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Cardinal Health scholarships support future pharmacists
July 7th, 2014
DUBLIN, Ohio – Nine pharmacy schools from across the country will collectively receive $2 million in funding through the Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program in 2014.
Cardinal Health Inc. said Monday that the schools were chosen based on their commitment to advancing the independent pharmacy profession.
The nine schools that received pharmacy scholarship funding were East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy (Johnson City, Tenn.), the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy (Columbus, Ohio), Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy (Birmingham, Ala.), Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Buies Creek, N.C.), Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences School of Pharmacy (Boston), St. Louis College of Pharmacy (St. Louis, Mo.), Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy (Auburn, Ala.), the University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Stockton, Calif.) and Idaho State University College of Pharmacy (Pocatello, Idaho).
Cardinal Health noted that the schools offer curricula focused on operating an independent pharmacy and support student-run chapters of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). These institutions also endorse internship and co-op programs with local independent retail pharmacies and demonstrate high post-graduate placement rates in community pharmacy settings, the company said.
"We know community pharmacists play a critical role in improving the cost-effectiveness of healthcare, and in helping patients better manage their overall health," Mike Kaufmann, chief executive officer of Cardinal Health's pharmaceutical segment, said in a statement. "We're proud to support tomorrow's community pharmacy leaders through this scholarship program, and we're inspired by the impact we know they'll have on their patients and communities, when they become pharmacy owners."
The company has donated nearly $4.2 million to more than 20 universities through the program since its launch in June 2011.