

If you have any questions please contact the Foundation at assefoundation@asse.org or +1 847 699.2929.

*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 do not include military personnel lost.

Family Scholarship Recipients

Tristan Bainum

"Receiving this award takes such a burden off my shoulders. I was worrying about money every day and this will get me through Iowa Central. All I ever wanted was to be like my dad, who is the nicest, grandest guy you could ever know. He showed me how to be kind, how to care for others and always try to do the right thing. I always knew I could go to college, and I wanted to be able to make him proud of the kind of man I turned out to be."

Hannah Pinkerton

"I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. I had so many great teachers. I watched my cousin become a teacher, and when my dad died there were a few teachers who helped me get through that hard time so much."

Scholarship Deadlines

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