The Impact of Giving at CoP
Investment in our students = investment in future pharmacy leaders
Each year, over 150 scholarships are awarded to deserving students in the College of Pharmacy. Read about a few students who recently benefited from scholarships funded by our alumni and friends and consider making an online gift today.
Oksana, Class of 2022
“I am very thankful for the Leslie and Carolyn Collins Scholarship. I have a daughter who needs childcare in order for me to attend school. Also, I just moved to Minnesota from Illinois. This scholarship has lightened my financial burden, which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school: learning. I am able to acquire skills and gain knowledge to serve our community better. Also, I am able to be involved with the Minnesota Pharmacist Student Alliance and the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy organizations as a member. Thank you for the generosity.”
Benjamin, Class of 2021
“The University of Minnesota has an excellent pharmacy program, so it naturally attracts people from all across the country. Being an out-of-state student, I am always aware of the extra money I am putting into my education. The Dale and Ione Olson Family collegiate scholarship I received means a lot: it lets me spend more time on studies rather than at work and it takes away the stress of debt and loans.”
Ann, Class of 2020
“I am incredibly grateful to be a part of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and its unique network of alumni and friends. The scholarships provided by this community have helped me to explore the many things pharmacy has to offer! From a practice experience in a critical access hospital, to attending a conference focused on the unique needs of rural communities, I have developed a breadth of knowledge that has expanded far beyond the classroom thanks in part to these scholarships. Without these funds, I would not have been able to experience for myself the unique aspects of the diverse communities in MN nor fully realize how expansive the practice of pharmacy needs to be to provide for ALL our patients. These generous scholarships have supported me to passionately pursue a pharmacy path that will help me to provide for our rural communities and I am excited to bring with me the tools and knowledge I've accumulated thanks to our generous community!"
Joelle, Class of 2020
"I am very honored and grateful to be the recipient of the Peters' Leadership Circle Scholarship. This scholarship has provided me with the resources, confidence and motivation to continue working on my leadership skills and goals. It is my pleasure to contribute to the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy's mission and vision."
Larissa, Class of 2020
“Receiving the Abbie N. Larson Memorial scholarship was very rewarding and meaningful to me. It is great to know that my hard work in the PharmD program is not going unnoticed. I am very passionate about this program and this profession, and I am happy to have support as I go about pursuing my degree.”
Tiffany, Class of 2019
“I am grateful to be the recipient of the Tom and Mary Dinndorf Scholarship. This scholarship has fueled my passion for giving back to the communities that I live and work in. It motivated me to think creatively about health initiatives for patients with unique barriers to care.”
Victorine, Class of 2019
"The Peters Scholarship for Future Practitioners in Underserved Communities gave me the opportunity to explore the various groups of people living in Minnesota, and be able to identify a specific group I think was not medically served sufficiently. I am working towards practicing in this community when I graduate from pharmacy school. Also, this scholarship has helped reduce the amount of school fee loans I would have had at the completion of my PharmD program. I am really grateful for that."
Abdi, Class of 2018
"All too often it is easy to get consumed in the busy life that is a pharmacy student, but the Peters Scholarship for Future Practitioners in Medically Underserved Communities serves as a reminder of the commitment I made to myself to help others. Through the requirement of the scholarship I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with faculty and other students each year so that we could mentor and help each other as we identify novel and innovative ways to start our work as students and continue our work after graduation. Just in the past few months I began educating uninsured Somali families on how to navigate the healthcare online exchange website and sign up for government insurance. There should be no reason a family of six avoids the doctor's office because of costs, when their income would otherwise qualify them for free health insurance. Tackling simple barrier to care such as access is where I’m going to start."
Elise, Class of 2018
"Receiving the Peter's Scholarship for Future Practitioners in Underserved Communities set my course in pharmacy in a beautiful direction. It inspired me to look for opportunities I may have missed otherwise. It motivated me to engage in a variety of interprofessional activities aimed at improving care for individuals that are not well-served by our current healthcare system. I am very grateful to the Peter's Scholarship for supporting me along the way!"
Anjoli, Class of 2017
"The Weaver Grant has allowed me to do the work that I am most passionate about: working with communities to find solutions to eliminate healthcare disparities. Because of the Weaver Grant, a connection was created between the Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance and Little Earth, a section 8 housing community and non-profit dedicated to addressing the needs of the urban underserved American Indian community in the East Philips Neighborhood of Minneapolis. MPSA members host monthly health fairs at Little Earth and educate the community about drug abuse and misuse, women’s health, and offer important health screenings. The community had created a strong bond with CoP students, even inviting them to participate in prayer circles and pow wow events. The Weaver Grant has allowed me to continue doing work at Little Earth from my time as a student to now as a pharmacy resident. Thank you to Dee and Larry Weaver for their generous contributions. The Weaver Grant is helping to advance the profession while making Minnesota communities stronger."