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The Monty C. Lish & Stanley O. McNaughton Scholarship

This scholarship for safety and health careers was created with the intention of fostering a sense of enthusiasm among students, encouraging them to consider the rewarding possibilities that lie within the realm of safety and health professions.

Now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 academic year!

Deadline: April 26th, 2024.

Congratulations to our 2024-25 scholarship recipient!

We take great pride in unveiling the distinguished individual selected as the recipient of the Monty C. Lish and Stanley O. McNaughton Scholarship for Safety and Health Careers for the academic year of 2023-24.

Tyler Kleinsasser

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

2024-25 recipient

Tyler’s interest in safety developed early through family influence, with several family members in related industries. As an ambitious student, Tyler maintains a 4.0 GPA. Beyond academics, he actively participates in community initiatives, volunteer projects, and professional development events. After graduation, Tyler strives to pursue a challenging and rewarding safety-related career and eventually start his own company.

Applications open in February 2025 for the 2025-26 academic year.

The Monty C. Lish and Stanley O. McNaughton Scholarship is funded by Evergreen Safety Council’s membership dues.

“Safety is a profession. We’re safety professionals, not safety cops. Policies and procedures and handbooks are always going to be there. The most important thing is if you want to have a strong safety culture in your workplace, you need to build those relationships at work so they understand what safety is about. My goal is to make sure everyone goes home safe to their families at night.”

— Scholarship recipient Viri Magana

Previous scholarship recipients

Tristan Campbell

Central Washington University

2021-22 recipient

Campbell, who is studying Safety and Health Management at Central Washington University, says his experience in the construction field prompted a career focus on workplace health and safety. 

In discussions with co-workers, he realized how common on-the-job injuries are. “I got interested in why that is,” he says. “When I was thinking about going to college, the health and safety program at Central came up. I’m excited to be able to stay in the construction field and give back to a profession that I’m really fond of.”

Viri Magana

Central Washington University

Magana, who is majoring in Safety and Health Management at Central Washington University, was inspired to pursue a career in the field after noticing that the language gap between Spanish-speaking employees and their English-speaking employers often resulted in preventable workplace incidents and injuries.

“I have a lot of family members in construction,” she explains. “Before I graduated from high school I noticed a lot of them were getting injured at work. They would tell me there was never a Spanish speaker on site to talk to them about training and what they would need to not get injured.”

Magana aims to change that by breaking down language barriers and establishing clear lines of communication between workers and management. “If you want to have a strong safety culture in your workplace, you need to build those relationships at work so they understand what safety is about,” she says.

Joseph Van

Tacoma Community College

Joseph Van is this year’s third scholarship recipient. He attends Tacoma Community College, where he is taking classes in environmental science as prerequisites for further studies in biology or forestry—fields he says have potential to intersect with safety training. 

Previous Recipients

Surafel made the deliberate choice to study Safety and Health Management at Central Washington University out of a genuine concern for the well-being of individuals in the workplace. He aspires to collaborate with organizations to develop and implement effective safety programs that contribute to the well-being of workers, protect lives, and foster a culture where safety is ingrained in every aspect of the workplace.

Joseph Van attends Tacoma Community College, where he is taking classes in environmental science as prerequisites for further studies in biology or forestry—fields he says have potential to intersect with safety training. 

Magana, who is majoring in Safety and Health Management at Central Washington University, was inspired to pursue a career in the field after noticing that the language gap between Spanish-speaking employees and their English-speaking employers often resulted in preventable workplace incidents and injuries. Magana aims to change that by breaking down language barriers and establishing clear lines of communication between workers and management.

Campbell, who is studying Safety and Health Management at Central Washington University, says his experience in the construction field prompted a career focus on workplace health and safety.

Chloe has been studying Psychology and Public Health and will be receiving her masters in Behavioral Health. She attends Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.

Nicole Anders Hermann Brothers Logging & Construction Inc. Natalie Smith LTI, Inc.

William Collins City of Bremerton, Jessica Dyck Evergreen Safety Council

Natalie Smith LTI, Inc., Jessica Dyck Evergreen Safety Council

Jacob Welch Cascade Natural Gas, Jordan Marti NW Traffic Control

Mackenzie Matthews Cascade Natural Gas, Michelle Rudd LTI, Inc.

Amber Baumgarten Cascade Natural Gas

Mary Fantazia Jones Stevedoring Company, Morgan Hofman Cascade Natural Gas

Meghan McKnight City of Bainbridge Island

Jesse Stafford Pabco Roofing Products

Susan Eylander Associated Grocers, Inc., Alyson Scott Seattle Steam Company

Benjamin Eigner Associated Grocers, Aranjeet Singh Dept. of Health

Sarah Fantazia Jones Stevedoring Company

Aranjeet Singh Dept. of Health

Sarah Fantazia Jones Stevedoring Company

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