Three Collin College respiratory care students received scholarships from the Respiratory Care Foundation of Texas. They were presented with their awards at the Texas Society for Respiratory Care Annual Convention.

To be considered for the $500 scholarships, students were required to submit an original paper about some aspect of respiratory care.

“We are very proud of our scholarship recipients and their dedication to the profession of respiratory care,” said respiratory care program director Araceli Solis. “It is quite an accomplishment that of the four scholarships given, three were given to Collin College students.”

Jill Feys, of Dallas, has always been fascinated by the science field and has a strong desire to help those in need.  She wrote her research paper on asbestos exposure and lung disease after seeing a family member with a similar health concern.

Victoria Theobalt, of Wylie, was drawn to the respiratory care profession because of family members who have battled lung disease.  She wrote her research paper on Churg Strauss Syndrome, a rare disease she first learned about while attending clinical rotations last fall.

Shannon Harden, of Plano, became interested in respiratory care many years ago and recently decided it was time to pursue her lifelong dream of helping those with lung disease. Her research was written about healthcare professionals facing new challenges with electronic cigarettes.


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