Although pharmacy scholarships limited to African American and minority applicants are not numerous, they do exist. The majority are funded by corporations or private donors and administered by individual colleges and universities. In addition, a couple of minority scholarship programs are offered by national organizations dedicated to the science of pharmacy.
National Pharmaceutical Association Foundation
The mission statement of the National Pharmaceutical Association Foundation involves increasing the representation of people of minority ethnicity in the field of pharmacy. As part of that mission, the National Pharmaceutical Association Foundation provides scholarship support to minority pharmacy students who are members of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association. These scholarships are administered through university chapters of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association.
American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education
The American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education offers scholarship support to underrepresented pharmacy students across the nation through the Minority Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program. As of 2011, up to 10 scholarships are awarded annually in the amount of $6,000, and recipients may renew this award for an additional year. The application is available online at the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education website. The annual deadline for application is March 1.
Although some private corporations fund scholarship programs for minority pharmacy students, they do not administer them. Corporations make gifts to individual colleges, and these colleges provide scholarship funds to attending students. Walgreens has funded scholarships at universities across the United States, including the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Services, which in 2011 offered $2,000 Walgreens Diversity Scholarships to attending minority students. Another example is the CVS Pathways to Pharmacy program, which provides scholarships and internships to minority students across the country.
Many pharmacy departments at individual schools award at least one scholarship that is limited to African American or minority students. For instance, the College of Pharmacy at Long Island University offers scholarship support to African American students through the $1,000 Josué Bruno Scholarship, as of 2011. The College of Pharmacy at the University of Toledo makes scholarships assistance available to African American students through the Hutton Pharmacy Scholarship and the William W. & Ella P. Stewart Scholarship Fund. Be sure to apply for all minority scholarships offered by your College of Pharmacy.