Cedarville professor Dr. Mark Caleb Smith on a television newscast.

Walgreens Scholarship Helps School of Pharmacy


by Ryan Bower, Assistant Director of Public Relations

The Cedarville University School of Pharmacy has received a generous donation of $10,000 from the Walgreens Corporation as part of the company’s Diversity Donation program. 

It is the third-straight year in which Walgreens has donated $10,000 to Cedarville. The program’s goal is to increase the enrollment of underrepresented minority students in schools and colleges of pharmacy around the nation. 

Half of the funds from the donation will be put toward two scholarships for minority students. One of the scholarships will be given to a student who promotes inclusion and diversity on campus, while the other will go to a student from an underrepresented minority group with an interest in community pharmacy. 

The remainder of the donation will go toward efforts by the school of pharmacy to increase enrollment of underrepresented minorities, as well as to promote diversity and inclusion on campus.

Since 2008, Walgreens has donated more than $1 million annually to support programs aimed at increasing the awareness of underrepresentation of minority students enrolled in schools and colleges of pharmacy.

“Walgreens has shown support in the past to increase diversity in health sciences programs at institutions of higher learning,” said Marc Sweeney, Pharm.D., dean of the school of pharmacy at Cedarville University.  “It has typically advocated on behalf of minority students in professional pharmacy programs, and we’re very pleased to partner with them.”

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. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.