Scholarship established to honor Jason Gilray

Jason GilrayThe family, friends and classmates of Jason Gilray, PharmD 2002, have established the Jason J. Gilray Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund to honor the memory of a beloved husband, father, son, friend and professional. Gilray died from melanoma Dec. 7, 2007 at the age of 31.

Gilray, a leader in his class, was diagnosed with melanoma while in his third year of pharmacy school. Throughout his treatment, he continued to work and study, completing his rigorous fourth-year rotations and working at Fry’s Food and Drug. After graduation, he became director of pharmacy for the Little Colorado Medical Center in Winslow, Ariz. He married his true love, Jodi, and fathered two children, Zachary and Allana.

In his spare time, Gilray pursued another passion: golf. To many, he was known as “an excellent golfer who happened to have a pharmacy degree.” Following his death, in early 2008, Fry’s Pharmacy provided a large donation to the college to host a golf tournament honoring Gilray. Along with colleagues from Fry’s, classmates, friends and family supported the tournament and began raising money to establish a scholarship in Gilray’s memory.

The agreement to formally establish the endowment gift agreement in Gilray’s name was finalized in early October 2011. The fund will provide, to the extent available, a $1,000 scholarship annually to a PharmD student who has finished his/her third year of study, has a strong academic record, is involved in providing service and meets other criteria specified in the agreement. Because the scholarship is from an endowed gift, the scholarship and Gilray’s name will live in perpetuity.

“We hope this scholarship will help other students carry on Jason’s passion for the profession of pharmacy and compassionate patient care,” says Jodi Gilray.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the scholarship fund may do so at the COP donation website; be sure to complete the “Tribute Information” at the bottom of the page, specifying “In Memory of Jason Gilray.” For more information, contact, 520-626-2651.

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