VPPPA's 2020 Awards & Scholarships Season is now closed. Click here to see a complete list of the 2020 winners.

VPPPA offers a number of programs to recognize the extraordinary efforts of member sites and individuals who go above and beyond in their efforts to improve safety and health for the American workforce. VPPPA also provides scholarships to the VPPPA employees and their children who are pursuing degrees in the safety, health and environmental fields. 

Due to COVID, the 2020 VPPPA awards and scholarships winners will be recognized at the annual Safety+ Symposium, in Nashville, TN, in 2021. However, plaques and checks will be mailed to the winners in August 2020. Winners receive a commemorative award and gain visibility in VPPPA publications and the national media. In addition, a letter of distinction is sent to key individuals, including the winner's CEO, plant manager and OSHA officials.

The VPPPA Annual Awards recognize association member sites and individuals that have made outstanding contributions to the mission of VPPPA during the previous year.

The VPPPA Safety & Health Achievement Program recognizes the outstanding contributions of hourly or staff workers at VPPPA member sites who are not safety and health professionals and do not spend more than 25% of their time on safety and health related activities. Note: The Safety & Health Achievement Program is postponed for the 2020 submission year. The Awards Committee is currently reviewing the testing and submission process to have a newer format available for the 2021 submission year.

The VPPPA Scholarship Program supports students who have demonstrated leadership and commitment to safety and health in their schools and communities.

“I am very grateful for this scholarship. I didn't know if I was going to be able to afford college. I have been job searching and praying for an answer to my problem. This is a real blessing, so I sincerely thank VPPPA from the bottom of my heart. For answering my prayers. I am so happy now! Thank you!” - Hope Wachtel, 2016 Stephen Brown Scholarship Winner, Carelton, NE 

My name is Garrett Hamby,  I was selected as the recipient of the 2015 Stephen Brown Scholarship. The benefits of receiving this award helped tremendously towards my school fees and tuition. Overall it helped pave the way to get to where I am now and helped me achieve the goals I set for myself and also build my future. - Garrett Hamby, 2015 Stephen Brown Scholarship Winner, Richland, WA

To support VPPPA's Scholarships and future leaders in safety and health, please find out more about the VPPPA Scholarship Fund.