Students just beginning their career in OSH will become the leaders of tomorrow, and experienced professionals are constantly striving to expand their skills and knowledge. We support all safety professionals on their path of improvement through Professional Education Grants, the Future Safety Leaders Conference, and Next Generation Board.

The Future Safety Leaders Conference, held every November, gathers nearly 150 students from over 40 colleges and universities from across the U.S. This event brings students, OSH and top employers together for a two-day conference focused on providing tools to help students transition from student life to successful safety professionals.

Participants engage in roundtable discussions with experienced OSH professionals, gaining valuable career advice. They learn strategies from presenters on how to be an effective leader and communicator. In addition to resume critiques, public speaking and how get the most out of ASSE, representatives from sponsor companies such as, BCSP, CLMI-Safety Training, Georgia-Pacific, BCSP, Liberty Mutual Insurance, UL and URS-AECOM conduct mock interviews and set up booths where attendees could learn more about their companies.

The FSLC consists of students that are active in ASSE Student Sections, stand out from their peers and seek additional knowledge of the profession outside their classroom. Students are provided an exceptional opportunity to network with hiring organizations, develop interviewing and communication skills and instill leadership skills to future OSH professionals.

Recent attendees had the opportunity to hear from keynote speaker Dr. Daniel J. Moran on how to build Safety Commitments. Many were impacted by Dr. Moran’s quote: “I am here now, accepting my feelings and noticing my thoughts, while doing what I care about.” ASSE President-Elect, Mike Belcher challenged attendees to become the next generation of society leaders.

Applications for the 2015 Future Safety Leaders Conference will be accepted fall 2015. Interested students are required to complete an application, write an essay and obtain a reference from an academic advisor. A selection committee reviews all applicants and selects participants based on completed and outstanding submissions.

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If Future Safety Leaders and safety matters to you, please donate to the ASSE Foundation.

"This conference showcases the best of the best in the nation, while also bridging social gaps between established experts and aspiring students."
- Alex Rojas, Millersville University
"Roundtables provided a personal level of connection with real world professionals. These individuals sincerely care about my success in the field of safety."
- Elliot Laratonda, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
"The best information for me was the advice I got when I took the time to talk with some of the speakers on a 1 on 1 basis and they were able to provide me with valuable information on making the transition from student to professional"
- Zachariah Garthwaite, College of the Mainland

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View the 2016 Grant Recipients

The Foundation’s Professional Education Grant Program provides funding to help safety professionals expand their knowledge and advance their education.

Award Program

Apply for a Professional Education Grant

Professional Education Grants help participants in the profession move toward great success. Grants are made available to help working professionals pursuing advanced education through seminars, educational conferences, certification courses or college coursework. Grants are generally valued between $500 and $1,000. 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 2017 program will begin accepting applications on September 1, 2016.

Grant recipients will be required to provide receipts of their purchases before grant awards will be disbursed.

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The Next Generation Board increases awareness of the Foundation’s purpose, encourages participation in the Foundation’s programs, and cultivates intergenerational connections within the Foundation community, in support of the mission of the ASSE Foundation. The Board consists of members between the ages of 23 and 35 and will enable young Society members to support the profession while making a strategic investment in their own careers.

Denise Albrecht is a Certified Safety Professional with over ten years of experience in the Environmental, Health and Safety field. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth...

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Justin Bielss

Vice Chair

Justin has been in the Texas National Guard for over 17 years, where he served as a military police officer, aviation mechanic, and a helicopter pilot for the past 10 years. He has been deployed twice...

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Mark Ahner is a Health & Safety Risk Engineer with Zurich Insurance. Prior to joining Zurich, he was an EH&S Manager and Emergency Response Leader with experience in...

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Donny Burke

Past Chair

Donny Burke has over nine years of experience in the bioengineering field, during which he has made extensive contributions to consumer products safety. He is an assistant professor...

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If the next generation of safety professionals matter to you, please donate to the ASSE Foundation.

Grant Deadlines

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