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OSU FPST Students Win National Scholarships from the ASSE Foundation

(STILLWATER, Okla., March 27, 2017) Two Fire Protection and Safety Technology students have been awarded scholarships from the American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation.

Katharine Jolly was awarded the UPS scholarship and the Archie Moore Scholarship. These combined scholarships totaled over $6000 in funds to be used for tuition, fees and other educational expenses.

Hongen Zhou was award the Nick D. Yin Scholarship which included $3000 in funds to be used for educational expenses.

Chartered in 1990 by the ASSE Board of Directors, the Foundation exists to provide programs and opportunities to advance the safety profession. The ASSE Foundation leads the safety profession on research initiatives that benefit the global community, while also providing educational opportunities, leadership development, and financial resources to benefit safety students and professionals.

Katharine (Katie) Jolly was award the UPS Scholarship and the Archie Moore Scholarship through the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation. Katie is a junior in the Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology program and hails from Elgin, Oklahoma.  Katie has served the ASSE-OSU student section chapter as Secretary in 2015-16 and as vice president in 2016-17. Last year, she completed an internship as a Safety Engineer Intern with Valero Energy Corporation at their Meraux Louisiana Refinery and plans to return to Valero in the summer of 2017 at the St. Charles Louisiana Refinery. Katie has received the OSU University Leadership Scholarship every semester she has attended Oklahoma State University. After completing her bachelor’s degree in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology, Katie hopes to work in the oil and gas sector as a safety engineer.   She also plans to further her education by entering the OSU new graduate program in Fire Safety and Explosion Protection.

Hongen Zhou is an international student from China, and a junior in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology. Since 2016, Hongen has studied in Oklahoma State University as a transfer student from Southwest Jiaotong University. Hongen hopes to further his studies in fire safety field after graduation to improve the safety of the living environment in his homeland. Hongen is a member of the ASSE-OSU student section as well as the OSU Chinese Students and Scholars Association.

Since 1990, the ASSE Foundation has awarded more than $2.3 million in scholarships and professional education grants to students beginning their studies in occupational safety and professionals seeking to continue their education. We offer more than 100 awards each year ranging from $500 to $15,000 each. More than 1,100 safety students and professionals have advanced their careers, thanks to the generosity of the safety community.


Archie Moore Scholarship

The OSU Ranger Fire School Instructors have established a scholarship for a student attending Oklahoma State University in honor of Chief Archie Moore.

Chief Moore had the unfortunate experience of watching his father and step-mother perish in an LP Gas transport accident.  As a result of that incident, Chief Moore dedicated the rest of his professional career to promoting LP Gas safety. 

For several years, Chief Moore worked for the State of Oklahoma on the regulations regarding LP Gas transportation and handling.   He was part of a team of three emergency responders for the Rock Island Railroad.  This team responded to many train derailments throughout the Midwest and saved many towns from destruction from LP Gas explosions.   

For the last 25 years of his professional life, Chief Moore worked for Ranger Insurance.  Ranger Insurance was one of the leading insurance companies of LP Gas dealers throughout the United States. One of Chief Moore’s responsibilities was to design a traveling LP Gas Fire School.  At that time, there were no blueprints to work from.  Working with a live tank was something not a lot of people were willing to do.  Through some trial and error, the fire school took shape and off they went.  At first this was a full time traveling fire school.  They would work with both volunteer and paid fire departments throughout the lower 48 United States.  After a couple of years, Ranger decided to only use the Fire School during the summer months and to hire summer instructors.  Chief Moore knew exactly where to go to find his summer instructors, the Fire Protection and Safety Technology Program at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.  Each year, Chief Moore would hire two to three students to crisscross the United States and hold the Fire Schools on a nightly basis.  The firemen received hands-on training and were taught how to use water spray patterns to safely contain the gas enough so someone might be able to turn off the valve and remove the fuel that fed the fire.  During his tenure as Chief, the Ranger Fire School trained more than 145,000 firefighters.   

Chief Moore was an excellent role model for these college men and women.  He was always trying to improve the Fire School to give the firemen the best training possible.    It is that level of professionalism that Chief Moore instilled in his instructors that have made many of them a success in their professional lives.  This scholarship was established to encourage excellence in college students.


UPS Scholarship

Since 2002, UPS has been one of the biggest contributors to the ASSE Foundation, donating nearly $500,000 toward scholarships. In that time, UPS has helped more than 90 students complete degrees in occupational safety and health. UPS also was instrumental in creating a Diversity Scholarship Program, which focuses on minority students in the field of professional safety. 

UPS also provides a conference scholarship to its six recipients allowing them to attend ASSE’s annual professional development conference, where they get a chance to network with safety professionals, meet potential employers and participate in educational sessions that will help launch their careers.

Founded in 1951 and based in Atlanta, GA, the UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its support will clearly impact social concerns. UPS is the world’s largest express carrier and package delivery company, serving more than 200 countries and territories with 360,000 employees nationwide.


Nik D. Yin Scholarship

The Nik D. Yin Scholarship was created in 2013 for students from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau seeking an occupational, health and safety degree in the United States. It was the first global scholarship created by the American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation.

To date, four students have received awards of $3,000 each.

Nick was born in China and grew up in Taiwan. He is currently serving as ASSE Ambassador to Greater China and as Advisor for Chinese Occupational Safety and Health Association.

Nick is a 40-year veteran in the occupational, safety and health profession and a long-time member of both ASSE and AIHA (American Industrial Hygiene Association). He has received many honors from AIHA, Including the Edward J. Bair Award (outstanding efforts and accomplishments in the practice of Industrial Hygiene), President’s Award, Distinguished Service Award and Volunteer Group Service Award. He became an AIHA Fellow in 1998. Nick also received the President’s Award from ASSE in 2014. He served as Chairman for AIHA International Affairs Committee, Membership Committee and Sampling and Laboratory Analysis Committee. He also is certified by ABIH as CIH, BCSP as CSP.

Nick received a BS in Chemistry from Chung Yuan University in Taiwan, MA in Chemistry from City University of New York. He worked for NASA, TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) and American Cyanamid Company as Manager of Occupational Safety and Health Service and Director, Corporate IH Laboratory. He also has served as an AIHA Ambassador to China for many years.