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American Respiratory Care Foundation

Grants, Student Loans, & Fellowships

American Respiratory Care Foundation (ARCF) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting health, providing preventative measures for diseases, and improving the overall environment for mankind. ARCF takes pride in educating the public about respiratory health by providing educational courses and training to healthcare providers.

Its mission is to create a healthier outlook for people through prevention, excellent treatment programs, and respiratory disease management. As part of their mission, ARCF supports research efforts by financing clinical and economic research projects. ARCF also assists with charitable activities, offers educational activities, a number of publications, as well as a financial aid program for students and professionals. Healthcare professionals can be nominated for a number of achievement awards and literary awards, and can apply for any of ARCF’s research grants. Detailed information can be found on ARCF’s website.

This article expands on ARCF’s financial aid program designed for students pursuing a degree program in respiratory care or other closely related health field.

American Respiratory Care Foundation Financial Aid Program

The American Respiratory Care Foundation (ARCF) offers several recognition awards to qualifying undergraduate and graduate students.

ARCF’s undergraduate recognition awards are designed for students enrolled in an accredited respiratory care degree program. Recipients of these awards receive a cash prize, a certificate of recognition, airfare to the AARC International Respiratory Congress, as well as complimentary registration to the event, and one night’s lodging.

Here are the awards offered:

  • Morton B. Duggan, Jr. Memorial Education Recognition Award: Students interested in this award must complete and submit a notarized application form, provide proof of enrollment from an accredited respiratory care education program, and possess a minimum grade point average of 3.0 with proof of an official transcript. An original research paper on a topic of respiratory care, along with three letters of recommendation is also required. Cash award is typically up to $1,000. Preference is given to qualifying students from the states of South Carolina and Georgia. Deadline for this award is in June.
  • Jimmy A. Young Memorial Education Recognition: This award provides up to $1,000 to a student who completes and submits a notarized application, provides proof of enrollment in a respiratory care program, and, possesses a grade point average minimum of 3.0. In addition, students must provide three letters of recommendation, and an original referenced paper on a specific area of respiratory care. Preference is given to minority students. Application deadline is in June.
  • William W. Burgin, Jr., MD Education Recognition Award: ARCF offers this annual award together with the National Board of Respiratory Care, and Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. Amount awarded to qualifying students can range up to $2,500. Students must be second-year students enrolled in an accredited respiratory therapy program pursuing an associate’s degree. Candidates can apply for this award, or be nominated by the institution or educational program. Applicants must include a completed, notarized application; a letter of verification proving applicant is enrolled in the proper program; an original 1200-word essay; an original referenced paper on a topic of respiratory care; and three letters of recommendation. Application deadline is in June.
  • NBRC/AMP Robert M. Lawrence, MD Education Recognition Award: This award is made possible by ARCF, the National Board of Respiratory Care, and Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. This award gives up to $2,500 each year to a third or fourth-year students enrolled in a respiratory therapy program pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must complete and submit a notarized application form; a letter of verification from the director of admissions where the student is enrolled in a respiratory care degree program; an original paper on a topic of respiratory care; an original 1200-word essay; and, three letters of recommendation. Deadline for this award is in June.

ARCF also offers postgraduate students financial assistance by offering two specialized education recognition awards to respiratory therapists seeking an advanced degree. Each award includes a cash prize, airfare, one night’s lodging, and complimentary registration to the AARC International Respiratory Congress, along with a certificate of recognition.

  • NBRC/AMP Gareth B. Gish, MS, RRT Memorial Postgraduate Education Recognition Award: This award is made possible by ARCF, the National Board of Respiratory Care and Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. Recipient may also receive a cash award up to $1,500. Applicants must complete and submit a notarized application; three letters of reference; a 1200-word essay; and, confirmation of approval from an advanced degree program. Applicants should be respiratory therapists with a bachelor’s degree and a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Deadline for this award is in June.
  • William F. Miller, MD Postgraduate Education Recognition Award: This award provides $1,500 to qualifying respiratory therapists pursuing an advanced degree. To be considered, applicants must complete and submit a notarized application form; possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0; provide confirmation of approval from an advanced degree program; three letters of reference; and, a 1200-word essay. Application deadline is in June.

American Respiratory Care Foundation Financial Aid Program: Special Notes

ARCF provides financial support, however, awards are scarce, so apply early to ensure your application is considered.

Research grants are also available to professionals conducting research on respiratory care. Go to ARCF’s website for details on research grant availability and requirements.

International fellowships are available to non-U.S. healthcare professionals wanting to learn and observe how respiratory care is practiced here. For details on this special opportunity, go to ARCF’s website.

How to Contact the American Respiratory Care Foundation

American Respiratory Care Foundation
Attn: Kris Kuykendall
9425 North MacArthur Blvd., Ste. 100
Irving, TX 75063-4706

PH: (972) 243-2272
FAX: (972) 484-2720
www.arcfoundation.org

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