2024 Respiratory Care Scholarships and Awards

It’s that time of year again! Scholarship and award applications are now live, and we have several exciting opportunities for applicants. Through our support of the American Respiratory Care Foundation (ARCF) and The Lambda Beta Society, we’re able to continue to promote and advance the respiratory care profession with our contributions to scholarships and awards.

The following awards and scholarships from The Lambda Beta Society and ARCF support respiratory care students’ and practitioners’ educational journeys. They will be presented in November at the annual American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) International Congress in Orlando, Florida.



Apply by May 31, 2024

Any student currently enrolled in a respiratory care program at a Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) accredited school may apply. These awards also include $750 in travel expenses and full registration to this year’s AARC International Congress in Orlando, Florida. Candidates must meet application requirements.

Frederic Helmholz, MD Scholarship – Up to $2,500

Presented on the merit of an independent, original narrative review of literature related to respiratory care practice.

To apply for the Frederic Helmholz, MD Scholarship, click here.

CoARC Stephen P. Mikles, EdD, RRT, FAARC Media Award – $2,000

Presented on the merit of an original presentation relevant to respiratory care. Acceptable formats include PowerPoint, or other digital presentation platforms, and video presentations.

To apply for the CoARC Stephen P. Mikles, EdD, RRT, FAARC Media Award, click here.

NBRC Leadership Award – Up to $2,000

Presented to a student who has shown exemplary leadership in their educational career and volunteer and community service.

To apply for the NBRC Leadership Award, click here.

Brad Leidich Memorial Scholarship – Up to $1,500

This award will be presented to a first-generation student enrolled in an associate degree program in respiratory therapy, who has shown exemplary academic performance, and has demonstrated a commitment to his/her career goals, and scholarly and community activities in respiratory care.

To apply for the Brad Leidich Memorial Scholarship, click here.

Visit lambdabeta.org for award rubrics, checklists and applications.



Apply by June 1, 2024

ARCF has several award opportunities. The following are awards endowed by the NBRC. In addition to any cash award and recognition certificate, these awards also include airfare, lodging and registration for AARC Congress.

NBRC Gareth B. Gish, MS, RRT, Memorial Postgraduate Education Recognition Award – Up to $5,000

Presented to a respiratory therapist pursuing postgraduate education leading to an advanced degree.

NBRC William W. Burgin, Jr., MD & Robert M. Lawrence, MD Education Recognition Award – Up to $7,500

Presented to a third- or fourth-year student enrolled in a CoARC-accredited respiratory therapy program leading to a baccalaureate degree.

Visit arcfoundation.org for more information and applications.