American Industrial Hygiene Foundation

Preparing Professionals to Serve America's Workers

The mission of the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) is to advance the profession by awarding scholarship​​​s for students in industrial hygiene and related disciplines, and funding training/professional development opportunities for industrial hygienists in the first 15 years of their professional careers in industrial hygiene and related disciplines.

Since 1982, AIHF has distributed $1,784, 926 to 591 students studying industrial hygiene and related disciplines at 54 different schools and universities. These scholarships have enabled talented students to complete their education and have encouraged the most promising scholars to enter or remain in the industrial hygiene profession.

Administration of AIHF is conducted through its Board of Trustees, who are elected members and serve on a volunteer basis only. Additionally, staff members of the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation are compensated through a gift-in-kind donation from the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

The AIHF is exempt from federal income taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the AIHF are tax-deductible, as provided by law. 

To contact AIHF, call Laurie Mutdosch at (703) 846-0735 or Thursa Pecoraro at (703) 846-0768 or e-mail

AIHce 2015 Welcomes AIHF Scholarship Recipients





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​ScholarsHIP RECIPIENTS Speak Out

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Kikelomo M. Akintunde, University of North Texas Health Science Center
AIHF Scholarship Recipient

"My passion to prevent avoidable workplace accidents made me pursue a career in industrial hygiene. However, I have been faced with financial challenges in paying for my education. With this scholarship, I will be completing my master’s degree in December 2015. You have lightened my financial burden and saved me from dropping out of school. Your generosity has wiped off my tears as well as inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I hope that one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me."

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Chris Lim, New York University School of Medicine
Morton Lippmann Scholarship

"As an aspiring air pollution epidemiology and exposure assessment scholar, receiving this award means a lot to me, especially considering the namesake of the award. While Dr. Lippmann has largely retired from his activities at my department, I have had the pleasure of speaking with him a few times. He was generous in his advice and guidance, and after learning more about his research and contributions to this field, I became inspired to follow his footsteps."

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Marissa Baker, University of Washington
AIHA Location Sections Scholarship Recipient

"I am so delighted to be the recipient of the AIHA Local Section scholarship. Just last week I attended the Pacific Northwest AIHA Spring Symposium where I was invited as a guest speaker. The local sections are a great resource for IH and safety professionals and I met many people who are inspiring and making a difference in worker health and safety. My thanks to all of the donors who value my education as much as I do and made this scholarship a possibility."

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Frank Pagone, University of Illinois at Chicago
75th Anniversary Scholarship Recipient

"As the recipient of the 75th Anniversary Scholarship, I want to personally thank you for your generous scholarship and extend my sincere appreciation for the wonderful support the Foundation provides to advance the industrial hygiene and occupational safety and health profession. I am truly honored to receive this award."

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Stephanie N. Saylor, University of Michigan
AIHF Scholarship Recipient

"As a “non-traditional” student, I wear many hats that most of my classmates do not, including being a mother of two young children, wife, graduate teaching assistant, industrial hygiene intern, and a most dedicated industrial hygiene professional in the making. You have greatly eased the financial burden imposed on me by my pursuit of the MPH-Industrial Hygiene degree. I have a fervent desire to become an educator in the field and I hope to one day inspire students to dedicate themselves to the practice of industrial hygiene. I am proud to call myself an aspiring industrial hygienist and I am honored to receive your support in pursuit of these career goals."

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Heather Fowler, University of Washington
Kyle B. Dotson Scholarship Recipient
"I am truly honored to be selected as this year’s recipient of the Kyle B. Dotson Scholarship. This financial support will allow me to continue my research efforts in identifying ways to protect the safety and health of animal workers through the development and implementation of innovative interventions. Thank you very much for investing in my future."

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Josh Reed, Murray State University
BCSP Scholarship Recipient
"Being selected as a scholar recipient has truly changed my life. Your organization and members should know that they are making a difference in the world. I believe when organizations award scholarships, they are not just an aid for students to help with financial burden that college has placed upon us; scholarships are investments in young careers. The investment return from this scholarship is assisting a young man striving to achieve his ultimate career objective of becoming a distinguished safety professional so that others will have a better quality of life."

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Lauren Kokx, Grand Valley State University
George and Florence Clayton Scholarship Recipient
Steven P. Levine Memorial Scholarship Recipient
"I want to sincerely thank you for selecting me to receive the George and Florence Clayton Scholarship and the Steven P. Levine Memorial Scholarship. These scholarships are an amazing gift that I am beyond thankful for."

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Kathryn Leonard, University of Iowa
Clyde M. Berry Scholarship Recipient
Philadelphia Local Section Scholarship Recipient
"I am truly honored and grateful for being chosen as the recipient for the Clyde M. Berry Scholarship and the Philadelphia Local Section Scholarship. My internship with the EHRS office at the University of Pennsylvania was what made me decide to continue education and pursue a career in the field of industrial hygiene. I learned so much from the staff there and was introduced to a wide range of health and safety scenarios. I realized how much good I could do in this field. I am very proud and excited to protect workers and promote health and safety."

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Charlene Nguyen, University of California, Los Angeles
Lawrence R. Birkner and Ruth K. McIntyre-Birkner Memorial Scholarship Recipient

"I did not expect industrial hygiene and worker safety and health to be solid passions of mine, but more and more I am grateful that my career path is in this direction. To be able to use my skills, talents, and compassion to protect workers from hazardous exposures and potentially contribute lasting changes governing workers’ health is a privilege that I do not want to go to waste. This scholarship will certainly support me in my endeavor of becoming an exceptional and engaged industrial hygienist."