Top Scholarships for Pharmacy School Students
This article was last updated on Nov. 7, 2014.
The cost of pharmacy school, like most professional schools, has risen significantly, and students often face a heavy debt load by the time they graduate and begin a career. Schools generally offer some form of financial aid, but it isn’t always enough. If you’re in pharmacy school and trying to reduce your loan debt or if you’re an undergraduate planning to go to pharmacy school, check out these scholarships.
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Tylenol Future Care Scholarships
Sponsored by McNeil Consumer Healthcare, these scholarships are for undergraduates and graduate students in medicine and health care. They recognize academic excellence, leadership, and community involvement. There are three scholarship tiers: 10 scholarships of $100,000 each; 30 scholarships of $5,000 each; and 150 scholarships of $1,000 each. To apply, you must be a resident of the U.S.; enrolled in a healthcare-related field at an accredited college or university, graduate school, or vocational/technical school; and have one year remaining in your program.
Express Scripts Scholars Program
Funded by the Express Scripts Foundation, this scholarship supports students with diverse interests who pursue dual degrees. It awards four scholarships of $10,000 each, and the award can be used for tuition, fees, books, etc. The scholarship is disbursed in installments: $2,500 per semester for four consecutive semesters. If you don’t have 4 semesters left in your program, then they award you $2,500 per semester you do have left. The Foundation gives special consideration to low socio-economic status students, as well as students who are underrepresented minorities.
American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation Student Scholarship Program
This program supports students who invest time in their school’s APhA-ASP chapter to help shape the profession. To qualify, you must demonstrate strong academic performance, involvement in school and community activities, and potential to become a leader of the profession of pharmacy. Most awards are for $1,000, with the exception of The Foundation’s George F. Archambault scholarship, which is for $1,500.
American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) Student Leadership Awards
The ASHP Student Leadership Awards Program supports students who have demonstrated leadership ability and have an interest in pharmacy practice. ASHP offers up to twelve awards each year. To be eligible, you must be a pharmacy student in your second, third, or fourth year of the program. The award consists of a plaque, an ASHP drug information reference library, and a $2,500 cash award provided by the ASHP Research and Education Foundation through the Walter Jones Memorial Pharmacy Student Financial Aid Fund.
Allied Healthcare Scholarship Program
This scholarship is for undergraduate students currently enrolled in an allied health program field such as Pharmacy and Pharmacy Technician. To qualify, you must be willing to work for two years in an area that is medically underserved; be legally eligible to work in the State of California; and must not have any other service obligation. Average award amounts are $4,000.
Pharmacy Times sponsors this award, which honors outstanding student pharmacists who display exemplary behavior and great potential as community pharmacist candidates. To qualify, you must must have a record of voluntary public service activities, a high level of professional/public health-related activities outside the classroom, and a high level of effort to advance the profession of pharmacy in the public area. To be considered, your Pharmacy School Dean must nominate you. The committee gives eight awards each year, and winners receive a cash award and a summer internship with Walmart.
American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) Scholarships
AFPE provides funding for a range of scholarships:
Undergraduate Research Scholarship Programs
The aim of this program is to increase the number of students who undertake a faculty-mentored research program and then enroll in a Ph.D. program in basic, clinical, or administrative pharmaceutical science. The foudation awards eleven scholarships of $5,000 each, and the majority of that money is a stipend for your academic research project. They give preference to students who need relevant research experience in order to decide whether they want to pursue the Ph.D. in the pharmaceutical sciences. To qualify, you need to be an enrolled student, have completed one year of the degree program, and be nominated by the faculty member you’ll work with.
First-Year Graduate School Fellowships in Pharmaceutical Science
These fellowships target students who are members of Kappa Epsilon, Phi Lambda Sigma, and Rho Chi and who plan to pursue a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical science.
Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in Pharmaceutical Science
These fellowships are for outstanding Ph.D. candidates who are enrolled in pharmaceutical science Ph.D. programs in the U.S. You get up to two years of financial support as they prepare for professional positions in the pharmaceutical industry and in academia.
Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in Clinical Pharmaceutical Science
These fellowships are for Ph.D. candidates enrolled in clinical pharmaceutical science programs in the U.S. You can receive up to two years of support as you prepare for professional positions in the pharmaceutical industry and academia.
Minority Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in Pharmaceutical Science
These fellowships are for minority Ph.D. candidates enrolled in pharmaceutical science programs in the U.S. You can receive up to two years of support as you prepare for professional positions in the pharmaceutical industry and in academia.
Minority Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in Clinical Pharmaceutical Science
These fellowships are for minority Ph.D. candidates enrolled in clinical pharmaceutical science programs in the U.S. You can receive up to two years of support as you prepare for professional positions in the pharmaceutical industry and in academia.
National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation Scholarships
The NCPA Foundation funds several scholarships to support students who demonstrate strong leadership qualities and high academic achievement. To be eligible, you must be an NCPA student member. You can only apply for one scholarship per year.
For students with a demonstrated interest in independent pharmacy.
J.C. and Rheba Cobb Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Government Affairs
For students with a demonstrated interest in government activities.
Willard B. Simmons Memorial Scholarship for Pharmacy Management
For students with a demonstrated interest in independent pharmacy management.
Partners in Pharmacy
For students who demonstrate a strong commitment to community service and independent pharmacy.
Neil Pruitt Sr. Memorial Scholarship in Entrepreneurism
For students with a demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship.
Indian Health Service (IHS) Scholarship Program
The Indian Health Service funds a number of scholarships for Alaska Native/American Indian U.S. citizens or their descendants. They include:
Health Professions Preparatory Scholarship
This scholarship provides tuition and required fees for qualified students who enroll in undergraduate courses in preparation for health profession schools like nursing, pharmacy, and so on. Preparatory courses are defined as those which are required to improve science, mathematics, or other basic skills and knowledge. The qualification criteria are lengthy, so consult the scholarship handbook to see if you’re eligible.
The Pre-Graduate scholarship provides tuition and required fees for qualified students to enroll in courses leading to a bachelor’s degree in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-podiatry and others as needed by the Indian health programs. This program is designed to prepare you for admission to an accredited medical, dental, pharmacy, or other health profession school.
Health Professions Scholarship
The Health Professions scholarship provides financial aid covering tuition, fees, and educational and living expenses for qualified students who are applying to, accepted by, or enrolled in a health profession program. You incur a service obligation if you accept funding from this program, and priority is generally given to graduate students and junior- and senior-level undergraduates.
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