The Tennessee Respiratory Education Foundation was set up in 2012 as a nonprofit Tennessee corporation. The sole purpose of the organization is to raise money to provide scholarships to students that want to pursue a career in respiratory care and choose to attend a respiratory educational program in Tennessee.
The board of directors of the Foundation is composed of three persons selected by the Tennessee Society for Respiratory Care, the state association of respiratory therapists. Zach Gantt, a respiratory therapist with Healthcare Educational Systems, LLC, is currently the chair of the Foundation’s board.
In 2013 the Foundation was recognized as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. As such, all contributions to the Foundation are fully deductible by the donors as charitable contributions.
There are currently 10 Tennessee colleges and universities that offer respiratory educational programs:
Chattanooga State Community College
Columbia State Community College
East Tennessee State University
Volunteer State Community College
Roane State Community College
Walters State Community College
Baptist College of Health Sciences
Concorde Career College – Memphis
Tennessee State University
Miller-Mont Technical Career College
Students enrolled in respiratory educational programs at all of these schools are eligible for the scholarships.
As baby boomers age, the need for respiratory therapists will increase exponentially. As higher education costs increase, the need for scholarship aid becomes more acute. The Foundation can be a partial solution to meet this need.
We hope you will consider making a tax deductible contribution to the Tennessee Respiratory Educational Foundation.