by Kaitlyn Coughlin, Public Relations Writer
Walgreens has donated $10,000 to Cedarville University’s School of Pharmacy for 2012-13 to enhance diversity. This annual donation will assist the University in scholarships and recruitment.
As leaders in retail pharmacy, Walgreens has been instrumental in the school of pharmacy since the school’s inception in 2009. Graduates have established careers at the company, and various students in the first professional year of pharmacy are now receiving training from pharmacists at Walgreens.
David Ormsbee, assistant dean of admission and advancement for the school of pharmacy, said that awareness and access to finances are some of the most important aspects of recruiting students.
“These donations will enable us to give students the scholarships they need to fund their education,” Ormsbee said. “The donations will also help students realize their aspirations in the field of pharmacy, because many students are interested in the field of science but are not aware of pharmacy programs.”
Ormsbee said that at least half of the annual donation will be dedicated to scholarships for minority students. The other portion will be used for minority recruitment initiatives, traveling expenses and providing scholarships for camp programs.
“We are grateful to Walgreens and their vision for the profession of pharmacy,” Ormsbee said. “We strive for increased diversity among pharmacists, and this donation is a tremendous way to do that.”
Since 2008 Walgreens has donated more than $1 million each year to accredited pharmacy schools around the country to help support diversity initiatives. Walgreens’ goal is to encourage more students to become health professionals in the field of pharmacy.
Erin Meeker, Pharm.D., pharmacy campus relations manager at Walgreens, said that nearly 65 percent of all Americans live within a three-mile radius of a Walgreens, and the pharmacy fills one out of every three prescriptions in the country.
“It is part of Walgreens’ history, its nature and its comparative advantage to be involved in the education of our students,” Meeker said. “It means that we are staying true to our founder’s vision to understand and serve the needs of our customers.”
Meeker said that Walgreens strives to reflect diversity in many aspects, including fostering diversity in pharmacy education.
“By supporting and encouraging minorities to become pharmacists, we can help improve the way healthcare is delivered and perceived,” Meeker said.
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Celebrating 125 years of inspiring greatness, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.