Workplace Safety Scholarship

An Open Letter from Richard:

Dear Applicants,

Fitzpatrick & Associates is proud to announce the annual Workplace Safety Scholarship. The idea behind the program is to help raise awareness of how we (as a nation) can increase the safety and well-being of employees across the United States. As a workers’ compensation attorney, I have seen every situation imaginable, and often find myself representing clients with injuries that could have been avoided.

If I had it my way, I would never have to represent anyone in this scenario, because the employee wouldn’t have any danger of becoming injured in the first place. This is not to say that blame should always be placed on employers, but to simply say that there needs to be stricter measures put in place in workplaces across the nation.

I decided to create this scholarship to encourage the conversation about workplace safety. Businesses should be a safe place without employees fearing for their personal safety. I plan to take the recommendations of all students submitting an essay, and compile them into a resource that will be presented to workplace safety training organizations around the nation.

The program is for undergrad students that are enrolled full-time in a college or university, and are also currently employed. Students juggling both school and work are often overwhelmed, and I believe this is a chance to reward these dedicated people.

I ask you to apply for my scholarship for two reasons: 1) to win $1,000 towards your education and more importantly 2) to help cultivate change in workplace safety. I look forward to reading all of your essays, and thank you in advance for your hard work and advice!


Richard J. Fitzpatrick

Richard Fitzpatrick is a workers’ compensation lawyer in Boston.

About the Scholarship

The Workplace Safety Scholarship is geared around writing an essay on how you would improve workplace safety. A good essay will be based on personal experience and/or observations you’ve made about the current safety status of your workplace. The guidelines for submitting an essay are as follows:

– Your own original work/ideas
– Must be between 1500-2000 words (a little more or less is acceptable)
– Submitted by December 31, 2016
– On the topic of “How Would You Make Your Workplace Safer for Employees?”
– Agreement that your ideas could be used (anonymously) in a white paper highlighting the shortcomings of workplace safety

Who is Eligible?

We are very interested in hearing the opinions and advice of every student on college campuses! Therefore, we have a very limited criteria for applying. We believe that every student deserves a shot at a scholarship, and shouldn’t be turned down just because they slept through a mid-term and got a D in Microeconomics. To be eligible for the Workplace Safety Scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

– Currently employed AND
– Accepted, or enrolled in a 2 or 4 year college or university program, OR
– Accepted, or enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school OR
– Accepted, or enrolled in a graduate-level program of any kind

Apply Now!

We are incredibly excited to read your submissions and award this scholarship! Regardless of whether you win or not, we believe all of your ideas will greatly contribute to Workplace Safety as a whole.

Submission Checklist

– All Form Fields Completed Below
– Applications Sent Only by the Contact Form
– File Must be Uploaded in Word or PDF Format
– Essay Between 1500 and 2000 Words

Deadline: December 31, 2016

Winners Will be Announced January 31, 2017

Apply for the Campus Safety Scholarship!

Your Name:Your Email:Your Phone Number:In a few sentences, please describe why you are applying for this scholarship:
Your Current University/College:Current Class (i.e. - Sophomore):Expected Graduation Date (i.e. - May 2018):Upload Your Essay: