Student Awards

Undergraduate Student Awards

Morton B. Duggan, Jr. Memorial Education Recognition Award

General Information

The Morton B. Duggan, Jr. Memorial Education Recognition Award is awarded to a student currently enrolled in an accredited respiratory care education program. Preference given to candidates from Georgia and South Carolina.

The American Respiratory Care Foundation may award up to $1,000 in memory of Morton B. Duggan, Jr. Applicants/nominees are accepted from all states, with preference given to candidates from Georgia and South Carolina. This award consists of a certificate of recognition, coach airfare, one night’s lodging, and registration for the AARC Congress 2018.

Requirements

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Must provide verification of enrollment in an accredited respiratory care training program.
  3. Must provide official transcript verifying a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent.
  4. An original referenced paper on some aspect of respiratory care. The paper should include a cover page giving only the title of the paper. The paper should be devoid of any information such as the applicant’s name, address, or school that could provide a bias in the evaluation.
  5. Must provide letters of recommendation from the program director or other senior faculty member and from the medical director or other physician instructor attesting to: a) approval of candidate’s paper, b) candidate’s worthiness for the award, and c) candidate’s potential for a career in the profession of respiratory care.

Please note that the application deadline is June 1.

Application
Online Application Form
Paper Submission Guidelines
Points to Consider in Submitting an Essay

Use the Online Application Form to apply for the ARCF’s Education Recognition Awards. In addition to submitting some basic personal information, you will also be required to:

  1. Send supporting documents by mail to complete your application. See the tab “List of Documents” to the left.
  2. Attach an original referenced paper on some aspect of respiratory care to the online form if applying for an undergraduate award. The paper should include a cover page giving only the title of the paper, and should be devoid of any information such as applicant’s name, address, or school that could provide a bias in the evaluation. See Paper Submission Guidelines
  3. Attach a personal essay of at least 1,200 words describing how this award will assist the applicant in reaching the objective of a degree and the candidate’s ultimate goals of leadership in health care if applying for the William W. Burgin/Robert Lawrence award. The paper should include a cover page with the author’s name, address, and phone number. The body of the paper should be devoid of any information such as applicant’s name, address, or school that could provide a bias in the evaluation. See Points to Consider in Submitting an Essay

Applications are accepted at any time; however, the deadline for accepting applications at the ARCF Office is June 1.  Applications will not be considered unless all supporting documents have been sent.

Previous undergraduate award recipients are eligible to reapply. Previous postgraduate award recipients may apply for, and receive, an award a second and third year if the applicant is maintaining good standing in an advanced degree program and is the most deserving candidate in the judgment of the Board of Trustees or its designated selection committee.

List of Documents

To complete your online application, you must also mail supporting documents to the ARCF. The deadline for accepting applications in the ARCF office is June 1. Applications will not be considered unless accompanied by all supporting documents.

Undergraduate Award Documents

  1. A letter from director of admissions verifying enrollment in an accredited respiratory care educational program.
  2. An official transcript verifying a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or more on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent.
  3. Letters of recommendation from the program director or other senior faculty member AND from the medical director or other physician instructor attesting to:
    • approval of candidate’s paper
    • candidate’s worthiness for the award
    • candidate’s potential for a career in the profession of respiratory care

Mail documents to:
American Respiratory Care Foundation
9425 North MacArthur Blvd, Suite 100
Irving, TX 75063-4706

Past Award Recipients

  • 2017—Nkiruka M. Achionye
  • 2016—Kelli E. Sloan
  • 2015—HaleyCheshier
  • 2014—Amelia Andrews
  • 2013—Stewart Morrison
  • 2013—Stewart Morrison
  • 2012—Claudia Ramos
  • 2011—Not Awarded
  • 2010—Meredith Wood
  • 2009—Jessica Edgerton
  • 2008—Daniel R. Martini
  • 2007—Caitlin Fincher
  • 2006—Jessica Davelaar
  • 2005—Leslie Gordon
  • 2004—Trang Huynk
  • 2003—Ginger Maddox
  • 2002—Carol L. Hickok
  • 2001—Alyssa Paetau
  • 2000—Aeiza Shaikh
  • 1999—Deirdre D. Walusis
  • 1998—Natasha L. Hawthorne
  • 1997—Christina L. McGee
  • 1996—Walter E. Pugh
  • 1995—David T. Bland
  • 1994—Tina Marie Hodgin
  • 1993—Susan L. Overstreet
  • 1992—Mark A. Willing
  • 1991—John Cunningham
  • 1990—David W. Garrard

