Use a Foundation Grant to Earn a Certificate

ASSE Foundation’s Professional Education Grant Program provides funding to help OSH professionals expand their knowledge and advance their education. Did you know that you can use a professional education grant to help pay for courses to keep your CEUs current, for certifications, to attend a conference or for college coursework? That is what ASSE professional member Jim Newberry, CHST, did. He applied for a professional education grant so he could complete ASSE’s Risk Assessment Certificate Program:

Newberry certificateAs a member of the Hawaii Chapter and the Risk Assessment Institute Committee, I have wanted to take the ASSE Risk Assessment Certificate Program for a while but had struggled with my ability to pay for it, in addition to the travel, room and board for 5 days (3-day certification program class and a 1-day elective class). So, I put in for the Hawaii Chapter Professional Education Grant. The grant I received was for $1,000 and the tuition for the 4 days of class came out to $975 so it was just about right on the money.

Not only did the grant provide an opportunity for which I didn’t have the funds, but the training I received was very rewarding and worthwhile. The ASSE Risk Assessment Certificate Program is an exciting foray into the advancements that risk assessment brings to the safety and health field. I am grateful for generosity of the grant that is administered by the ASSE Foundation that allowed me to take advantage of this wonderful educational opportunity. Since having received the grant this year, I have volunteered to be the Hawaii Chapter Professional Education Grant committee chair, to help get the word out about the great opportunities the grant offers to our chapter members, and to encourage our members to give to the Foundation.

Grant applications for this year are accepted online through Dec. 1. After applications are reviewed by the Foundation’s Scholarship Award and Selection Committee, awards will be disbursed to recipients in April 2017.