Top pharmacy school scholarships

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Pursuing a career in pharmacy requires a significant investment of money and time. Pharmacists begin their careers with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D), which takes four years to complete on top of three to four years of undergraduate coursework. Not only that, but the average pharmacy school student could wind up paying anywhere from $10,000 to $50,000 per year for an in-state pharmacy school, depending on where they attend.

If you’re considering a career in pharmacy and wondering how you’ll cover the cost of tuition, pharmacy school scholarships can help lessen the burden. Here are some of the best pharmacy scholarships available in 2020 and 2021, what they’re worth and how to apply.

APhA Student Scholarship Program

The APhA Student Scholarship Program is a $1,000 scholarship available to pharmacy students who participate in their school’s APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists chapter. Students must have also completed at least one academic year of school before they can apply.

How to qualify: To qualify, you must be a pharmacy school student who participates in their school’s APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists chapter. You must also have a GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or an equivalent grading system.

When to apply: Applications for this scholarship will reopen in September of 2020, and you can apply until Dec. 1, 2020.

CVS Health Minority Scholarship for Pharmacy Students

The CVS Health Minority Scholarship for Pharmacy Students is promoted in conjunction with the AACP and consists of five separate awards for minority students enrolled in a pharmacy school program for the school year. Each eligible recipient received $8,000 in scholarship funds during the last scholarship year.

How to qualify: Qualified applicants must be enrolled in an accredited pharmacy school program and be an underrepresented minority student. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required, and students must demonstrate leadership, academic success and a commitment to furthering the professional status of pharmacists this field of study.

When to apply: Applications for the 2020-21 school year were due by July 1, 2020. Future application deadlines are TBD.

ASHP Student Leadership Award

The ASHP Student Leadership Award comes in the form of a $2,000 cash award, and it is available for full-time pharmacy school students who meet unique criteria and already belong to the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). An essay is required to apply, along with three letters of recommendation, a professional questionnaire, a resume and a formal application.

How to qualify: Students must have completed at least one academic year and be an ASHP member in good standing. A grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale is required.

When to apply: Eligible applicants can apply for this scholarship starting on Oct. 1, 2020.

The NCPA Foundation Presidential Scholarship

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) offers a Presidential Scholarship worth $2,000. This scholarship is offered to pharmacy school students who exhibit leadership qualities as well as academic achievement.

How to qualify: You must be a member of the NCPA to apply, and you must also be attending an accredited pharmacy school on a full-time basis during the term the scholarship is awarded.

When to apply: Applications for the 2020-21 school year were due by March 15, 2020. Future application deadlines are TBD.

Partners in Pharmacy

The NCPA also offers a Partners in Pharmacy scholarship worth $2,000, which is awarded at the NCPA Annual Convention. A travel stipend of up to $300 may also be awarded to those who can attend the convention in person to accept their award.

How to qualify: To qualify, you must be a NCPA member who is attending pharmacy school on a full-time basis during the term the scholarship is awarded. You can only receive this award one time.

When to apply: Applications for the 2020-21 school year were due by March 15, 2020. Future application deadlines are TBD.

Express Scripts Scholars Program

The Express Scripts Scholars Program intends to assist dual-degree pharmacy students with diverse interests. Students with low socioeconomic or minority status are given preference for this program. Four total awards are offered for $10,000 each.

How to qualify: You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is attending an accredited pharmacy school in pursuit of a Pharm.D degree.

When to apply: The program did not accept applications for 2020. Future application deadlines are TBD.

Tylenol Future Care Scholarships

The Tylenol Future Care Scholarship is available for undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing a degree in various health care professions, including the field of pharmacy. However, you must enroll in graduate school as a full-time student during the fall season after which the scholarship is awarded. Ten awards for $10,000 are available, as well as 25 scholarships worth $5,000 each.

How to qualify: You must be a resident of the United States, Puerto Rico or Washington, D.C. You must also be a graduate student or getting ready to enroll in graduate school for the year, and you must have at least one year of your pharmacy education remaining.

When to apply: Applications for the 2020-21 school year opened on May 1, 2020, and closed on July 30, 2020. Future application deadlines are TBD.

Additional ways to pay for pharmacy school

Pharmacy school scholarships can take the sting out of paying for tuition, but you’ll likely need to come up with additional sources of funding. Consider the following options as you begin pricing out pharmacy school and looking for ways to cover your out-of-pocket expenses, including the cost of tuition and fees.

  • Federal student loans: Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to see if you are eligible for any federal aid, including federal student loans. Federal student loans come with low fixed interest rates and a variety of repayment options, including income-driven repayment plans.
  • Private student loans: Private student loans can be used to fill in the gaps after you have exhausted federal student loans, and they often come with lower interest rates and flexible repayment plans when compared to federal alternatives.
  • Look for additional aid: It’s possible that you could attend college for free (or at a much lower cost) with the help or pharmacy school grants, work-study programs and other types of aid. Make sure to look for all potential financial aid opportunities that may be available to you, including employer tuition reimbursement programs.

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