Jimmy A. Young Memorial Education Recognition Award

General Information

The American Respiratory Care Foundation may award up to $1,000 in memory of Jimmy A. Young, past president of the AARC, who personally contributed greatly to respiratory care education. The foundation prefers that nominations be made by a representative of the school or an accredited respiratory training program, however, any student may initiate a request for sponsorship in order that a deserving candidate is not denied the opportunity to compete simply because the school does not initiate the application. Preference will be given to nominees of minority origin. This award consists a certificate of recognition, coach airfare, one night’s lodging, and registration for the AARC Congress 2018.

Requirements

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Must provide verification of enrollment in an accredited respiratory care training program.
  3. Must provide official transcript verifying a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent.
  4. An original referenced paper on some aspect of respiratory care. The paper should include a cover page giving only the title of the paper. The paper should be devoid of any information such as the applicant’s name, address, or school that could provide a bias in the evaluation.
  5. Must provide letters of recommendation from the program director or other senior faculty member and from the medical director or other physician instructor attesting to: a) approval of candidate’s paper, b) candidate’s worthiness for the award, and c) candidate’s potential for a career in the profession of respiratory care.

Please note that the application deadline is June 1.

Application
Online Application Form
Paper Submission Guidelines
Points to Consider in Submitting an Essay

Use the Online Application Form to apply for the ARCF’s Education Recognition Awards. In addition to submitting some basic personal information, you will also be required to:

  1. Send supporting documents by mail to complete your application. See the tab “List of Documents” to the left.
  2. Attach an original referenced paper on some aspect of respiratory care to the online form if applying for an undergraduate award. The paper should include a cover page giving only the title of the paper, and should be devoid of any information such as applicant’s name, address, or school that could provide a bias in the evaluation. See Paper Submission Guidelines
  3. Attach a personal essay of at least 1,200 words describing how this award will assist the applicant in reaching the objective of a degree and the candidate’s ultimate goals of leadership in health care if applying for the William W. Burgin/Robert Lawrence award. The paper should include a cover page with the author’s name, address, and phone number. The body of the paper should be devoid of any information such as applicant’s name, address, or school that could provide a bias in the evaluation. See Points to Consider in Submitting an Essay

Applications are accepted at any time; however, the deadline for accepting applications at the ARCF Office is June 1.  Applications will not be considered unless all supporting documents have been sent.

Previous undergraduate award recipients are eligible to reapply. Previous postgraduate award recipients may apply for, and receive, an award a second and third year if the applicant is maintaining good standing in an advanced degree program and is the most deserving candidate in the judgment of the Board of Trustees or its designated selection committee.

List of Documents

To complete your online application, you must also mail supporting documents to the ARCF. The deadline for accepting applications in the ARCF office is June 1. Applications will not be considered unless accompanied by all supporting documents.

Undergraduate Award Documents

  1. A letter from director of admissions verifying enrollment in an accredited respiratory care educational program.
  2. An official transcript verifying a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or more on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent.
  3. Letters of recommendation from the program director or other senior faculty member AND from the medical director or other physician instructor attesting to:
    • approval of candidate’s paper
    • candidate’s worthiness for the award
    • candidate’s potential for a career in the profession of respiratory care

Mail documents to:
American Respiratory Care Foundation
9425 North MacArthur Blvd, Suite 100
Irving, TX 75063-4706

