The School has received a $50,000 grant from the Community Foundation of San Joaquin to establish a Powell matched endowed scholarship. The scholarship will support students from San Joaquin and Calaveras counties who are enrolled in the School’s professional and graduate degree programs in pharmacy, helping to bridge the financial gap many regional students face in attending college.
The announcement comes at a time when California and the Central Valley are experiencing a shortage of health professionals in areas such as pharmacy, threatening access to health care in the region. In San Joaquin County alone, the demand for pharmacists is projected to increase by 14 percent from 2014-24, which is double the state’s average of 7 percent.
“Our hope is that this scholarship will help retain local talent and assist in developing a pipeline of students who can meet the growing workforce demand in pharmacy, both regionally and statewide.”
“Pacific’s pharmacy program is committed to recruiting and retaining the highest quality students from San Joaquin and Calaveras counties who demonstrate academic excellence, serve their community and engage as alumni,” said Dean Phillip R. Oppenheimer. “The University is committed to providing students with access to opportunities that ensure they thrive personally and professionally. Scholarships reward dedicated students and help attract a diverse and outstanding student body.”
The foundation’s mission is to provide leadership, promote a culture of giving and create resources that address the needs of the community. They are committed to improving the quality of life for San Joaquin County residents and have been a long-time partner of the University.