Since 1977, the Campus Safety, Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) has sponsored an annual Scholarship Award Program to encourage the study of safety and environmental management and to promote careers in this field. This scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Fay Thompson.


The scholarship is open to undergraduate students who:

  • Are currently registered as a full-time student in a 4-year degree-granting course of study in an institution of higher education in North America
  • Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 and at least one full year of study remaining in their degree program
  • Are enrolled in majors geared toward an Environmental Health & Safety career (such as, but not limited to, Environmental Science, Fire Protection, Health Physics, Industrial Engineering, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Health, Safety, etc.)
  • Complete the application form and submit all required documentation.

Application Requirements and Process

To be considered for the award, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Meet the above eligibility criteria
  2. Complete the application form
  3. Submit a current transcript with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5
  4. Write and submit a one-page essay (1” margins, single-spaced, 10 point font) relevant to the topic given below


Each application will be evaluated based on the applicant’s eligibility, submission of required information, and essay composition. The evaluation form will be released when the application window is open.

Award Amount

One scholarship for $3,000 will be awarded to the qualifying applicant who submits the winning essay. The scholarship will be presented or announced at the CSHEMA Annual Conference in July. The winner will receive an invitation to attend the CSHEMA Annual Conference, with the cost of attendance (registration, hotel, and airfare) covered by CSHEMA.

Submit Your Application

The application window is open from December 1st and will close March 1st, 2022.

Scholarship Application

Essay Prompt:

In the last two years, college and university Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) departments have played various roles to assist with managing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In your essay, identify the most innovative ways that you feel your campus EHS professionals contributed to help move your campus forward. If you were part of the EHS team, what other ideas, strategies, and/or concrete actions would you have advised be taken to keep the campus community safe and healthy while maintaining the mission of the institution? Provide supporting information, facts, and data.

Scholarship Scoring Rubric (100 Points Possible):

Possible Points



Failure to meet the Eligibility criteria and/or submit required documents.

0-15 points

Relevance: Does the essay address the issue identified in the prompt and focus on the applicant’s college or university campus?

0-20 points

Innovation: Has the applicant described innovative ways their campus EHS professionals addressed the identified issue?

0-20 points

Effectiveness: Will the other ideas, strategies, and/or concrete actions proposed by the applicant solve the identified problem? Could there be unintended consequences that might have a negative impact?

0-10 points

Feasibility: Are the other ideas, strategies, and/or concrete actions proposed by the applicant cost effective or cost prohibitive? How easy would it be to implement the other proposed actions to solve the problem?

0-5 points

Thesis statement

0-5 points

Introduction and conclusion

0-5 points

Supporting arguments

0-5 points


0-5 points

Grammar, spelling, and punctuation

0-10 points 

Overall Composition (Is the essay written well? Is it organized well? Does the essay clearly and concisely communicate the applicant’s ideas? Etc.)

Scholarship Application

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CSHEMA is an institutional member-based organization. Institutional membership allows all those at a given school to receive member benefits.

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Do you know a CSHEMA Member you would like to nominate for a Board of Trustees position?

Nominations are now open

Board of Trustees Nomination Form

Award Submission Form

Submit your nominations today.