The Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) today announced that Uzma Rashid is the winner of the fifth Andrea Patterson Memorial Scholarship. Rashid is a student enrolled in the Polysomnographic Technology program at Collin College in McKinney, Texas.

“It’s a privilege to recognize Uzma with this scholarship,” says BRPT president Theresa Krupski, RPSGT, RRT, in a release. “Sleep apnea claimed the lives of two of her dearest family members. As a result, she has a very deep and personal connection to the field, and an unwavering work ethic and desire to help others suffering from sleep disorders.”

Says Uzma Rashid, “It’s a tremendous honor to receive this scholarship and to be acknowledged by such a prestigious organization. This scholarship has not only lightened my financial burden, which allows me to focus more on my studies, but is also an unforgettable experience that has further inspired me to advance my personal and academic pursuits with an even deeper passion for helping others.”

Prior to enrolling in the PSG program at Collin College, Rashid was a substitute teacher where she enjoyed creating a positive learning environment for her students.

Rashid is expected to graduate in May 2016 after which she plans to take the RPSGT examination. She is a member of the Sleep Tech Club–a student organization that’s part of the PSG program at Collin College–where she is actively involved in fundraising and community service efforts.

Rashid says, “I’m certain a career in polysomnography will not only be riveting but also rewarding. It will be so gratifying to help suffering people overcome their sleep disorders, and therefore improving the quality of their lives.”

The Andrea Patterson Memorial Scholarship Program, named in honor of an early and highly regarded leader in the field of sleep technology, awards a $2,500 tuition grant each year to a promising student of polysomnography. Scholarship applicants must be enrolled in or accepted by a CAAHEP-accredited program in PSG or a CoARC-accredited program with a PSG add-on.