MURRAY, Ky. — Students in the Murray State University American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) student section have received national scholarships and developed local scholarships benefiting Murray State students.

Six students in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) received a combination of $43,950 in scholarships through the ASSP Foundation. Scholarship recipients include Lauren Cox of Murray, Kentucky, Ian Dean of Brimfield, Illinois, Rachel Gootee of Madisonville, Kentucky, Jacob Littlefield of La Grange, Kentucky, James McIntyre of Benton, Kentucky, and Amber Van Duyse of De Pere, Wisconsin.

“Our students have again been recognized as being part of a top-tier occupational safety and health program,” said Dr. David Wilbanks, assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health. “It is impressive to see this level of affirmation by the ASSP foundation, both in terms of the number and value of the scholarships awarded.  I am very proud of all of our students and particularly of this year’s scholarship winners.”

To give back to the University, the Murray State ASSP student section presented the OSH department with $500 to purchase new equipment and research supplies. The donation serves as a sign of appreciation for the department’s continued support of ASSP students throughout the years.


To give back to Murray State University, the Murray State American Society of Safety Professionals student section presented the OSH department with $500 to purchase new equipment and research supplies. From left are Dr. Tracey Wortham, Department of Occupational Safety and Health chair and Lauren Cox, student section president.

To give back to Murray State University, the Murray State American Society of Safety Professionals student section presented the OSH department with $500 to purchase new equipment and research supplies. From left are Dr. Tracey Wortham, Department of Occupational Safety and Health chair and Lauren Cox, student section president.

In conjunction with the Purchase Area ASSP parent chapter, the Murray State ASSP student section also created a $1,000 scholarship award for its members. This year, senior John Gafford of Cumberland City, Tennessee, was the scholarship recipient. The Murray State ASSP student section hopes to renew the scholarship annually to provide financial assistance to students pursuing OSH degrees.

In conjunction with the Purchase Area ASSP parent chapter, the Murray State ASSP student section also created a $1,000 scholarship award for its members. From left are Randy Gray, president of the Purchase Area AASP parent chapter, scholarship recipient and Murray State OSH student John Gafford and Lauren Cox, Murray State ASSP student section president.

In conjunction with the Purchase Area ASSP parent chapter, the Murray State ASSP student section also created a $1,000 scholarship award for its members. From left are Randy Gray, president of the Purchase Area AASP parent chapter, scholarship recipient and Murray State OSH student John Gafford and Lauren Cox, Murray State ASSP student section president.

In addition, students Rachel Gootee and Michael Brandon Windle, of Liberty Hill, Texas, received a combination of $10,000 in Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) Foundation scholarships, provided to graduate safety practitioner (GSP) qualified academic programs (QAP).

Murray State OSH alumnus, Dr. Travis Kruse, was also selected to the BCSP Foundation Board of Trustees.

“Like many other Murray State alums, I hold dear my memories of Murray and take great pride in the education I received and experiences gained,” said Dr. Travis Kruse, ‘00, ‘02, senior director of safety strategy and solutions at Grainger Industrial Supply based in Lake Forest, Illinois. “The department and faculty provided me with the necessary tools to help me succeed and held me accountable for achieving my destiny.”

Print Friendly, PDF & Email