The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, with the support of Medical Education Technologies Inc (METI) and L-3 Communications Inc, is launching the Frank Lanza Memorial Scholarship Program. The initiative is designed to recognize the academic and leadership accomplishments of students enrolled in respiratory care, registered nursing, or emergency medical service programs offered by regionally accredited community colleges. For the 2010 academic year, up to 25 scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded.

The scholarships will target part-time, full-time, and international students who have completed 50% of their coursework leading toward an associate degree and who have a demonstrable financial need (certificate students are not eligible to apply).

Frank Lanza was a founder of L-3 Communications—a global aerospace and defense company. The scholarship endowment is funded equally by L-3 Communications and METI, a producer of medical simulation products and educational software for health care education. Lanza’s “visionary leadership and commitment to charitable causes” was the inspiration for the program, according to longtime friend Lou Oberndorf, METI chairman and chief executive officer. Lanza served in the US Coast Guard during the Korean War and was a member of the board of directors for the Coast Guard Foundation and received the 2003 Distinguished Corporate Leadership award from the Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’ and Airmen’s Club.

More information, including complete requirements and downloadable applications, can be found on the Phi Theta Kappa Web and AACC Web sites for for complete requirements and downloadable applications. Candidates do not have to be members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society to apply.