ASSP Foundation Scholarships

Since 1990, the ASSP Foundation has awarded more than $6 million in academic scholarships and professional education grants to occupational safety and health students and professionals working towards their educational goals.

For the 2022-2023 program year, the ASSP Foundation awarded $306,000 in academic scholarships for 107 graduate and undergraduate students preparing for or supplementing their occupational safety and health careers at more than 50 different colleges and universities.

The Central Indiana Chapter is proud to announce the following Chapter members as recipients of the ASSP Foundation Scholarship, funded by ASSP Central Indiana Chapter, in memory of Jim Kriner.

Hannah Dobler – Scholarship Amount $3,000
Indiana University Bloomington
Bachelor’s Degree Program: Occupational Safety

Emmanuel Alvarez – Scholarship Amount $2,000
Indiana University Bloomington
Bachelor’s Degree Program: Environmental Health and Safety

2024 Governor’s Workplace Safety Awards and Everyday Day Heros

The Indiana Department of Labor and Central Indiana ASSP announced the winners of the 2024 Governor’s Workplace Safety Awards during the Indiana Safety Conference on February 28, 2024. The awards “provide recognition for companies based on best practices for eliminating workplace injuries and illnesses, and salute employers who have made safety and health a top priority.”

The Indiana companies were awarded in four categories:

  • Education and Outreach: Kimball International (Jasper, IN)
  • Partnerships: ZF Active Safety and Electronics US LLC (Lafayette, IN)
  • Innovations: Masterbrand Cabinets LLC, Ferdinand Operations (Ferdinand, IN)
  • Rising Star: GE Aerospace Lafayette Engine Facility (Lafayette, IN)

At the awards luncheon, seven individuals were honored and received the “Everyday Safety Hero Award,” which recognizes Hoosiers who “have championed workplace safety and health excellence” in their workplaces. The Heros were nominated by their peers or employers.

  • Jesse Neese, Yardmaster, Grain Processing Corp. (Washington)
  • James Farley, Electrical and Instruments Technician, Grain Processing Corp. (Washington)
  • Jenny Waller, Bender Operator, Cardinal IG, (Fremont)
  • Andy Burnett, Airport Operations Center Communications Manager, Indianapolis Airport Authority (Indianapolis)
  • Tyler Conrad, Metal Production Associate, Viewrail – Plant 6 (Goshen)
  • Professor Kendra Erk, Professor of Materials Engineering, Purdue University, (West Lafayette)
  • Shane Hasebly, Building Senior Manager, Purdue University (West Lafayette)

For more information visit GWSA Awards.

Future Leaders Golf Outing Scholarship Recipients

Proceeds from the 2023 Future Leaders Golf Outing provided four $2,000 scholarships to Central Indiana Chapter Student Members. Several of the recipients attended the 2024 Indiana Safety Conference and were awarded the scholarships at the Governor’s Workplace Safety Awards luncheon. Congratulations to our recipients!

Andrew Brownfield – Indiana State University

Christian Bourbai – Indiana State University

Joseph Minton – Indiana State University

Caul Barszczak – Purdue University

Fire Safety Month Coloring Contest

Thank you to the children of several of our Chapter members for submitting your coloring sheet for Fire Safety Month. Participants will receive a gift card from the Chapter.

For our next contest, send a picture of yourself, family or co-workers participating in a fire safety/prevention activity. The winner will receive a $50 gift card.

All entries must be submitted by November 1 to Only one entry per ASSP member, the winner will be announced in the November newsletter.


The Central Indiana ASSP Chapter congratulates these Hoosier employers on their recent accomplishments.

Education and Outreach Award – Gaylor Electric, Noblesville, IN

Partnership Award – Lippert Plant 50, Goshen, IN

Innovations Award – GE Aerospace Lafayette Engine Facility, Lafayette, IN

Rising Star Award – Korellis Roofing Inc., Hammond, IN

Rising Star Award – Oneal Manufacturing Services, Indianapolis, IN

For more information on the Governor’s Workplace Safety Award, visit DOL: GWSA Home (

The Chapter also congratulates the 2023 Everyday Safety Hero Award recipients.

  • Jennifer Gurtner, Channel Technician, Cardinal Glass, Fremont, IN
  • John Sanders, Group Leader, Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc, Lafayette , IN
  • Brandy Marsh, EHS Leader GE Aerospace Lafayette Engine Facility, Lafayette, IN
  • Mary Schrock, Laboratory Technician, CountryMark Refining, Mt. Vernon, IN
  • Larry Guitierrez, Site Manager/HSE Committee Chair with The Skillman Corporation, Merrillville, IN
  • Josh Beckedahl, Machine Team Lead with Major Tool & Machine, Indianapolis, IN

NEWS RELEASE: Hoosier Companies, Individuals Honored for Workplace Safety, Health