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American Society Of Safety Engineers’ Foundation Awards Annual Safety Scholarships

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

DES PLAINES, IL — In its ongoing efforts to provide assistance to students entering the growing international field of occupational safety, health and the environment (SH&E), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation recently announced the names of the 56 recipients of the 2009 annual SH&E scholarships funded by the continued support of corporations, ASSE Regions and Chapters, members and individuals. The students represent 32 different universities.

The ASSE Foundation is awarding nearly $125,000 in scholarships this year for undergraduate and graduate college students. Scholarship recipients will not only be honored during ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition this June in San Antonio, TX, but some will also have their travel expenses paid for by Foundation supporters, enabling them to participate in this annual conference consisting of more than 225 educational sessions.

Justin R. Porter is this year’s recipient of the Washington Division of URS $5,000 Safety Scholarship. Porter is an undergraduate studying occupational safety, environment and health and construction technology at Millersville University in Millersville, PA. This year’s $3,000 Liberty Mutual Group Scholarship recipients are undergraduates Eva Joubert Loomis studying safety studies at Keene State College in Keene, NH, and Nick Cucinella studying safety management at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN.

The recipients of the $4,000 Bechtel Group Foundation Scholarships for Safety and Health are Samuel C. Hafley, undergraduate student studying safety management at University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO, and Melissa Seay and Lauren Hobbs, both undergraduates studying occupational safety and health at Murray State University in Murray, KY.

Kendra Anne Potsubay and Katie Ferguson will each receive $4,650 scholarships from the CNA Foundation. Potsubay is an undergraduate at Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, PA, studying safety and environmental management. Ferguson is an undergraduate at Indiana University of PA in Indiana, PA studying safety sciences.

The recipients of the $5,250 David Iden Memorial Safety Scholarship sponsored by the United Parcel Service (UPS) Foundation include: Christopher R. Zerrusen, undergraduate at Indiana State University; Matthew R. Kopecky, undergraduate at Murray State University; Amanda Leigh Smith, undergraduate at Indiana University of PA; and Veronica Taylor, undergraduate at Millersville University. In addition, this year’s recipients of the $5,250 UPS Diversity Scholarship include Blanca Campos, undergraduate at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL, and Michael W. Johnson, undergraduate at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK.

The $4,650 Flatiron Construction Safety Scholarship was awarded to undergraduate James Anthony Parilek studying construction risk control/safety at the University of Wisconsin – Stout in Menomonie, WI. The $1,000 Marsh Risk Consulting Scholarship recipient is Charles Singer at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI, where he is an undergraduate studying occupational safety and health management.

The recipient of the $2,500 George Gustafson Health, Safety and Environmental Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Texas Safety Foundation is graduate student Amber Hogan Mitchell at University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, working on her doctorate of public health and occupational injury prevention; and the recipient of the $2,5000 Charlie Darnell HSE Memorial Scholarship also sponsored by the Texas Safety Foundation is undergraduate Vicky Cynthia Sanders at Kilgore College in Kilgore, TX, working on her associate degree in occupational safety and health. Roman Rogala is an undergraduate recipient of the $2,500 Texas Safety Foundation scholarship, who is studying fire protection and safety technology at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK.

Benjamin Jon Mollman, industrial engineering/occupational safety undergraduate at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City, SD, will receive the America Responds Memorial Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship honoring the ASSE members lost in the September 2001 attacks. Patrick T. Karl, environmental health and safety undergraduate at Slippery Rock University will receive the Harry Taback 9/11 Memorial Scholarship also for $1,000.

There are two ASSE Foundation/Practice Specialty PDC Scholarships awarded this year up to $1,200. The recipients are two undergraduates, Justin Gerber at Oklahoma State University and Benjamin D. Agley at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. There is also a $1,000 ASSE Diversity Committee Scholarship this year which was awarded to undergraduate student Marc Squires at Millersville University studying occupational safety and environmental health.

The $1,000 ASSE Construction Safety Scholarship funded through the revenue of ASSE’s comprehensive text Construction Safety Management and Engineering is awarded to undergraduate student Matt Hornyak studying occupational SH&E at Millersville University. A new $1,000 CCHEST – Patrick J. Conroy Scholarship is awarded to Joshua B. Ball of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, studying occupational safety and health/psychology.

