Leslee Harris Smith Application


lhsScholarship Application

Scholarship Program

Please send all supporting documents,(eg. PPT presentations, etc.) with the scholarship application to VSRC Education chair. Denise Bieszczad

The VIRGINIA SOCIETY for RESPIRATORY CARE, INC.

http://www.vsrc.org

 

The Virginia Society for Respiratory Care

Leslee Harris Smith Education Recognition Award

 

Leslee Harris Smith, MS, RRT, 48, passed away on January 13, 2001 after a courageous life cut short by the devastating effects of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.  Leslee was the Clinical Coordinator, and then Director, of the Respiratory Therapy Program at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia, from 1981 to 1996 when she was forced to slow down due to the consequences of her illness.  Using distant learning and electronic technologies to overcome the physical limitations imposed by her disease, Leslee continued teaching part-time through the end of the Fall semester 2000.  She was an active member of the Virginia Society for Respiratory Therapy, serving as chair of the educator’s group for many years.  Her many contributions are recognized annually by the VSRC through its award of the Leslee Harris Smith Scholarship to students enrolled in respiratory therapy educational programs throughout the state. 

Leslee received her AS degree from the Northwest Mississippi Junior College Respiratory Therapy Program in 1973, her BS degree from the Respiratory Therapy Program at Georgia State University in 1978, and her MS from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1983.  She was a remarkable human being, a generous person with enormous energy, and a gifted and dedicated respiratory therapy educator who is greatly missed by her friends and colleagues in the respiratory therapy community. 

The Virginia Society for Respiratory Care (VSRC) may financially award respiratory therapy students and/or professional respiratory therapists to support education endeavors. This financial award will allow the opportunity for students and/or professionals to supplement current tuition or pay for National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) exam fees. 

Applications will not be considered unless completely filled out, signed, and accompanied by all supporting documents.  Previous scholarship recipients are not eligible to reapply.  Applications will be accepted at any time; however, the deadline for accepting applications for this award is July 1st of each calendar year.  Students must complete the application form for the current year.

Award recipients will be selected by July 30th and will be notified by the VSRC’s Education Chairperson.  Award recipients will receive (a) scholarship monies, (b) an award certificate, (c) complimentary registration at a VSRC educational conference, and (d) recognition at the VSRC’s Mountain Air Symposium’s Awards Ceremony.

A Chartered Affiliate of the American Association for Respiratory Care

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The VIRGINIA SOCIETY for RESPIRATORY CARE, INC.

http://www.vsrc.org

Student Requirements:

  1. Completed and signed application form. (Note: electronic signature is acceptable.)
  2. Letter from respiratory therapy program Director, or surrogate faculty member, verifying (a) the applicant’s enrollment in an accredited respiratory therapy educational program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater, (b) applicant’s expected graduation date, and (c) applicant’s potential for a career in the profession of respiratory therapy.
  3. A cover letter of at least 250 words expressing why the applicant is qualified to receive the Leslee Harris Smith Scholarship.
  4. An outline of a PowerPoint presentation that will be presented to the VSRC Board of Directors as to why the applicant is qualified to receive the Leslee Harris Smith Scholarship. Presentation will be presented at the July VSRC Board of Directors meeting in Charlottesville, VA.
  5. The student applicant must be a first time test taker of the CRT or RRT exam.
  6. Applicant must take the planned NBRC exam within 6 months of graduation.
  7. Current AARC/VSRC student member and must reside in Virginia.
  8. Provide documentation supporting participation in at least one of the following:  recruit class peers for AARC membership, participate in respiratory care community events, and/or present an educational topic at a VSRC-sponsored meeting using electronic media.

Professional Requirements:

  1. Completed and signed application form. (Note: electronic signature is acceptable.)
  2. Hold an active license in Virginia as a Respiratory Care Practitioner.
  3. A cover letter of at least 250 words expressing why the applicant is qualified to receive the Leslee Harris Smith Scholarship.
  4. An outline of a PowerPoint presentation that will be presented to the VSRC Board of Directors as to why the applicant is qualified to receive the Leslee Harris Smith Scholarship. Presentation will be presented at the July VSRC Board of Directors meeting in Charlottesville, VA.
  5. Applicant must be a 1st time test taker of the planned NBRC exam or currently enrolled in an advanced degree program supporting a continued career in respiratory care.
  6. If the applicant intends to use the award monies toward an NBRC exam, the applicant must take the planned NBRC exam within 6 months of scholarship award.
  7. If the applicant intends to use the award monies toward expenses related to an advanced degree, a letter must be submitted from the program Director, or surrogate faculty member, verifying the applicant’s potential for continued career in the profession of respiratory care.
  8. Current AARC/VSRC member and must reside in Virginia.
  9. Provide documentation supporting participation in at least one of the following:  recruit class peers for AARC membership, participate in respiratory care community events, and/or present an educational topic at a VSRC-sponsored meeting using electronic media.

Revised 2-2015

A Chartered Affiliate of the American Association for Respiratory Care

 


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