NACDS Foundation Scholarship Awards

2018 Award Ceremony

All scholarship awards provided by the NACDS Foundation are merit-based, having undergone a rigorous, competitive review process. Within this grant system, we have two tracks; one with focus on innovation in patient care and pharmacy practice and the other aimed at promoting diversity by fostering support and education in under-represented populations.

The number and amount of the awards may vary in a given year depending on the amount raised through the generosity of our benefactors. Most recently, approximately six grants have been awarded for patient care and innovation and two for excellence in diversity education.


Merit-Based Scholarship Program: Supporting Innovation and Diversity in Pharmacy Education

NACDS Foundation Scholarship awards are designed to support educational programs holding promise to:

  1. meaningfully improve community health outcomes and patient care through innovation;
  2. elevate and innovate pharmacy school curricula to reflect contemporary clinical practice; and/or
  3. foster and support education in under-represented populations.

Innovative and contemporary services and practices of interest for these scholarships, include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Screenings/point-of-care testing – blood pressure, arrhythmias, blood sugar, cholesterol, renal health, ASCVD risk, pharmacogenomics, HIV, hepatitis C, influenza, strep throat, other health screenings
  • Immunization clinics
  • Collaborative patient care in coordination with the broader healthcare team
  • Opioid crisis-related initiatives
  • Long-acting injectable administration
  • Telemedicine
  • Transitions of care
  • Chronic disease management and medical counseling services
  • Pharmacogenomics

Under-represented populations may include students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups, first generation to college students, students from low-income families and students with any history of overcoming adversity. The Foundation is interested in applications focusing on recruitment and retention of current pharmacy school students from diverse backgrounds as well as promoting diversity among college and post-secondary students who have expressed interest in the healthcare professions. Schools demonstrating measurable results from an active, diversity program will be most highly considered for the diversity-focused merit-based awards.

Scholarship applications should include a strong faculty lead and impact students through education and/or community-based engagement. Only projects that involve substantial student engagement will be considered. To apply for funding, applicants must upload a summary of their proposed project highlighting its purpose, timeline and budget using the templates provided.

Application Rules

Applications are due to NACDS Foundation by June 1, 2020. Schools and colleges of pharmacy fully accredited by the application date are eligible to apply.


  • Academic Faculty lead(s)
  • Overview/Summary/Abstract
  • Purpose/Background
  • Program Description/Methods/Work Plan
  • Metrics/Data/Outcomes to be Collected
  • Timeline
  • Budget


The number of scholarship awards are determined each year by the funds raised for the Program through the generous contributions from the Foundation’s donors. Applicants are asked to submit a project budget totaling no more than $20,000 for the Scholarship Awards. Additional guidance is available on our FAQs page and in the budget template.



  • Relevance – Does this initiative address a community health or clinical practice-related educational need?
  • Innovation – Does the concept reflect contemporary/advanced community-based practice opportunities? Whether a new program or extension of an existing program, is the concept novel?
  • Scope – How many patients and/or students will be impacted by the new initiative?
  • Feasibility – Given budgetary constraints and other factors, is this program realistic?

The Foundation’s academic scholarship assessment working group reviews applications. Winners will be announced summer 2020. Winning institutions provide progress reports bi-annually using the progress report template.


For more information about the program, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

History and Milestones

The NACDS Foundation Scholarship Program began in 1997. Since then, the program has provided nearly $4.5 million in funding for educational initiatives, thanks to the generous support of the program’s benefactors.