In addition, a $1,500 Linda & Brad Giles Scholarship is awarded to Michele Seger of Indiana University of PA, studying safety sciences, and a $1,500 Central Indiana ASSE Scholarship is presented to Andrew J. Umphries, and undergraduate studying safety management at Indiana State University. Undergraduate Victoria Stoessel studying safety sciences at Keene State College is awarded a $2,000 Greater Boston Chapter Leadership Award, and Kevin W. Day, undergraduate at Keene State College, is the recipient $1,000 Greater Boston Chapter Leadership Award.

Covering SH&E graduate studies, the Thompson Scholarship for Women in Safety Program will award $1,000 to Monica E. Frechen, who is studying safety management at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Established in memory of North Carolina safety educator James P. Kohn, Ed.D, CSP, CIH, the $1,000 James P. Kohn Memorial Scholarship is presented to Jesse Meltz, graduate student studying risk control at University of Wisconsin-Stout. Beauregard Middaugh, graduate student in occupational health at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN is awarded the $1,000 Lawrence Oldendorf Distinguished Service Award Scholarship.

In addition, this year’s recipient of the $3,000 Medina Scholarship for Hispanics in Safety is graduate student Andres F. Rojas studying safety technology at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. Katherine McInnis-Serrano, graduate student of environmental/occupational health at University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ, is the recipient of the $2,000 William C. Ray, CIH, CSP, Arizona Chapter Scholarship. The $1,000 Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) – Michael Orn Scholarship recipient is graduate student of occupational safety and health John R. Hamill at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, OK.

The ASSE Foundation also offers several local and regional scholarships for SH&E graduate and undergraduate students. John C. Condry, undergraduate student studying occupational safety and health at Murray State University is the recipient of the $2,000 Harold F. Polston Scholarship sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Chapter. The $2,000 Northeastern Illinois Chapter Scholarship recipients are undergraduate student Sabastine Nwaiwu at Northeastern Illinois University in city, IL, studying environmental health and safety, and graduate student Chirag Patel working on his PhD in public health environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Nwaiwu also received a $1,000 Lawrence Oldendorf Distinguished Service Award Scholarship.

The $2,000 Keith Bain Scholarship sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Chapter is awarded to occupational safety and health graduate student Trevor Scott Harper at Murray State University; and the $2,000 Georgia Chapter of ASSE Annual Scholarship recipient is Andrew A. Wohlrabe, studying environmental engineering at Mercer University in Georgia.

There are several $1,000 local and regional SH&E scholarships given out by the Foundation. Undergraduate student Shawn D. Rowland at Southeastern Oklahoma State University is the recipient of the Southwest Chapter Roy Kinslow Scholarship. The Warren K. Brown Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate Joseph Bachi of Murray State University. There are two undergraduate recipients of the Gulf Coast Past President’s Scholarship studying within the SH&E field, Amanda Roseman at Oakland University and Richard Haehn at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY. Occupational safety and health undergraduate student Amanda Beerman at Montana Tech of the University of Montana is the recipient of the Scott Dominguez – Craters of the Moon Chapter Scholarship. Byungju (Robert) Yoo, graduate student in ergonomics and safety at University of Utah in Salt Lake City, is the recipient of the Gold Country Section & Region II Scholarship. PhD student Elisabeth D. Mawell studying environmental safety and health at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR received the Columbia-Willamette Chapter President Scholarship. Jacob Braden, graduate student studying environmental and occupational exposure sciences at the University of Washington, is the recipient of the Puget Sound Chapter ASSE Scholarship.

The Greater Baton Rouge Chapter – Don Jones Excellence in Safety Scholarship goes to undergraduate Roland B. McFarlane of Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA. The Greater Chicago Chapter Scholarship recipient is Allan Haapakoski, undergraduate at University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. Benjamin Tyler Lazich, undergraduate at Keene State College, received the New England Area Future Leadership Award; and undergraduate studying environmental management at Columbia Southern University, Jennifer E. Moellenkamp, received the North Florida Chapter Safety Education Scholarship and the Region IV Edwin P. Granberry Scholarship. Finally, the Permian Basin Chapter Endowment is awarded to undergraduate Chris W. Stevens from Northeastern State University.

The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation, established by and in partnership with the American Society of Safety Engineers, generates funding and provides resources for scholarship, applied research, academic accreditation, and related academic initiatives in order to advance the safety, health, and environmental profession. For more information on the Foundation and its programs visit

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to

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