NDSU's pharmacy program is one of eight in the country this year that Cardinal Health has selected to establish a new scholarship fund benefitting pharmacy students.
The NDSU College of Health Professions received an $110,000 donation to establish the scholarship as well as funding for a program to develop students’ entrepreneurial skills.
“We sincerely thank Cardinal Health for their generous support of our students and pharmacy program. We are pleased to be recognized nationally as a leader in community pharmacy practice,” said Charles Peterson, dean of the College of Health Professions.
Representatives from Cardinal Health recently visited NDSU to announce the donation and tour the Thrifty White Concept Pharmacy.
“NDSU has a strong commitment to community pharmacy,” said Chris Lanctot, Cardinal Health’s vice president of independent sales. “Our goal is to support entrepreneurs in the community and NDSU offers a tremendous opportunity to do so.”
The inaugural recipients of the Cardinal Health Independent Pharmacy Scholarship are all P4 pharmacy students. They are:
- Jennelle Holt, BS ’14, pharmaceutical sciences, from Devils Lake, North Dakota
- Kyrsten Karsky, BS ’14, pharmaceutical sciences, from Clinton, Minnesota
- Bailey Maher, BS ’11, zoology, from Fargo
In addition to the scholarship, the students also will receive an all-expenses paid trip to attend a pharmacy ownership workshop at the University of South Carolina.
“The workshop gives students access to what it takes to own a pharmacy,” said Wendy Sease, Cardinal Health sales manager. “It helps them determine a career path and puts them in contact with mentors.
Cardinal Health is a health-care services company headquartered in Dublin, Ohio. It has donated more than $5 million to 28 universities through the program since 2011.
The schools selected to participate in this year’s program were chosen based on their commitment to advancing the independent pharmacy profession. The schools offer curricula focused on operating an independent pharmacy; support student-run chapters of the National Community Pharmacists Association; endorse internship and co-op programs with local independent retail pharmacies; and demonstrate high post-graduate placement rates in community pharmacy settings.
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