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’s degree
  • Graduating in May 2019 or later

Q: How much is awarded each year?
A: More than $350,000 is available for scholarships. Awards range from $500 - $15,000.

Q: What is required of me to apply?
A: Applications must be submitted through the online application page. There are at least five required short answer pieces, with a limit of 500 words each. Take your time, and thoughtfully and clearly answer the questions. A big part of how applicants are rated comes from how you answer the short-answer questions. Reviewers are looking for your passion for the profession, and how you have and will play a part in enhancing the future of the profession. Be specific. This is the time to brag! The easiest way to be denied an award is to answer the questions with a single sentence.
The questions include:

  • What drew you to the field of safety and how has your education affected your views of the field?
  • What goals do you have for yourself, both in school and beyond, and what plans to do you have for reaching them?
  • What leadership and volunteer positions have you taken within the safety community and what positions do you envision in the future?
  • What is the greatest takeaway from your current year in school? What will you do with that knowledge to impact people throughout your career?
  • What makes you stand out as an applicant?

Q: How are applications reviewed?
A: Each application is reviewed by at least three members of the ASSP Foundation Scholarship and Grant Review Committee. Scores are averaged. Reviewers rate applications based on:

  • Academic performance such as GPA and curriculum rigor
  • Leadership activity in ASSP and the broader safety community
  • Motivations for entering the field and how you plan on achieving your goals as an OSH professional
  • Letters of recommendation that speak to the above aspects (at least one required, but get up to three if you can!)

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 ASSP Foundation undergraduate or graduate must graduate in May 2019 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 ASSP 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 ASSP 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 at 11:59pm CST.

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, 2019. 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 Sarah Martino at smartino@assp.org.

MEMBERSHIP

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

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

Q: How much is awarded each year?
A: Nearly $30,000 is available for professional development grants, through nearly 30 different awards. Awards range from $500 - $2,500. Sometimes they will match the exact amount you have requested, so be sure to be as exact as possible with your itemized expenses within the application.

What is required of me to apply?
A: Applications must be submitted through the online application page. There are at least five required short answer pieces, with a limit of 500 words each. Take your time, and thoughtfully and clearly answer the questions. A big part of how applicants are rated comes from how you answer the short-answer questions. Reviewers are looking for your passion for the profession, and how you have and will play a part in enhancing the future of the profession. Be specific. This is the time to brag! The easiest way to be denied an award is to answer the questions with a single sentence.
The questions include:

  • Purpose of request and exact, itemized amount needed.
  • What are your career goals and how will this grant help you achieve them?
  • What roles or leadership positions have you taken within the safety community?
  • Describe your financial need and reason for requesting this grant.
  • How will the professional education you’re seeking increase your business acumen in the business side of the safety profession (management and supervisory skills, customer service, accounting, etc.) - optional

Q: How are applications reviewed?
A: Each application is reviewed by at least three members of the ASSP Foundation Scholarship and Grant Review Committee. Scores are averaged.
Reviewers rate applications based on:

  • Academic performance such as GPA and curriculum rigor
  • Leadership activity in ASSP and the broader safety community
  • Motivations for entering the field and how you plan on achieving your goals as an OSH professional
  • Letters of recommendation that speak to the above aspects (at least one required, but get up to three if you can!)

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

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 ASSP event at which CEU's were received, please contact ASSP's Customer Service Department at +1 847 699.2929 to obtain a transcript. Circle the items you applied for and submit to Sarah Martino at smartino@assp.org.

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: 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 ASSP member in order to be eligible for your scholarships?
A: ASSP membership is not required.

Q: How do I apply for ASSP membership (student, regular or professional level)?
A: To obtain an application for membership, contact ASSP'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 2019. In addition, the award recipients' names will be posted on the ASSP 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: 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 Sarah Martino at smartino@assp.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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