Past Award Recipients

  • 2017—Melanie C. Walker
  • 2016—Bethany S. Kosary
  • 2015—Hannah R. Tkach
  • 2014—Victoria Theobalt
  • 2013—Kanokon Raksriksorn
  • 2012—Janet J. Vadakkan
  • 2011—Not Awarded
  • 2010—Sade Adepoju
  • 2009—Not Awarded
  • 2008—Robert P. Arguello
  • 2007—Tsai-ying Wang
  • 2006—Adam Whittemore
  • 2005—Camille Chin
  • 2004—Shalini Singh
  • 2003—Clement Chee Kin Yan
  • 2002—Emi D. Taylor
  • 2001—Nadia Chapman
  • 2000—Stephen R. Reynolds
  • 1999—Gelicia C. Jackson
  • 1998—Edgar F. Mahinay
  • 1997—Enes Harper
  • 1996—Not awarded
  • 1995—Brandi Kaiulani Wilson
  • 1994—Jana J. Tyler
  • 1993—Poutrise Peters
  • 1992—Rupnarain P. Roopnarine
  • 1991—Christopher Olson
  • 1990—Raquel M. Gonzalez

NBRC William W. Burgin, Jr., MD and Robert M. Lawrence, MD Education Recognition Award

General Information

The American Respiratory Care Foundation and the National Board for Respiratory Care may award up to $7,500 annually to a third or fourth-year student enrolled in an accredited respiratory therapy program leading to a Baccalaureate degree. This award also consists of a certificate of recognition, coach airfare, one night’s lodging, and registration for the AARC Congress 2018.

Requirements

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Must provide official transcript verifying a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent.
  3. Letter from director of admissions verifying enrollment in an accredited Baccalaureate degree respiratory care educational program.
  4. An original referenced paper on some aspect of respiratory care. The paper should include a cover page giving only the title of the paper. The paper should be devoid of any information such as the applicant’s name, address, or school that could provide a bias in the evaluation.
  5. An original essay of at least 1,200 words describing how this award will assist the applicant in reaching the objective of a degree and the candidate’s ultimate goals of leadership in health care. The paper should include a cover page with the author’s name, address and phone number. The body of the paper should be devoid of any information such as applicant’s name, address, or school that could provide a bias in the evaluation.
  6. Letters of recommendation from the program director or other senior faculty member and from the medical director or other physician instructor attesting to: a) approval of candidate’s paper, b) candidate’s worthiness for the award, and c) candidate’s potential for a career in the profession of respiratory care.

Please note that the application deadline is June 1.

Application
Online Application Form
Paper Submission Guidelines
Points to Consider in Submitting an Essay

Use the Online Application Form to apply for the ARCF’s Education Recognition Awards. In addition to submitting some basic personal information, you will also be required to:

  1. Send supporting documents by mail to complete your application. See the tab “List of Documents” to the left.
  2. Attach an original referenced paper on some aspect of respiratory care to the online form if applying for an undergraduate award. The paper should include a cover page giving only the title of the paper, and should be devoid of any information such as applicant’s name, address, or school that could provide a bias in the evaluation. See Paper Submission Guidelines
  3. Attach a personal essay of at least 1,200 words describing how this award will assist the applicant in reaching the objective of a degree and the candidate’s ultimate goals of leadership in health care if applying for the William W. Burgin/Robert Lawrence award. The paper should include a cover page with the author’s name, address, and phone number. The body of the paper should be devoid of any information such as applicant’s name, address, or school that could provide a bias in the evaluation. See Points to Consider in Submitting an Essay

Applications are accepted at any time; however, the deadline for accepting applications at the ARCF Office is June 1.  Applications will not be considered unless all supporting documents have been sent.

Previous undergraduate award recipients are eligible to reapply. Previous postgraduate award recipients may apply for, and receive, an award a second and third year if the applicant is maintaining good standing in an advanced degree program and is the most deserving candidate in the judgment of the Board of Trustees or its designated selection committee.

List of Documents

To complete your online application, you must also mail supporting documents to the ARCF. The deadline for accepting applications in the ARCF office is June 1. Applications will not be considered unless accompanied by all supporting documents.

