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Five Respiratory Therapists Receive Education Recognition Awards

Each year, the ARCF honors students who submit entries for the ARCF Education Recognition Awards for undergraduate and postgraduate respiratory studies. Recipients received complimentary registration to the 2014 AARC Congress and awards ceremony. Inspiring comments were shared by the student recipients:

  • William F. Miller, MD Postgraduate Education Award – Janelle Gardiner, MS, RRT, AE-C
  • Morton B. Duggan, Jr., Memorial Education Award – Amelia Andrews
  • Jimmy A. Young Memorial Education Award – Victoria Theobalt
  • NBRC/AMP William W. Burgin Jr., MD & Robert M. Lawrence, MD Education Award – Christina Rocks
  • NBRC/AMP Gareth B. Gish, MS, RRT Memorial Postgraduate Education Award – Sherry Whiteman, BS, RRT

William F. Miller, MD Postgraduate Education Recognition Award

 “I am forever grateful to receive the 2014 William F. Miller Postgraduate Education Recognition Award.  I have been enrolled in and working toward a Doctor of Health Sciences degree at A. T. Still since Aug 2012.  I am nearing completion, and will be graduating in June 2015.  This will, in part, be realized because of the award.  The completion of my doctoral degree will allow me professional growth in the world of academia.  I have been fortunate to increase my understanding of health care, research, and education.  I have no doubt that this knowledge will serve me well in my professional career as a respiratory therapy educator.  Beyond all of that, furthering my education has allowed me immeasurable personal growth as well.  I express my sincere appreciation to the ARCF for extending this honor to me again this year.” – Janelle Gardiner, MS, RRT, AE-C, Ogden, UT, professor at Weber State University

The William F. Miller, MD Award assists qualified respiratory therapists in the pursuit of postgraduate education leading to an advanced degree and was established in 1988 by an initial contribution William F. Miller, MD.  

Morton B. Duggan, Jr., Memorial Education Recognition Award

"Receiving this award has been a true gift. Everyone is aware of how expensive college is. This award will help pay off my school expenses and relieve some financial stress that college can impose. I have a real passion for Respiratory Therapy and receiving this honor has only encouraged me further. I am deeply grateful for this award and the support I have received from my professors and the ARCF." – Amelia Andrews, Savannah, GA, student at Armstrong State University Respiratory Therapy Program

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.

Jimmy A. Young Memorial Education Recognition Award

 “I am honored and grateful to receive the 2014 Jimmy A. Young Memorial Award. This scholarship will give me the opportunity to further my education as a respiratory care student at Collin College. I am committed to acquiring the skills and knowledge that will successfully begin my career as a respiratory therapist. Looking forward, my goals are to provide the best possible care to my patients and ultimately contribute to the future of respiratory care.” – Victoria Theobalt, Wylie TX,  Collin College Respiratory Care Program

The ARCF 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.

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

“Receiving this award has inspired me to not only continue to excel in my undergraduate studies, but also to continue to expand on my research of the respiratory aspect of critical cardiac care. While at the AARC Congress, one of the newly inducted fellows urged me to pursue my research interests because my "generation of RTs are the profession's future." This award has already opened more doors for me than I could have imagined and has reassured me that I have not only picked a great field, but also that the field of respiratory has accepted me as a valued member.” – Christina Rocks, Rockaway Park, NY, Long Island University Respiratory Care Program

The ARCF and the National Board for Respiratory Care, together with its wholly owned subsidiary, Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. 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.

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

“The ARCF award has proven very beneficial, allowing me to apply the funds toward my graduate studies tuition.  I will be graduating in May – earlier than planned.  The education I have received has assisted me in creating a better learning environment for my students, as well as pursue leadership opportunities with the AARC and MSRC.  In addition, I am concentrating my time on creating a simulation resource as part of my graduate capstone project and considering participating in a medical mission trip to Belize this summer.  The ARCF has opened the door to many opportunities for me – and I am extremely grateful.” – Sherry Whiteman, BS, RRT, Neosho, MO

The ARCF and the National Board for Respiratory Care, together with its wholly owned subsidiary, Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc., 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.

Learn more about the qualifications for undergraduate or postgraduate awards, visit the ARCF’s grants, awards and fellowship webpage.

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