22nd Annual NACDS Foundation Scholarship Program

April 24, 2017, The Phoenician, Scottsdale, AZ

Each year, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation awards scholarships to accredited U.S. schools and colleges of pharmacy through the NACDS Foundation Scholarship Program.

Recognizing the important role of pharmacy education, the Foundation funds educational programs that hold promise to improve patient outcomes. The awardees are selected from applications from schools and colleges of pharmacy from across the country.


Merit-Based Scholarship Awards

The Merit-based Scholarships Awards are designed to support educational programs that hold promise to meaningfully improve patient care or advance innovative curriculum. Examples may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Community pharmacy residency or shared faculty
  2. Community-based research project
  3. Patient-centered coursework (e.g., MTM certification) or other curricular innovation

To apply for funding, applicants must upload a summary of their proposed project, three to five pages in length, highlighting its purpose, timeline and budget.


Diversity Scholarship Awards

In 2017, 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 pharmacy education in under-represented populations.

Under-represented students 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.

Schools and colleges of pharmacy demonstrating measurable results from an active, diversity scholarship program will be most highly considered. Winning schools are responsible for returning a two-page progress summary to the NACDS Foundation six months following the receipt of the award and at the conclusion of one year.

To apply for funding, applicants must upload a summary of their proposed project, three to five pages in length, highlighting its purpose, timeline and budget.

Applicant institutions applying for Diversity Scholarships are also eligible to apply for the 2017 Merit-based Scholarship Awards. Separate applications are required for each of the scholarship awards.


Application Rules

Applications for the next NACDS Foundation Scholarship Program will be accepted beginning January 13, 2017. Schools and colleges of pharmacy fully accredited by the application date are eligible to apply. The deadline for submitting applications is March 13, 2017.

The number and size of the scholarship awards are determined each year by the amount raised for the program through the generous contributions from the Foundation’s donors. 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 24, 2017 at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Meeting attendance is by invitation only and is non-transferrable. In addition, pharmacy school deans must be registered to attend the NACDS Annual Meeting in order 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 who are in attendance at the scholarship reception on April 24, 2017 and are participating as scholarship applicants whose applications are not selected for the Merit-based or Diversity scholarship awards will receive a $2,000 contribution to their school’s scholarship fund.

History and Milestones

The NACDS Foundation Scholarship Program began in 1997. Since then, the program has provided more than $3.75 million in scholarships for education thanks to the generous support of the program’s benefactors.

Please contact Jason Ausili (703) 837-4213 or jausili@nacds.org with any questions.