News | May 22, 2006

UPS Continues Partnership With ASSE Foundation By Funding Occupational Safety & Health Scholarships

Des Plaines, IL - The Georgia-based United Parcel Service (UPS) Foundation continues their commitment to safety and health by donating $35,000 to the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation for their annual scholarship program. Recognizing diversity and those pursuing a career in occupational safety and health, six students will be awarded scholarships this year at the ASSE Professional Development Conference and Exposition this June at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, WA.

UPS Corporate Health and Safety Director Kevin Strahan said, "The development of future health and safety practitioners is a priority for UPS. We are proud to continue our partnership with the ASSE Foundation by investing in the education of students pursuing degrees in safety and health".

Altogether, UPS has donated a sum of $261,250 to the ASSE foundation since 1996, proving to be one of ASSEF's most generous donors. This year the ASSE Foundation will provide six $5,250 UPS scholarships to college juniors and seniors, including two scholarships from the ASSE Foundation UPS Diversity Scholarship Program.

This year's UPS Diversity Scholarship recipients are undergraduates Renee Hawatmeh from Oakland University, Rochester, MI; and Dustin R. Payne of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, OK. The general UPS scholarships will be awarded to the following undergraduates: Eric Christopher Sapp of Murray State University, Murray, KY; Crystal Rochelle Woolf from Boise State University, Boise, ID; Jaime Cone of University of Southern Maine, Gorham, ME; and Oklahoma State University's Matthew Robert Garner, from Stillwater, OK.

Students can submit their applications for scholarships to the ASSE Foundation from September through December 1st each year. Applicants must be full-time students pursuing a B.S. in occupational safety and health or a related field. Applicants must be student members of ASSE, have a GPA of 3.0 out of a 4.0 system, have a good academic standing, and be recommended by a safety faculty member.

Founded in 1951 and based in Atlanta, GA, the UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its support will impact social concerns, such as safety and health. UPS is the world's largest express carrier and package delivery company, serving more than 200 countries and territories with 360,000 employees nationwide.

Chartered in 1990, the ASSE Foundation is committed to ensuring the future of the occupational safety and health profession by providing financial resources to individuals and organizations. Funding for the Foundation comes from corporations and voluntary donations from ASSE members - individual and through chapters countrywide for applied safety research, scholarships, fellowships, internships and professional development. For more information on the Foundation and its programs visit