ATLANTA, Aug. 15, 2007 – Delta Air Lines, as part of its Delta's Force for Global Good, is partnering with the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association (VPPPA) in the 2007 Safety, Health and Environmental Scholarship Program.

This scholarship program unites Delta’s commitment to positive local and global change and the Association’s mission to further safety, health and environmental excellence. Together, they intend to recognize students who actively engage in occupational safety, health and/or environmental outreach in their schools, communities and/or workplace.
“This scholarship program reflects Delta Air Lines values and beliefs in safety, health and environmental leadership and social responsibility” says Jim Swartz, Delta Airlines Corporate Director of Safety, Health and Environment.

In addition to demonstrated occupational safety, health and/or environmental outreach, applicants are judged on leadership skills, extracurricular activities, involvement in professional organizations, communication skills and other awards and honors earned at educational institutions or at their place of employment.
“This joint venture represents both our organizations’ efforts to advance occupational excellence in the safety, health and environment field” says R. Davis Layne, Executive Director, VPPPA. “By supporting students pursuing a degree in this field, we hope to help develop our future leaders.”
Based on the nature of Delta Air Lines’ business, applications from VPPPA sites associated with the aviation industry will be given preference, but all eligible applicants are encouraged to apply.
The five Delta-sponsored scholarships, at $2,000 each, are the newest addition to VPPPA’s scholarship program established in 2005 and available to applicants who either work at a current VPP site or who are the children/grandchildren of an employee of a VPP site.
VPPPA, a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, is dedicated to promoting advances in worker safety, health and environmental excellence. Our mission is to be a leader in health, safety and environment through cooperation among communities, workers, industries and governments. The more than 1,700 VPPPA members primarily consist of worksites that have been approved, or are seeking approval, into the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or Department of Energy’s (DOE) Voluntary Protection Programs. For more information about VPP, please visit or call (703) 761-1146.

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