Advanced Degrees

Advanced Degrees

The John and Brenda Walton Endowed Scholarship is an award to a student currently enrolled in an accredited respiratory care educational program that leads to a baccalaureate or master’s degree. The ARCF may award up to $5,000 annually to a student meeting the requirements. The scholarship consists of a certificate of recognition, coach airfare, one night’s lodging, and registration for the AARC Congress

The John and Brenda Walton Endowed Scholarship

General Information

The John and Brenda Walton Endowed Scholarship is an award to a student currently enrolled in an accredited respiratory care educational program that leads to a baccalaureate or master’s degree. The ARCF may award up to $5,000 annually to a student meeting the requirements. The scholarship consists of a certificate of recognition, coach airfare, one night’s lodging and registration for the AARC Congress.

Requirements

  1. Completed application form
  2. Letter from the director of admissions verifying that applicant is enrolled in an accredited baccalaureate or master’s degree program in respiratory care
  3. Letter from the AARC verifying that the applicant is currently a student or active member of the AARC.
  4. Letter from an officer of an AARC chartered affiliate in the state the applicant is enrolled noting active participation in affiliate activities. Alternatively, a letter from a chairperson of an AARC Specialty Section noting applicant is an active participant in that section.
  5. An original essay of at least 1200 words describing how the award will assist the applicant in achieving a baccalaureate or master’s degree in respiratory care and the applicant’s ultimate goal of a leadership position within this profession.
  6. Two letters of recommendation – one from the respiratory care program director and one from a senior faculty member attesting to:
    1. The candidate’s worthiness for the award, and
    2. The candidate’s potential for a leadership role in respiratory care.

Points to Consider in Submitting an Essay

In addition to submitting some basic personal information, the candidate will also be required to attach a personal essay of at least 1,200 words describing how this award will assist the applicant in reaching the objective of a baccalaureate or master’s degree and the candidate’s ultimate goals of leadership in respiratory care health care.  The essay should include a cover page with the author’s name, address, and phone number. The body of the essay should be devoid of any information such as applicant’s name, address, or school that could bias an evaluation. See Points to Consider in Submitting an Essay.

Applications are accepted Jan 1–June 30. Applications will not be considered unless all supporting documents have been received.

Previous award recipients are eligible to reapply if the applicant is maintaining good standing in the baccalaureate or master’s degree program, maintains AARC membership and active role in AARC related leadership activities and is the most deserving candidate in the judgment of the Board of Trustees or its designated selection committee. Should the Board of Trustees receive multiple qualified applicants, preference will be given to a candidate enrolled in a respiratory care program in Illinois.