After months of submissions – during which time we received more than 500 total applications – we have selected our winners for the first annual RespShop scholarship award. This year, we’re awarding six scholarships: one $1,500 grand prize, two $1,000 scholarships, and three $500 awards.
The application process this year was extremely competitive. Out of 500 submissions, we felt comfortable awarding over thirty scholarships, and we were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the writing and the breadth of research and personal experiences presented. Seeing so many people’s firsthand experiences with sleep apnea and continuous positive airway pressure equipment was educational for us, and further reinforced our belief in the power and efficacy of CPAP therapy.
We enjoyed reading through all of the scholarship applications, and as planned, we’re going to share the winning submissions on our blog over the next few weeks. We think you’ll like them as much as we did, and we hope that their personal experiences with sleep apnea and CPAP inspires others to get the treatment they need.
$1,500 prize: Gary R. of UC Davis
$1,000 prizes: Alexis R. of Nicholls State, Mark W. of Western Washington University
$500 prizes: Dashon K, prepared to start at CSU Pueblo, Kelley C. of Cal State Northridge, and Derek E, who will be attending Weber State.
Congratulations to the winners!
We plan to continue the scholarship award for years to come. We are planning on tweaking the criteria for the award slightly for 2016, but we do plan to offer several scholarship prizes again for the foreseeable future. Year one of the scholarship was a resounding success, and we look forward to continuing the forward again next year!