Scholarship Funds

ASSP Columbia-Willamette Chapter Leadership Award


Walter G. Thorsell Memorial Scholarship Fund
Honoring Jack Durkin, Thomas McMahon and Walter Thorsell

The purpose of these funds is to provide educational aid to deserving students who are enrolled in an institution of higher education and are seeking degrees in disciplines preparatory to a career in occupational safety, health and/or environmental science (SHE).

  • Applicants enrolled in an Associate Degree program will be considered for the Leadership Award.
  • Applicants enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree program will be considered for both the Thorsell and Leadership awards.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Candidates must be enrolled at an institution of higher education in an Associate, Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree program related to occupational safety, health and/or environmental science.
  • Candidates must have completed at least one term of study in a SHE related program.
  • Candidates must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75.
  • Candidates must be an active member of a student section of ASSP or be a student member of ASSP and participate in professional chapter/section activities if no student section is on campus.
  • Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, residents of Oregon or Washington.

Selection Criteria

  1. A demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in the field of occupational safety, health and/or environmental science.
  2. A statement of interest in the field.
  3. Participation in an ASSP student section or professional chapter/section.

How to Obtain an Application

Applicants can fill out the online application below or request a PDF version of the application by sending an email to the Development Committee Chair at

Deadline for Submitting Applications

The application period is open October 1st – end of February. Complete applications along with supporting information must be received by the end of February.

Disbursal of Funds

Award recipients will be contacted by March 31st. The funds will be disbursed directly to the recipient’s educational institution.

Submit Your Application

    Your Name

    Resident of


    Street Address



    Zip Code

    E-mail Address

    Phone Number

    Candidates must be enrolled in a qualifying program and must have completed one term of study.

    Name of University or College

    Current Year (for Undergraduate)


    Current Year (for Graduate)



    Cumulative GPA

    Cumulative Credit Hours

    Year and Term Safety Program begun

    Year & Term anticipated completion of degree

    Are you a current member of a Student Section or student member of Professional ASSP Chapter/Section?

    Name of ASSP Chapter or Section

    Briefly describe your involvement with ASSP. Include leadership positions, special projects and/or contributions.

    Enter response below or upload your file.  

    Provide a statement describing your interest in the occupational safety, health and/or environment science field. Please include your plans for your future career in the field.

    Enter response below or upload your D.  

    Provide optional supporting documentation such as a current resume and/or a letter of reference.