The drug distributor said Thursday that the schools will receive the funding this year via the Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program. All scholarship winners will also receive a trip to attend a pharmacy ownership workshop at the University of South Carolina.
Schools that earned Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarships in 2015 include Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn.; North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D.; Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio; Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.; South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D.; University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.; University of Montana in Missoula, Mont.; Washington State University in Pullman, Wash.; Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif.; and Wingate University in Wingate, N.C.
“We understand the impact independent pharmacists have on their communities, and the significant role they play in providing cost-effective care that improves patients’ health,” Jon Giacomin, chief executive officer of Cardinal Health’s pharmaceutical segment, said in a statement. “Supporting future community pharmacy leaders through this scholarship program is an honor, and we continue to be inspired by the next generation of innovative, patient-focused pharmacy owners as they begin serving their communities.”
Cardinal said the schools selected to receive this year’s Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarships were chosen based on their commitment to advancing the independent pharmacy profession. These institutions offer curricula focused on operating an independent pharmacy, support student-run chapters of the National Community Pharmacists Association, endorse internship and co-op programs with local independent retail pharmacies, and have high post-graduate placement rates in community pharmacy settings, the company noted.
Since its launch in June 2011, the Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program has donated more than $5 million to 28 universities, Cardinal added.