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Scholarship Recipients Note Challenges and Rewards
September 24, 2008

Earning respect, gaining experience, increasing knowledge and getting a foot in the door were just some of the rewards survey respondents noted in a recent American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and ASSE Foundation “where are they now” survey of past ASSE Foundation scholarship recipients. Respondents also noted that some of the challenges included gaining buy-in from management for new safety programs and overcoming a learning curve in the new job.

With the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession growing along with demand for SH&E professionals in the field, ASSE and the ASSE Foundation recently conducted this research survey to see where the scholarship recipients are now, how it helped and what the rewards and challenges of the workplace are today. Results indicate that many former recipients are continuing with their education or starting careers in safety, health and the environment in many industries including manufacturing, construction, technology, energy, health, insurance and non-profit.

ASSE sent out questionnaires to 154 past ASSE Foundation scholarship recipients from the year 2000 to 2008, receiving responses from 16 percent of those surveyed.

For recipients who have entered the workforce, when asked what challenges they are experiencing in the SH&E profession, the majority of respondents noted that it is sometimes a challenge to get management and/or older workers to buy into new safety programs. Another challenge included being a young safety professional, often having a large learning curve to manage and getting workers to acknowledge a new graduate in the safety field. Training and management were also noted as challenges recipients face in the SH&E profession.

Most of the recipients who responded also noted that the scholarships helped them with many aspects of their schooling. In general, the scholarships helped recipients purchase books, equipment and supplies; conduct research; contribute to tuition payments; gain more experience in the safety and health field through internships; and helped some with living expenses. Most recipients who responded also noted that the awards helped them concentrate on their studies to maintain good grades.

For more information on the Foundation, scholarships, grants and its programs visit www.asse.org/foundation.


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