AURORA, Ill. (June 15, 2015) – As crime scene cleanup professionals, Aftermath Services operates around three pillars: education, safety, and community. In addition to embodying these principles in our everyday work, Aftermath supports these concepts through special opportunities and annual events like the 2015 Annual Aftermath Collegiate Scholarship.
The first annual Aftermath Collegiate Scholarship was announced in April of this year, and submissions were accepted through June. In addition to meeting several basic criteria, scholarship hopefuls were challenged to write an essay that clearly and creatively explained the importance of professionalism and commitment to excellence in the workplace. Specifically, they were instructed to articulate why these two traits might be of particular importance in the field of crime scene clean up and biohazard remediation.
In just two months, over 850 applications were received, but only two winners were selected from hundreds of exceptional essays. We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Aftermath Collegiate Scholarship winners are:
Harmony Mohr of Allentown, PA – student at University of Pittsburgh
Christina Hubred of Oak Grove, MN – student at Metropolitan State University
Biohazard remediation has long been misunderstood by the general public. Many assume traditional carpet cleaning or janitorial companies offer the same services as dedicated crime scene cleaners; others believe that professional biohazard cleanup is only necessary in business settings or public places. In reality, blood and bodily fluids are potentially dangerous no matter where the incident takes place; bloodborne pathogens are invisible bacteria harbored in the blood that can potentially cause illness or disease if not handled properly. Aftermath utilizes best practices for bloodborne pathogen safety, and strives to educate consumers on the necessity of trained, professional cleanup. Aftermath technicians have a clear understanding of safety procedures and state and federal regulations, and follow them exactly in order to best protect the health and well-being of those impacted by traumatic events, including suicide or unattended death.
Guided by the principles of education, safety, and community, Aftermath has long been a trailblazer in research and establishing best practices for the biohazard remediation industry. Since 1996, Aftermath has been a fixture in communities nationwide, providing specialty cleaning services to families and businesses in need. Our compassionate staff of trained technicians are on call 24/7, ready to deliver discreet, caring service whenever and wherever you need it.
In an ongoing effort to impart the values expressed in our services, Aftermath is also hosting a $2,500 Community Matters Giveaway this summer. The contest allows one winner to donate the prize amount to a charity or community organization of their choice. The contest is still open, so be sure to fill out an entry form! Rules and other information are available here.
Once again, congratulations to this year’s winners of the Aftermath Collegiate Scholarship. Be sure to keep an eye on our blog for interviews with both students and quotes from their essays, coming in the next few weeks!
For more information on biohazard remediation and future contest announcements, visit aftermath.com.