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23rd Annual NACDS Foundation Scholarship Program

April 23, 2018, The Breakers, Palm Beach, FL

Recognizing the essential role of pharmacy 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 outcomes.

During our last funding cycle, we were delighted to recognize eight winning schools, as well as the nearly 50 pharmacy school deans from across the country for their participation. We congratulate our 2017 winners and look forward to reviewing the 2018 applications, each one providing insight into the future of U.S. pharmacy practice.

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 upload a summary of their proposed project, three to five pages in length, highlighting its purpose, timeline and budget.


Diversity Scholarship Awards

In 2018, 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 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.

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 may also apply for the Merit-based Scholarship Awards. Separate applications are required for each.


Application Rules

The application period for the next NACDS Foundation Scholarship Program is from January 12 – March 12, 2018. Schools and colleges of pharmacy fully accredited by the application date are eligible to apply.

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 23, 2018 at The Breakers, in Palm Beach, FL.

Meeting attendance is by invitation only and is non-transferrable. In addition, pharmacy school deans must be registered to 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 on Monday, April 23, 2018 who are participating as scholarship applicants and whose applications are not selected for the Merit-based or Diversity Scholarship Awards will receive a $2,100 contribution to their school’s scholarship fund.

History and Milestones

The NACDS Foundation Scholarship Program began in 1997. Since then, the program has provided nearly $4 million in scholarships for education, thanks to the generous support of the program’s benefactors.