Alumni, friends increase scholarship opportunities

The College of Pharmacy has seen significant growth in scholarships for PharmD students, thanks to alumni and friends of the college. From February 2012 to February 2016:

  • The number of donor-sponsored scholarship funds increased from 23 to 37.
  • The number of PharmD students who are awarded donor-sponsored scholarships increased from 60 to 110 annually.
  • The number of dollars awarded annually increased from $120,000 to more than $300,000.

In particular, the college thanks the following people for their generosity:

  • Thomas Reed, RPh, Class of 1969, for establishing the Reed Family Memorial Scholarship Endowment for PharmD students interested in a career in compounding pharmacy. The endowment is in memory of Thomas’s wife, Ellen, and his parents, Ruth and Chancellor Reed.
  • Rick, Class of 1970, and Nancy Katz for establishing a scholarship for PharmD students interested in a career in community pharmacy.
  • Don and Reta Olsen, friends of the college, for establishing a scholarship for PharmD students interested in a career in community pharmacy or health-systems pharmacy.
  • Marcus, Class of 1991, and Lisa Sredzinski for establishing a scholarship for PharmD students interested in a career in managed care pharmacy.  

Current students Stephanie Lawson (PharmD Class of 2017) and Casey Hilde (PharmD Class of 2018) shared their thoughts on the new scholarships with the Bulletin. Lawson says, “Being awarded a College of Pharmacy scholarship has helped alleviate financial burden and allowed me to focus more on my studies. Additionally, I am able to participate in community health-related events to continue my passion for patient care.”

Hilde adds: “Professional school is a time of great stress, and to be relieved of some of [the] financial burden takes a huge weight off of my shoulders. I pride myself immensely on my academics, and it is wonderful to know that my efforts did not go unnoticed.”

First photo: Stephanie Lawson (second from left) at a luncheon for scholarship donors and recipients

Second photo: Casey Hilde (far right, seated) at a luncheon for scholarship donors and recipients

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