The Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) is accepting applications for the Jomo Martin Nkunika Memorial Scholarship.

A $3,000 tuition grant will be awarded to a promising student of polysomnography.

The scholarship is named in honor of Jomo Martin Nkunika, MSHCA, BS, CCSH, RPSGT. Nkunika, a former member of the BRPT board of directors, was a strong advocate of sleep education and was the program director and adjunct professor of the sleep medicine technology program at Montgomery College in Maryland. 

In addition, Nkunika was a clinical manager with MedBridge Health at the Frederick Memorial Hospital Advanced Center for Sleep Studies.

Nkunika was part of the BRPT board of directors from 2016 until 2019 when he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Nkunika lost his battle against ALS in July 2021.

The deadline for receipt of applications is the close of business Friday, Dec 1. The BRPT scholarship committee will review the applications to determine the best-qualified applicants, after which the grant recipient will be notified.

Applicants must hold a high school diploma or equivalent. In addition, applicants must be currently enrolled in an approved CAAHEP-accredited PSG program, a CAAHEP-accredited END program with a PSG add-on, or a CoARC-accredited program with a PSG add-on or must have proof of acceptance to an accredited program.

All applicants must:

  • Submit a completed application form, which can be found here.
  • Submit proof of PSG program acceptance or official PSG program transcript.
  • Submit a resume or short biography addressing your work experience.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation.
  • Submit a written statement: In 200-500 words, please describe your interest in sleep and why you feel the scholarship is needed or deserved.

The grant is paid directly to the educational institution and cannot be used for reimbursement of previous tuition already paid.

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