Undergraduate Award Documents

  1. A letter from director of admissions verifying enrollment in an accredited respiratory care educational program.
  2. An official transcript verifying a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or more on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent.
  3. Letters of recommendation from the program director or other senior faculty member AND from the medical director or other physician instructor attesting to:
    • approval of candidate’s paper
    • candidate’s worthiness for the award
    • candidate’s potential for a career in the profession of respiratory care

Mail documents to:
American Respiratory Care Foundation
9425 North MacArthur Blvd, Suite 100
Irving, TX 75063-4706

Past Award Recipients

  • 2017—Nkiruka M. Achionye
  • 2016—Nkiruka M. Achionye
  • 2015—Karissa L. Kuneli
  • 2014—Christina Rocks
  • 2013—Katherine Meza
  • 2012—Not Awarded
  • 2011—Donovan Peace
  • 2010—Amber Galer
  • 2009—Garrick B. Spoon
  • 2008—Cierra L. Fortson
  • 2007—Rhonda Baumberger
  • 2006—Rachel Blake
  • 2005—Karen Ahlsten
  • 2004—Latrell S. Hays
  • 2003—Dee A. Ely
  • 2002—Patti Ann Sawyer
  • 2001—Morgan Elliott
  • 2000—Edith D. Martin
  • 1999—Steven G. Sheils
  • 1998—Laura L. Ziegler
  • 1997—Johanna Gilstrap
  • 1996—Urmi A. Masher
  • 1995—April Lynn Pedersen

Postgraduate Student Awards

The ARCF offers the following Education Recognition Awards to respiratory therapists who are pursuing an advanced degree. All awards include a certificate of recognition, coach airfare, one night’s lodging, and registration for the AARC Congress 2018.

Applications are accepted from January 1 through June 1.

NBRC Gareth B. Gish, MS, RRT Memorial Postgraduate Education Recognition Award

General Information

The American Respiratory Care Foundation and the National Board for Respiratory Care awards up to $2,500 in memory of Gareth B. Gish, MS, RRT to a respiratory therapist pursuing postgraduate education leading to an advanced degree. The award consists of a certificate of recognition, coach airfare, one night’s lodging, and registration for the AARC Congress 2018. May also include a cash award up to $2,500.

The Gareth B. Gish award was established in 1999 in memory of Mr. Gish, who was a true pioneer of the profession. Mr. Gish made enormous contributions to our understanding of the science of respiratory care and mentored literally thousands of therapists throughout his career.

Requirements

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Must be a respiratory therapist who has at least a Baccalaureate degree with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent. If no Baccalaureate degree, then a letter of matriculation from a graduate program and an undergraduate transcript will suffice.
  3. Must provide official transcript verifying a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent.
  4. Must provide proof of acceptance into an advanced degree program of a fully accredited school and proof applicant is a candidate for a degree AND a letter from the program chair or committee chair indication applicant is a candidate for a degree.
  5. Must provide letter of recommendation from the program director or other senior faculty member and two letters of recommendation from the medical director or other physician instructor attesting to: a) approval of candidate’s paper, b) candidate’s worthiness for the award, and c) candidate’s potential for a career in the profession of respiratory care.
  6. Must submit an essay consisting of at least 1,200 words describing how the award will assist the applicant in reaching his/her goal of an advanced degree and the candidate’s statement of how achievement of this advanced degree will advance the profession of respiratory care.

As long as the minimum criteria are met, repeat awards may be considered by the ARCF Board of Trustees.

Please note that the application deadline is June 1.

Application

Online Application Form
Paper Submission Guidelines
Points to Consider in Submitting an Essay

Use the Online Application Form to apply for the ARCF’s Education Recognition Awards. In addition to submitting some basic personal information, you will also be required to:

  1. Send supporting documents by mail to complete your application. See the tab “List of Documents” to the left.
  2. Attach an original referenced paper on some aspect of respiratory care to the online form if applying for an undergraduate award. The paper should include a cover page giving only the title of the paper, and should be devoid of any information such as applicant’s name, address, or school that could provide a bias in the evaluation. See the Paper Submission Guidelines
  3. Attach a personal essay of at least 1,200 words describing how this award will assist the applicant in reaching the objective of a degree and the candidate’s ultimate goals of leadership in health care if applying for the William W. Burgin/Robert Lawrence award. The paper should include a cover page with the author’s name, address, and phone number. The body of the paper should be devoid of any information such as applicant’s name, address, or school that could provide a bias in the evaluation. See Points to Consider in Submitting an Essay

Applications are accepted at any time; however, the deadline for accepting applications at the ARCF Office is June 1.  Applications will not be considered unless all supporting documents have been sent.

