24th Annual NACDS Foundation Scholarship Program

April 29, 2019, The Breakers, Palm Beach, FL

Recognizing the importance of education, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation Scholarship Program awards funding to accredited U.S. schools and colleges of pharmacy for educational programs that hold promise to improve patient health.

During our last funding cycle, we awarded grants to eight winning schools to fund innovative educational programs, as well as providing funds to the nearly 50 pharmacy school deans from across the country for their participation. We congratulate our 2018 winners and look forward to reviewing the 2019 applications, each one providing insight into the future of patient care.


Merit-Based Scholarship Awards

The Merit-based scholarship awards are designed to support educational programs holding promise to: 1) meaningfully improve community health outcomes and patient care through innovation; and/or 2) elevate and innovate pharmacy school curricula to reflect contemporary clinical practice.

Merit-based scholarship applications should be led by a strong faculty lead and impact students through education and/or community-based engagement. 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

To apply for funding, applicants must upload a summary of their proposed project highlighting its purpose, timeline and budget using the templates provided.


Diversity Scholarship Awards

In 2019, the NACDS Foundation is awarding Diversity Scholarships to accredited U.S. schools and colleges of pharmacy. The funding has been provided through a grant meant to foster and support education in under-represented populations.

Under-represented populations include students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups, first generation to college students, students from low-income families and students with a history of overcoming adversity.

The Foundation is most interested in applications focusing on promoting diversity among college and post-secondary students who have expressed interest in the healthcare professions. Schools demonstrating measurable results from an active, diversity scholarship program will be most highly considered.

Applicant institutions applying for Diversity Scholarships may also apply for the Merit-based Scholarship Awards. Separate applications are required for each.

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

The application period for the next NACDS Foundation Scholarship Program is from January 15 to March 18, 2019.  Schools and colleges of pharmacy fully accredited by the application date are eligible to apply.

Access to the Foundation’s application portals will be available on this webpage when the official application period begins.


  • 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 amount 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 – $30,000 for the Merit-based scholarships and $15,000 for Diversity Scholarship.



  • 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?
  • 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?

Applications are reviewed by the Foundation’s academic scholarship assessment working group. Notifications will be made at the scholarship reception and dinner, which will be held during the NACDS Annual Meeting on April 29, 2019 at The Breakers, in Palm Beach, FL. Winning institutions provide progress reports bi-annually. The template for the report can be found at this link.

Meeting invitations are directed to deans and are non-transferrable. Additionally, registered deans must attend the NACDS Annual Meeting for their institution to be eligible for the scholarship awards.

Pursuant to a directive from the NACDS Foundation’s Board of Directors, all eligible deans in attendance at the scholarship reception who whose applications are not selected for the Merit-based or Diversity scholarship awards will receive a contribution to their school’s scholarship fund.


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 million in funding for educational initiatives, thanks to the generous support of the program’s benefactors.