NACDS Foundation Awards $240,000 to Pharmacy Schools

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NACDS Foundation Awards $240,000 to Pharmacy Schools

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation awarded $240,000 in scholarships to pharmacy schools nationwide at the 2009 NACDS Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Fla., earlier this week.

“We commend each donor in these difficult economic times for their financial support and their dedication to the next generation of community pharmacy professionals,” said foundation president Phil Schneider.

The scholarships ranged from individual awards of $1,000 to $25,000 through the NACDS Foundation Pharmacy Partners Scholarship Program. This year’s NACDS Foundation Scholarship Program was supported by 30 benefactors, consisting of 26 NACDS chain pharmacy companies and four NACDS associate member benefactors.

The three largest scholarships were as follows:

--Apotex Corp. presented the $25,000 Wayne Roberts Memorial Scholarship to Southern Illinois University of Pharmacy
--Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. presented a $12,500 scholarship to Long Island University School of Pharmacy
--Abbott’s Pharmaceutical Products Division presented a $10,000 scholarship to Wayne State University College of Pharmacy and Health Science

Since the inception of the NACDS Foundation’s Pharmacy Partners Scholarship Program and the General Student Scholarship Program, more than $2.6 million in scholarship aid has been generated by the foundation.

Following is a complete listing of the 2009 NACDS Foundation Pharmacy Partners Scholarship Program benefactors:

Apotex Corp., Abbott - Pharmaceutical Products Division; Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Drug Store News, The Bartell Drug Co.; CARE Pharmacies, Inc.; Costco Wholesale and Costco Pharmacies; CVS Caremark Corp.; Duane Reade, Inc.; Fruth Pharmacy; Giant Eagle, Inc.; Giant Pharmacy; Harris Teeter; Hartig Drug Co., Inc.; HEB; Hi School Pharmacy, Inc.; Kerr Drug, Inc.; King Kullen Pharmacies Corp.; Kinney Drugs, Inc.; Lewis Drugs, Inc.; Osborn Drugs; Rexall Pharma Plus; Rite Aid Corp.; Save Mart Supermarkets; Stop & Shop Pharmacy; Supervalu, Inc.; Target Corp.; Thriftway/Zitomer Drug; USA Drug; Walgreen Co.; and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

“As the NACDS Foundation continues its advances in the education, training and recruitment of pharmacy professionals, we understand our unique relationship with colleges and schools of pharmacy, and we will continue to create, develop and nurture these relationships,” said Schneider.

The NACDS Foundation is a nonprofit organization that serves as the education, research and charitable affiliate of the Alexandria, Va.-based National Association of Chain Drug Stores.