Metta Lou Henderson, PhD, HonD, has become the first COP alumna to set up a large gift to benefit future generations of students through her estate. Henderson is leaving half of her estate to the UA College of Pharmacy to establish an endowed scholarship in her name.
Because of the size of the gift, the Dr. Metta Lou Henderson Endowed Scholarship could result in multiple awards/scholarships after her death.
“I was a scholarship student,” says Henderson, “and I always planned to make it possible for other students to attend and receive a pharmacy education.”
Henderson, who was born in Battle Creek, Mich., earned three degrees from UA: BS Pharmacy 1961, MS Pharmacy 1966 and PhD 1978.
The new scholarship is intended to reward pharmacy students who exhibit strong leadership characteristics by serving as role models and mentors for other students.
“Leadership is not necessarily defined as serving as an officer in a student organization, nor being the highest academic achiever in the class,” says Henderson. “I define a leader as an individual who guides and directs others…. They create ideas and follow up…. This individual has vision and guides others toward that vision.”
Henderson was a faculty member at Ohio Northern University for 20 years. During her time there, she was also the associate dean of student services and department chair. A member of the American Pharmacists Association and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Henderson was the first woman to serve as chair of the Council of Faculties of the AACP.
Anyone can establish a scholarship at the college, and the fund can be endowed for as little as $10,000. Awards are made from interest earned on the fund’s principal.