South Dakota Society for Respiratory Care

An AARC Chartered Affiliate


SDSRC Funded Dakota State University
Foundation Scholarship

2016 DSU Scholarship recipients
Ashley Schmit and Christine Zallar

The South Dakota Society for Respiratory Care supports two $500.00 scholarships annually that are awarded to deserving students enrolled in the A.S. Degree Respiratory Care Program at Dakota State University. The scholarships are awarded based on financial need, references provided, as well as academic performance.

One student from Sioux Falls and one student from Rapid City will be chosen each year. Applications are due by July 1st and should be submitted to the Program Director of DSU as directed on the application.

The SDSRC is proud to support the future respiratory therapists by providing funding for these scholarships.

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2017 Joyce Kallstrom Memorial Scholarship Scholarship recipient:
Ashley Schmit

Joyce Kallstrom Memorial Scholarship Application
Joyce Kallstrom grew up in Marion, South Dakota and spent most of her early and then later years between Sioux Falls and Marion. At the age of 83, after battling COPD for many years, Joyce passed away. Joyce always appreciated a good laugh, was a tremendous fighter, a helpful friend to others and was the loving mother of four.

Joyce’s battle with COPD was long and she was in the hospital a number of times. Joyce got to know, understand, and had respect for the role of the respiratory therapists who she always felt knew the most about her pulmonary care. Joyce was also the mother of a respiratory therapist and so she also made it a point to ask those who cared for her if they were members of their professional society, the American Association of Respiratory Care.

In efforts to carry on with her actions, Joyce’s family has decided to award a $750 annual scholarship along with a one year membership to the AARC to a student who can in an essay describe COPD and the role that the respiratory therapist plays in caring for patients with this diagnosis.

Award of this scholarship will be based on academic performance, community service and the commitment to the profession of respiratory care, and submission of an essay describing the role of the respiratory therapist in care of the COPD patient. Applications are due by March 1st and should be submitted as directed on the application.

The American Respiratory Care Foundation through the establishment of the Joyce Kallstrom Memorial fund provides the funding to support this scholarship.

Joyce Kallstrom Memorial Scholarship Application Form