Scholarships & Grants

ASSE 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 or Master Degree program will be considered for both the Thorsell and Leadership awards.

Eligibility Requirements
  1. Candidates must be matriculated at an institution of higher education in an associate, bachelor or master degree program related to occupational safety, health and/or environmental science.
  2. Candidates must have completed at least one term of study in a SHE related program.
  3. Candidates must have maintained a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 prior to selection.
  4. Candidates must be an active member of a student section of ASSE or be a student member of ASSE and participate in professional chapter/section activities if no student section is on campus.
  5. Candidates must be legal 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 ASSE student section or professional chapter/section.
  4. Financial need (this will not be the determining factor except when all other qualifications are equal).
How to Obtain an Application
Applications are posted on the ASSE-CWC website.  Click here to download the application .
For more information, contact the Development Chair at
  • February 1:  Call for Applications – Application period opens.  The application is posted on the Chapter website and is emailed to all Student Section Liaisons and Advisors (see org. chart) and the OSU Foundation.  One application is used for both scholarships.
  • March 31:  Application period closes
  • April 1- 30:  Committee reviews applications and selects award recipients
  • May:  Announcement at the Officer’s Installation Banquet
Disbursal of Funds

Award recipients will be notified and funds will be disbursed to the recipient’s educational institution.