Previous undergraduate award recipients are eligible to reapply. Previous postgraduate award recipients may apply for, and receive, an award a second and third year if the applicant is maintaining good standing in an advanced degree program and is the most deserving candidate in the judgment of the Board of Trustees or its designated selection committee.

List of Documents

To complete your online application, you must also mail supporting documents to the ARCF. The deadline for accepting applications in the ARCF office is June 1. Applications will not be considered unless accompanied by all supporting documents.

Postgraduate Award Documents

  1. Proof of acceptance into an advanced degree program and a letter from the program chair or committee chair indicating applicant is a candidate for a degree.
  2. Three letters of reference attesting to your character, academic ability, and professional commitment. Please comment on the following:
    • Capacity in which you have observed, and length of time you have known the applicant
    • Your evaluation of the applicant’s past academic, employment, and/or volunteer record
    • Your judgment of applicant’s ability to undertake and complete his/her degree
    • Your evaluation of applicant’s career potential
    • Any other information that would assist the Selection Committee
  3. An official transcript verifying a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or more on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent in the candidate’s undergraduate program.

Mail documents to:
American Respiratory Care Foundation
9425 North MacArthur Blvd, Suite 100
Irving, TX 75063-4706

Past Award Recipients

  • 2017—Marby McKinney, MEd, RRT-NPS, CPFT, AE-C
  • 2016—Tabatha M. Dragonberry, MEd, RRT-NPS, AE-C, ACCS, CPFT, C-NPT
  • 2015—Kevin Collins, MS, RRT, RPFT, AE-C
  • 2014—Sherry Whiteman, BS, RRT
  • 2013—Charity Clark, BS, RRT
  • 2012—Matthew Trojanowski, BA, RRT
  • 2011—Daniel D. Rowley
  • 2010—Cynthia White, BA, RRT-NPS, AE-C
  • 2009—Ashley F. Dulle, BS, RRT, AE-C
  • 2008—Rena Barker, BS, RRT, AE-C
  • 2007—John Salazar, BS, RRT
  • 2006—Christy Kane, Med, RRT-NPS
  • 2005—Mary Ann Couture, MEd, RRT-NPS
  • 2004—Linda Birnbaum, MS, RRT
  • 2003—Linda Birnbaum, MS, RRT
  • 2002—Linda Stone, RRT, CPFT
  • 2001—Mary Jane Johnson, RRT
  • 2000—Arzu Ari, MS, CRT, CPFT
  • 1999—Margaret A. Swanson, MS, RRT

William F. Miller, MD Postgraduate Education Recognition Award

General Information

The American Respiratory Care Foundation awards up to $1,500 to assist qualified respiratory therapists in the pursuit of postgraduate education leading to an advanced degree. This award was established by a contribution from William F. Miller, MD in 1992. The award also consists of a certificate of recognition, coach airfare, one night’s lodging, and registration for the AARC Congress 2018.

Requirements

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Must be a respiratory therapist who has at least a Baccalaureate degree with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent. If no Baccalaureate degree, then a letter of matriculation from a graduate program and an undergraduate transcript will suffice.
  3. Must provide proof of acceptance into an advanced degree program of a fully accredited school and proof applicant is a candidate for a degree.
  4. Must provide letter of recommendation from the program director or other senior faculty member and two letters of recommendation from the medical director or other physician instructor attesting to: a) approval of candidate’s paper, b) candidate’s worthiness for the award, and c) candidate’s potential for a career in the profession of respiratory care.
  5. Must submit an essay consisting of at least 1,200 words describing how the award will assist the applicant in reaching his/her goal of an advanced degree and the candidate’s statement of how achievement of this advanced degree will advance the profession of respiratory care.

As long as the minimum criteria are met, repeat awards may be considered by the ARCF Board of Trustees.

Please note that the application deadline is June 1.

