SAFE Scholarship Program

What are the “SAFE” Award scholarships?

Annually, the Kentucky Safety and Health Network, Inc. provides scholarships to eligible undergraduate and graduate college students. The scholarships are referred to as the Scholastic Achievement for Education Awards, or “SAFE” Awards.

Eligibility Requirements,

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

Academic Qualifications

For Undergraduate students

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.

For Graduate students

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.

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:

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.

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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:

P.O. Box 4087
Frankfort, KY 40604-4087


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. 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 KSHN as soon as possible upon enrolling for the summer term.KSHN will withhold the award if a recipient does not return to school or changes to a degree program not eligible for a SAFE Award. Email for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, there is a single application. Please fill out the areas relevant to your status.
Your completed application and documentation must be postmarked no later than midnight February 28.
Your completed application and documentation must be postmarked no later than midnight February 28.
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.
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.
No, eligibility is limited to students that have completed at least sixty (60) undergraduate semester hours.
No, you must meet the minimum grade point average. (Example: a 2.98 GPA is not rounded to 3.0.)
SAFE Awards are not a set amount. SAFE Awards vary depending on available funds, undergraduate or graduate study, time remaining until graduation, etc.