Cardinal Health has begun a new college scholarship program, making $1.1 million in scholarship funds available to 13 pharmacy schools nationwide.

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Cardinal unveils pharmacy college scholarship program

June 10th, 2011

DUBLIN, Ohio – Cardinal Health has begun a new college scholarship program, making $1.1 million in scholarship funds available to 13 pharmacy schools nationwide.

The pharmaceutical distributor said Friday that recipient schools will receive scholarship funding ranging from $50,000 to $125,000.

Cardinal noted that Five of the 13 pharmacy schools getting funding were chosen because of their commitment to advancing the independent pharmacy profession. Those schools 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 demonstrate high post-graduate placement rates in community pharmacy settings, the company said.

Several of the pharmacy schools receiving funds have a strong nuclear pharmacy program, while others were selected because of their strong hospital pharmacy programs, according to Cardinal.

Institutions receiving scholarship funds under the Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program include the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences, Long Island University's Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Ohio Northern University's Raabe College of Pharmacy (Ada, Ohio), East Tennessee State University's Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy (Johnson City, Tenn.), University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy (Oxford, Miss.), Washington State University College of Pharmacy (Pullman, Wash.), University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy (Albuquerque, N.M.), University of Tennessee at Memphis, Purdue University College of Pharmacy (West Lafayette, Ind.), Ohio State University College of Pharmacy (Columbus, Ohio), University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, University of Arizona College of Pharmacy (Tucson, Ariz.) and University of Florida College of Pharmacy (Gainesville, Fla.)

"Cardinal Health serves more than 7,000 community pharmacists across the country, and we're one of the nation's largest employers of nuclear and hospital pharmacists," Mike Kaufmann, chief executive officer of Cardinal Health's pharmaceutical segment, said in a statement. "We passionately believe in the essential role pharmacists play in making sure patients receive safe, high-quality health care. That's why we're proud to partner with some of our nation's best universities to invest in developing tomorrow's pharmacy leaders."