After an exhaustive review process, Charles Johnson, President of the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), is proud to announce that Jordan Keelan, Occupational Safety and Health Management student at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Allendale, MI, is the winner of the 2020 Daniel K. Shipp Scholarship for $2,500.  Keelen is an active member of GVSU’s chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and a Dean’s List recipient.

Through the COVID-19 pandemic, Keelen has seen first-hand the importance of health and safety management across communities.

“The words ‘health’ and ‘safety’ have been discussed a lot during the pandemic, reminding me this field of study stretches beyond the classroom or the workplace,” said Keelen. “My future career is vital to a safe and healthy workplace and community, and my education could ultimately help save lives.”

ISEA instituted the Daniel K. Shipp Scholarship to encourage new generations to enter the Safety and Health profession, and to help defray educational costs to those pursuing this career path. It was created to recognize the contribution that Shipp has made to ISEA and the safety and health of American workers during his 25 years as President of ISEA. 

 “We congratulate Mr. Keelan and welcome him into the field of health of safety,” said Johnson. “Helping to ensure the safety and health of workers around the world is a top priority at ISEA. To do so, we need creative, bright new minds to join the industry and lead future generations for innovation and benchmark standards. We watch with anticipation to see the progress Mr. Keelan makes along with past award winners.”

Keelan joins an elite group of recipients in the three years of the scholarship. Past winners include Samantha Kusters studying aerospace engineering at the University of Florida, and Patrick DeIvernois studying Safety, Health, and Environmental Applied Sciences  at Indiana University of Pennsylvania

The annual scholarship in the amount of $2,500 is open to all college undergraduate students enrolled in majors geared toward a career in safety and health (such as, but not limited to, Environmental Science, Fire Protection, Health Physics, Industrial Engineering, Nursing, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Health & Safety), and who are currently registered as full-time students in North America. This scholarship is awarded based on academic and extra-curricular achievement and financial need, and the recipients are selected by an independent review panel unaffiliated with ISEA.