SAFE Scholarship Program

What are the KSHNF “SAFE” Award Scholarships?

Annually, the Kentucky Safety and Health Network Foundation, Inc. (KSHNF) provides scholarships to eligible undergraduate and graduate college students.  The scholarships are referred to as the Scholastic Achievement for Education Awards, or “SAFE” Awards.    (Download your "SAFE" application here)

 Eligibility Requirements, At Time of Application:

1.      Degree of Study

Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program for occupational safety and health, industrial hygiene, or a related field.

 2.      Academic Qualifications

Undergraduate students must:

·         Be enrolled full-time;

·         Have completed at least sixty (60) semester hours;

·         Be carrying at least twelve (12) semester hours; and

·         Have a minimum 3.0 grade point average out of a 4.0 system.

Graduate students must:

·         Be enrolled full-time;

·         Be carrying at least nine (9) hours semester hours;

·         Have a minimum 3.5 grade point average out of a 4.0 system for graduate work; and

·         Have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average out of a 4.0 system for undergraduate work.

 3.      Residency Requirements

Students of traditional academic programs must:

·         Be a Kentucky resident attending a Kentucky university, or

·         Be a Kentucky resident attending an out-of-state university, or

·         Be a non-Kentucky resident attending a Kentucky university.


Students of online academic programs must:

·         Be a Kentucky resident attending an online program administered by a Kentucky university.


Application Requirements

An applicant must submit all of the following:

·         Complete application form.

·         Current resume.

·         Two (2) letters of academic recommendation relative to the degree program.

·         A letter from the department chair or faculty advisor attesting to the applicant’s admission into one of the degree programs specified above.

·         An original essay which describes the applicant’s career goals and future intentions relative to the profession of occupational safety and health or industrial hygiene.  The essay must be two (2) to four (4) pages in length and double-spaced.

·         Original, certified transcripts for all institutions attended and coursework completed.  Photocopies of transcripts will not be accepted. 


Application Documentation Requirements

·               Applications are accepted from January 21 until midnight February 28.

·               Applications and supporting documentation must be postmarked no later than midnight February 28.  

·               All documentation must be sent together in one (1) package, except transcripts which may be sent separately.

·               Applications must be mailed to:


ATTN: David Stumbo

PO Box 4087

Frankfort, KY 40602-4087


Note: Application documentation will be invalid if it is incomplete or received late and will not be considered for an award.  In such cases, applicants will not be notified.

Award Information

·               SAFE Award recipients will be announced and contacted by April 30.

·               Recipients are formally recognized in May at the Governor’s Safety and Health Conference and Exposition held in Louisville.  Recipients are encouraged to attend.

·               The monetary award will be provided to the department chair, or designated representative, prior to the upcoming semester.  Students wishing to use their SAFE Award for summer courses must notify KSHNF as soon as possible upon enrolling for the summer term.  

·               KSHNF will withhold the award if a recipient does not return to school or changes to a degree program not eligible for a SAFE Award.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are there separate undergraduate and graduate applications?

No, there is a single application.  Please fill out the areas relevant to your status.


2.  Since the deadline is February 28, 2013, does that mean it should be postmarked or received by February 28, 2013?

Your completed application and documentation must be postmarked no later than midnight February 28.


3. Can I fax or e-mail my application or supporting documentation?

No, you must mail your completed application and supporting documentation.


4. Do I need to send the original transcript or will a copy suffice?

The official transcript must be sent with the application; a copy will not be accepted.  If you are unable to mail your official transcript with your application, then you may send them separately.  You are responsible for making sure all documentation arrives on time.


5.  Awards are for students in occupational safety and health, industrial hygiene, or a related field.  What do you consider “a related field” and can you provide me with some examples?

A related field includes occupational medicine, engineering (industrial, environmental, etc.), science degrees, etc.  In these cases, the student must make a convincing case that she or he is committed to the cause of occupational safety and health as evidenced by completion of elective courses, application essay, faculty recommendation(s), work experience, etc.


6.  I’m a senior in high school – am I eligible for any of your awards?

No, eligibility is limited to students that have completed at least sixty (60) undergraduate semester hours. 

7.  My grade point average is a little under the required criteria. Am I still eligible to apply for your awards?

No, you must meet the minimum grade point average.  (Example: a 2.98 GPA is not rounded to 3.0.)


8. What are the amounts for the awards?

SAFE Awards are not a set amount.  SAFE Awards vary depending on available funds, undergraduate or graduate study, time remaining until graduation, etc.