Making the Grade: MSF Awards Academic Scholarships
Montana’s aging workforce faces a wave of retirements, especially in the construction and trades industries. In addition, this field has a higher percentage of workplace injuries than average. To improve the safety record, and encourage the next generation to enter these fields, MSF recently awarded $4,000 scholarships to 15 college students majoring in the occupational health and safety or construction trades professions.
These scholarships are part of MSF’s Growing a Safer Montana (GSM) initiative. The program aims to educate young workers about the importance of workplace safety before they enter the workforce.
MSF began offering these competitive academic scholarships in 2018. In that time the number of scholarships and the amounts has risen. This year $4,000 scholarships were awarded to 15 students. Last year 11 students received $3,000 scholarships. And in the first year, 10 students were awarded $1,500 each. In all, MSF has awarded 36 students a total of $108,000 in scholarship monies.
The application process includes taking an educational quiz, writing an essay on the importance of safety specific to the applicants desired industry and how they plan to champion safety in the future. The application also requires two letters of recommendation. Finally, the student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
The 2020 recipients include:
Flathead Valley Community College
Jon Carlson – Electrical Technology
Gregory McCleerey – Welding Technology
Brian Hollingsworth – Industrial Machine Technology
Vanessa Janckila- Welding Technology
Hayden Wood – Welding Technology
David Anderson – Carpentry
University of MT (Bitterroot)
Annika Gordon – – Sustainable Construction Technology
University of Montana
Troy Bawden – Construction Technology
Casey Paulson – Sustainable Construction Technology
David Ingalls – -Construction Technology/Carpentry
Cara O’Donnell – BS) Occupational Safety and Health
Kelsey Schmidt – MS) Industrial Hygiene
Abigail Passage – (BS) Occupational Safety and Health
Blake Nichols – (BS) Occupational Safety and Health
Jacques Boulet – (BS) Occupational Safety and Health
To find out more about Growing a Safer Montana, visit our website