Daniel Cuevas

HAMMOND — A Southeastern Louisiana University junior majoring in occupational safety, health and environment has been awarded a national scholarship from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

Daniel Cuevas, of Ponchatoula, received the $5,000 award based upon his cumulative GPA, a submitted essay on why he entered the program, and his commitment to obtaining professional certification upon his graduation.

Cuevas is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, serves as the director of risk management for Delta Tau Delta fraternity and is president of the Catholic Student Association.

When asked what first attracted him to the OSH&E field, Cuevas cited a family friend.

“A family friend from church worked in this field his whole life,” he said. “He was constantly talking to me about it, and it piqued my interest.”

The Southeastern OSH&E program was recently ranked among the top 20 best values in OSHE programs in the country by the website The ranking is based on quality of academics; value, which includes tuition affordability and financial aid; and the calculated average return on investment data, a guide to the success of students graduating from the program.

The OSH&E program is nationally accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET Inc.