American Industrial Hygiene Foundation


​AIHF Mission: Pr​eparing 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 re​lated 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 more than $1.8 million to 623 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 (AIHA).  

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.  

For more information, please contact  Patricia Hussey, Program Director.   

Why I Donate

 I support the Foundation for two reasons. The first is charitable in that I want to give back to the profession that has provided me a very rewarding career. The second is I want to be able to find qualified and motivated hygienists to hire and the Foundation scholarships help keep talent entering the profession. - Thomas G. Grumbles, CIH, AIHF Donor

 The Impact of a Donation


Samantha D. Knowlton 




Samantha D. Knowlton, University of Iowa
2016-2017 Robert W. Wheeler Scholarship Recipient

I am honored that you have selected me as the 2016-2017 recipient of the Bob Wheeler Scholarship. When I received the call telling me that I was selected, I was extremely thankful. By receiving this scholarship, I can continue to pursue my master's degree fincially to be one step closer to becoming a certified industrial hygienist.

Benjamin Weiler 




Benjamin Weiler, Montana Tech
2016-2017 AIHF Scholarship Recipient

It is professional organizations such as yours thathave enabled me to continue my education and further my professional development. I have truly developed a passion for this field and that is why I decided to enroll in an industrial hygiene master's program. Upon completion of my degree, I plan on becoming a certified industrial hygienist and continue my career in this field. I know how highly respected this credential is and look forward to the challenge of obtaining it. 

Abigail Tompkins 



 Abigail Tompkins, University of Iowa College of Public Health
2016-2017 Real Time Detection Systems Scholarship Recipient 
I can not express how gracious I am to be a recipient of the Real Time Detection Systems Scholarship. This is something, an honor, of which I have always dreamed of accomplishing. I look forward to  the future knowing I have made an impact on professionals such as yourselves.  

Kelsey Smith 


Kelsey Smith, University of Central Missouri
2016-2017 Board of Ceritified Safety Professional Scholarship

I was estatic to learn that I was selected as the BCSP Scholarship recipient. I cannot thank you enough for your genorsity and support. I ensure you, I will continue to make my education a priority and hopefully in the future, I will be able to give back and support the young professionals in the safety and health community as you have done for me. 

Noma Agbonifo 



Noma Agbonifo, CSP, University of Cincinnati
2016-2017 Ohio Valley Local Section Scholarship

I am very delighted to learn of being selected as one of the AIHF scholarship recipients. My involvement in the occupational and environmental health and safetty practice was born out of my innate passion to protect people. Words cannot express how grateful I am to all who made this happen for a small immigrant boy working hard to make a difference in an ever-changing world.

​​​​AIHF Scholarship Recipients at AIHce 2016​  

Baltimore, Maryland


Scholarship Recipients at AIHce 2015
Salt Lake City, Utah