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

Scholarship Value: $7,500
Awards Available: 1
Award Deadline: Jun 1, 2024

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 AARC Congress.

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.

Points to Consider in Submitting an Essay

In addition to submitting some basic personal information, you will also be required to:

  1. 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 online. 
  2. 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 online. 

Applications are accepted Jan. 1–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.

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