Butte College student, Emilie Collins, 19, has been selected by the California Society for Respiratory Care to receive the Academic Excellence Scholarship for a first year respiratory therapy student.
Collins competed against first year respiratory students across the state for the scholarship.
"Typically the competition for this scholarship is pretty stiff. We have students apply for it every year but this is the first time in 12 years that one of our students has received the honor," said Donna Davis, Butte College Respiratory Care Program Director.
A 2007 Paradise High School graduate, Collins has been attending Butte College since the Fall of 2007. She commutes to school from her family's home in Paradise and plans to graduate with an associate of science degree in respiratory therapy in May 2010.
"I am very excited about receiving this scholarship. This couldn't come at a better time for me. It will help a lot with school, books and keeping my car running so I can get to school," said Collins.
The California Society for Respiratory Care (CSRC), is an affiliate of the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC), a non-profit professional organization whose mission is to represent and support its members through public and legislative advocacy, educational opportunities in the cardiopulmonary profession. The CSRC's Academic Excellence Scholarship for $500 is given annually to one student.
"We are very proud of Emilie. She is extremely mature for her age and a bright and excellent respiratory therapy student. She definitely deserves this scholarship," said Davis.