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Josephine Gay Scholarship


This annual scholarship award helps to promote the mission of the Safe and Sound Schools Foundation, The Scholarship recognizes and honors Josephine Gay, a victim of the December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook school tragedy. Josephine was a first grade student at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Josephine’s mother, Michele Gay is one of the founders of the Safe and Sound Schools Foundation. Michele is a graduate of Towson University in Maryland, and also served as an elementary teacher in Maryland. 

The Scholarship will be awarded to an ASBO MD&DC member who demonstrates commitment to school safety, to provide safe and secure schools for students and staff.

ASBO will provide funding, up to $1500, to pay for the registration, lodging and travel of the scholarship awardee to attend the National Summit on School Safety, or other similar school safety conference that is approved, sanctioned or suggested by the Safe and Sound School Foundation.  


The award is to help provide the tools and resources to a school staff member who serves as a key decision maker in their school district regarding school safety and security. It is the intent of this award to provide the opportunities of professional development in the area of school safety for the awardee to learn, share and implement best practice ideas to provide and maintain safe school environments for students, teachers and staff.


The Josephine Gay Scholarship Award


The award will encompass registration, hotel accommodations and travel costs to the National Summit on School Safety, hosted by Safe and Sound Schools. In the event the National Summit is no longer pertinent, the awardee will receive similar complimentary access to a similar event approved or sanctioned by the Safe and Sound Schools Foundation.


  • Applicant must be a current member of ASBO MD&DC.
  • Applicant must be employed as a full-time school business employee of a Maryland or District of Columbia school district, in a content area that is at least 50% dedicated to school safety and/or security. ASBO MD&DC recognizes some smaller districts do not have a dedicated full-time person for the position of Safety Officer. The person serving in this role may also serve in another capacity, while still serving as the schools primary Safety Officer.


Submit a 1-2-page description of the following to the Executive Director at

  • Describe your role in school safety at your school district. Include your job title, and the duties specific to school safety and/or security.
  • Describe the goals you have for your school district as it relates to school safety and security.
  • Describe how award of this scholarship will help you achieve these goals.


The Evaluation Committee will consist of the Executive Director, Awards Committee Chair, two Directors-at-Large.  Applications are due to the Executive Director by close of business February 1, 2019. The Committee will notify the recipient of the award by February 8, 2019.