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.

Bridging the Gap

"Thanks to your donations, the gap is not only bridged financially, but also lifts such a heavy burden from the lives of those affected by the loss of a loved one in workplace tragedies.
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for bridging this gap for me.
I hope to follow in your footsteps one day and stand in the gap for others."
- Kaley Renslow
2019 Region VIII Family Scholarship

Every day, members of the American Society of Safety Professionals strive to protect their fellow workers. Our members embrace this profession so that millions of workers around the words can go home, safe and sound.

Nothing can replace the loss suffered by you and your family. Our hearts are with you. We want to support you and your family and encourage you to continue on your educational path in honor of your loved one.

The ASSP Foundation created the Family Scholarship to release some burden and minimize the financial impact of your family’s loss while encouraging continuing education.

What is required to apply?

The ASSP Foundation Family Scholarship Fund is available to children and spouses of individuals who lost their lives in a workplace incident. *


  • Will need to provide incident background and documentation for verification.
  • Must be a full-time or part-time student enrolled in a university, community college, or trade/vocational school
  • If enrolled in high school, students must provide proof of university acceptance
  • Must supply transcripts of current university program or high school transcripts
  • Must be studying in the United States (citizenship not required)
  • Will need to provide a 300-to-500-word essay discussing how the incident affected you and in what ways the Family Scholarship will benefit you and your future

The ASSP 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 asspfoundation@assp.org or +1 847 699.2929.

*The ASSP 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

Lindsey Pinkerton

"He showed me how to look at the world through the eyes of an artist. He made me a priority and set me up for success. So when he died, I made a conscious decision to continue to include him in my life. I’ve used the skills he taught me to express how I felt, and it made the hurt tangible and more approachable. Now I’m learning to help others unload the heavy weight of grief."

Samantha Wooten

"I received a phone call that would forever change my life, my mother’s life, my brother’s life, my daughter’s life, and the lives of everyone who loved my dad. I try day-in and day-out to give my father a voice and help ensure this type of incident doesn’t happen to another person. I also want to build the best life possible for me and my 6-year-old daughter. Putting an emphasis on education is a great way to do that."