2020 Scott SKLENar scholarhip recipients

The La Crosse Area Occupational Safety and Health Council (LAOSHC) members are pleased to announce 2020 Scott Sklenar academic scholarship recipients. Three out of 17 students were chosen to receive this award due to their outstanding academic achievements, letters of recommendation and pursuit of a degree in a safety or health field. The scholarship also includes a complimentary one-year membership to LAOSHC..

Brianna Dolinar (Waukesha, WI)

Eta Sigma Gamma member and community volunteer is pursing a Public Health and Community Health Education at UW-La Crosse. Brianna hopes to work directly with companies to prevent workplace injuries and improve overall health. Brianna believes that, “ By using preventative method of medicine, many work accidents could be avoided and overall health would be boosted for the employees”. Brianna specific interests focus on creating wellness workplace programs for employees with opioid epidemic in addition to chronic diseases such as diabetes. 

Merissa Larson (Holmen, WI)

A community volunteer is pursing a degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology at UW-La Crosse and finishing her degree as an intern at Marshfield Clinic Health System. She has spent a significant amount of time learning about the affects of radiation and the need for PPE and had this to say, “ Safety is a top priority when dealing with radioactive materials on a daily bases”. After graduation she intends to obtain a Doctor of Optometry degree. Her private practice ambition is to offer eye protection, including free eye screenings for less fortunate children as well as an incentive type summer reading program at local schools.

Trent Thorson (Hillsboro, WI)

A 4 year varsity athlete in football, basketball and baseball, a 3 year member of National Honor Society and a 4 year member of H-Club and community volunteer is pursing a degree in Exercise and Sports Science at UW-La Crosse. Trent plans to specialize in athlete nutrition, and the treatment and prevention of sports injuries. “It is my dream to someday work as a Sports Chiropractor. Having a career in the healthcare field will be a way for me to continue my mission to help others”. Trent plans to achieve his Chiropractic degree after his bachelor’s. 

Awards will be presented to awardees at the LAOSHC membership meeting on June 22, 2020, noon at the Boothill Pub. 



Up to $1,000 in scholarship award(s) to students pursuing a degree in workplace safety or occupational health. 

The Scott Sklenar Safety Scholarship is committed to promoting health and safety at work in the Greater La Crosse Area. 

Candidates must plan to use their training and education to provide workplace safety and/or occupational health services preferably to La Crosse County employers. The award includes a free one-year membership to LAOSHC.

Priority will be given to students enrolled in a workplace safety or occupational health field at a La Crosse area campus, Western Technical College, Viterbo University, or the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. The Council will consider scholarship applications from students who grew up in the La Crosse area, but are pursuing a workplace safety or occupational health degree at other colleges or universities.

Applications are due March 10 and awarded mid April with presentations at the LAOSHC annual membership meeting on May 18, 2020.

For Application, please click the link below