Tamara Harrell Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Tamara Harrell Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established in 2008 in memory of Tamara (Tammy) Harrell, a graduate of the Respiratory Care Program at the El Centro Campus. She was a true professional, who worked for over 20 years in a variety of clinical settings. At the time of her death, she was the Coordinator of the Sleep Disorder Program at UT Southwestern University Hospital. Tammy was one of the first registered respiratory therapists in the Dallas area to earn the credential of Registered Polysomnography Technologist. Tammy exemplified lifelong learning and a commitment to education. She served on the El Centro Advisory Committee and began working with El Centro to establish a Polysomnography Certificate for Respiratory Therapists. Tammy was single and had no children; however, through this scholarship, her life’s work will be remembered.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Major in Respiratory Care
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must meet federal guidelines for financial need. Applicants must complete the entire FAFSA process by May 1st
  • Must demonstrate a willingness to be a lifelong learner with future aspirations to earn a Bachelor’s degree or higher. Additionally, servant leadership skills must be present. Areas of recognition in community service, research in the advancement of Respiratory Care, and integrity are also required.
  • Must answer the supplemental questions below

This scholarship renews for the spring semester. To receive the spring portion, the recipient must maintain the above requirements. Failure to do so could result in a loss of scholarship benefits.

$250 per Fall & Spring semesters
Anticipated Total

Anticipated total amount over the full term of this award.


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