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NACDS Foundation Scholarship Program: Supporting Innovation & Diversity in Pharmacy Education

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All scholarship awards provided by the NACDS Foundation are merit-based, having undergone a rigorous, competitive review process. Within this scholarship 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. Approximately five-six grants are awarded for curricular innovation, and two for excellence in supporting diversity in education.

Scholarship Details

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 scholarship awards, include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Screenings/point-of-care testing – blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, ASCVD risk, 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
  • 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 complete an NACDS Foundation scholarship application detailing their proposed project highlighting its purpose, timeline and budget.


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.

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  • Applications are due to NACDS Foundation by March 1, 2022
  • 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 (Template)
Innovation Track Application
Diversity Track Application