Application

Online Application Form
Paper Submission Guidelines
Points to Consider in Submitting an Essay

Use the Online Application Form to apply for the ARCF’s Education Recognition Awards. In addition to submitting some basic personal information, you will also be required to:

  1. Send supporting documents by mail to complete your application. See the tab “List of Documents” to the left.
  2. Attach an original referenced paper on some aspect of respiratory care to the online form if applying for an undergraduate award. The paper should include a cover page giving only the title of the paper, and should be devoid of any information such as applicant’s name, address, or school that could provide a bias in the evaluation. See the Paper Submission Guidelines
  3. Attach a personal essay of at least 1,200 words describing how this award will assist the applicant in reaching the objective of a degree and the candidate’s ultimate goals of leadership in health care if applying for the William W. Burgin/Robert Lawrence award. The paper should include a cover page with the author’s name, address, and phone number. The body of the paper should be devoid of any information such as applicant’s name, address, or school that could provide a bias in the evaluation. See Points to Consider in Submitting an Essay

Applications are accepted at any time; however, the deadline for accepting applications at the ARCF Office is June 1.  Applications will not be considered unless all supporting documents have been sent.

Previous undergraduate award recipients are eligible to reapply. Previous postgraduate award recipients may apply for, and receive, an award a second and third year if the applicant is maintaining good standing in an advanced degree program and is the most deserving candidate in the judgment of the Board of Trustees or its designated selection committee.

List of Documents

To complete your online application, you must also mail supporting documents to the ARCF. The deadline for accepting applications in the ARCF office is June 1. Applications will not be considered unless accompanied by all supporting documents.

Postgraduate Award Documents

  1. Proof of acceptance into an advanced degree program and a letter from the program chair or committee chair indicating applicant is a candidate for a degree.
  2. Three letters of reference attesting to your character, academic ability, and professional commitment. Please comment on the following:
    • Capacity in which you have observed, and length of time you have known the applicant
    • Your evaluation of the applicant’s past academic, employment, and/or volunteer record
    • Your judgment of applicant’s ability to undertake and complete his/her degree
    • Your evaluation of applicant’s career potential
    • Any other information that would assist the Selection Committee
  3. An official transcript verifying a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or more on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent in the candidate’s undergraduate program.

Mail documents to:
American Respiratory Care Foundation
9425 North MacArthur Blvd, Suite 100
Irving, TX 75063-4706

Past Award Recipients

  • 2017—Kevin P. Collins, MS, RRT, RPFT, AE-C
  • 2016—Kevin P. Collins, MS, RRT, RPFT, AE-C
  • 2015—Kelly L. Colwell, MRC, RRT, NPS, CPFT, AE-C
  • 2014—Janelle Gardiner, MS, RRT, AE-C
  • 2013—Jared Rice, BSRT, RRT-NPS, RPFT, AE-C
  • 2012—Bryan A. Wattier, BA, RRT
  • 2011—Carl Hinkson
  • 2010—Mary Martinasek, MPH, RRT-NPS, RPFT, AE-C, CHES
  • 2009—Leah Carlson
  • 2008—Janelle Gardiner, BS, RRT
  • 2007—Saumy Joseph, BS
  • 2006—Not Awarded
  • 2005—Nancy Colletti, MS, RRT, CPFT
  • 2004—Christy Kane, MEd, RRT-NPS
  • 2003—Richard Branson, MS, RRT
  • 2002—Joel P. Harris, BA, RRT
  • 2001—Lisa Rapple, Med, RRT
  • 2000—Anna W. Parkman, MBA, RRT
  • 1999—Charles R. Hall, Sr., RRT, RPFT
  • 1998—Jeffrey D. Standridge, MEd, RRT
  • 1997—Thomas V. Hill, MS, RRT
  • 1996—Kathleen F. Lee, MS, RRT
  • 1995—Lynda Thomas-Goodfellow, MBA, RRT
  • 1994—Robert L. Joyner, Jr.
  • 1993—Patricia Branson
  • 1992—Robert Shaw, RCP

The above listed awards, grants and fellowships may have tax implications to the recipient. Depending on the circumstance and filing requirements, an information tax form (i.e. 1099) may or may not be issued from the ARCF. In any case, we recommend that all recipients consult with their tax advisor to ensure compliance with IRS regulations.