From the UConn Foundation's Our Moment newsletter (November-December 2012)
From left: Brian Otis, UConn Foundation;
Dean Robert McCarthy, Uconn School of
Pharmacy; Joseph Bourque, Cardinal
Health; and Angelo DeFazio '85, Arrow
Pharmacy.The University of Connecticut has received a $125,000 gift from Cardinal Health to provide scholarships to students in the School of Pharmacy.
UConn is one of eight pharmacy schools across the nation selected to receive funding from the 2012 Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program designed to support students interested in careers in independent community pharmacy. Cardinal Health has donated more than $2.1 million to 20 universities through this program, since its launch in June 2011.The schools were selected to participate in the program because of their commitment to advancing the independent pharmacy profession by offering curricula focused on operating an independent pharmacy; supporting student-run chapters of the National Community Pharmacists Association; endorsing internship and experiential programs with local independent retail pharmacies; and demonstrating high-post-graduate rates in community pharmacy settings.
“Cardinal Health serves more than 7,000 independently owned retail pharmacies across the United States, and we’re committed to supporting the continued growth of community pharmacy,” says Mike Kaufmann, chief executive officer of Cardinal Health’s Pharmaceutical segment. “We passionately believe in the essential role that community pharmacists play in making sure patients have convenient access to high quality, personalized health care, and we’re proud to partner with UConn to develop tomorrow’s pharmacy leaders.”
The company would like its scholarships to be a significant source of financial support to the recipients, perhaps paying for all or most of their final year of pharmacy school, so its suggests the gift provide a scholarship to one or two students a year rather than to a handful. “The goal is to provide support to one or two pharmacy student, especially with financial need, with a passion for entrepreneurship in community pharmacy,” says Angelo DeFazio, ’85, president and chief executive officer of Arrow Pharmacy and a graduate of UConn’s School of Pharmacy, who was instrumental in getting UConn included in the Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship program.
Cardinal Health hopes to provide additional support to its scholarship recipients in the form of networking and educational opportunities, according to Joseph Bourque, Jr., director of sales for Cardinal health who presented the check to School of Pharmacy Dean Robert McCarthy. “Our goal is to help make sure that students interested in community pharmacy have the information they need to be successful,” says Bourque.
“We wish to express our deep appreciation to our friends at Cardinal Health for their most generous gift and to Mr. DeFazio for his support,” says McCarthy. “It will be of tremendous benefit to our students who share their entrepreneurial spirit, and is especially welcome in these challenging economic times,” noted McCarthy. “This gift recognizes our pharmacy program as one of the nation’s finest, one that supports those of our students who still hold the dream of pharmacy ownership.”
By: Kristina Goodnough, UConn Foundation
To support the School of Pharmacy, please contact the Foundation's development department.