by Kathryn Sill, Public Relations Writer
“Because the professional pharmacy program is four years in length, it can result in financial burden to our students,” said Marc Sweeney, Pharm.D., dean of the school of pharmacy. “The establishment of a scholarship endowment will allow us to better support our students financially.”
Many students will enter postgraduate training after completing the professional program, which can sometimes add to the debt burden. Sweeney said that a scholarship endowment can help students graduate with less financial stress.
“Our primary goal is to get our doctorate students through the program with the least amount of debt as possible,” said Sweeney. “The more that we can provide in terms of financial aid, the better off our graduates will be as they enter the workforce.”
Scholarships from the endowment will be awarded based on academic performance, financial need, leadership and service. Students must go through an application and screening process before being selected.
“We have a lot of organizations, companies and individuals in leadership that have an interest in contributing to our students’ success,” said Sweeney. “We plan to capitalize on that interest by encouraging them to contribute to the endowment fund.”
Donations to the scholarship endowment fund can be made at cedarville.edu/giving. Those wishing can click the drop down menu and select "Other" and write "The School of Pharmacy Endowed Scholarship" in the provided field.
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,711 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings.