A Southeastern Louisiana University senior has been awarded a national scholarship from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.
Tyler Sansone of Baton Rouge, who majors in occupational safety, health and environment, received the $5,000 award based on cumulative grade point average, a submitted essay on why he entered the program, and his commitment to obtaining professional certification upon his graduation.
In addition to his studies at Southeastern, Sansone is a student member of the American Society of Safety Professionals and is involved in intramural sports, having participated in both men’s softball and football.
When asked what first attracted him to the OSH&E field, Sansone cited his family’s history with public safety.
“I have been around public safety my entire life with both my father and grandfather being law enforcement officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department,” he said. “While occupational safety, health, and environment is not the same type of public safety, it gives me a platform to pursue a career in a different type of public safety field.”
The Southeastern OSH&E program was recently ranked among the top 20 best values in OSHE programs in the country by the website collegevaluesonline.com. The ranking is based on quality of academics, value (which includes tuition affordability and financial aid), and the calculated average return on investment data, a guide to the success of students graduating from the program.
The OSH&E program is nationally accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. The program grew from a two-year associate’s degree program to a four-year bachelor of science program following considerable input from managers at area industries who reported a significant need for safety, health and environmental professionals.
The program prepares students for a variety of positions, including roles of environmental safety and health specialists and safety supervisors.