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IGNITE Campaign Impact Report for FY22*

*July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022

Dean Schumock

“The UIC College of Pharmacy values your financial support which serves to advance our mission of educating the current and next generation of pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, and pharmacy leaders; to conduct impactful and cutting-edge research; and to provide innovative patient care and service to our local, national, and global communities.”

Dean Glen Schumock

The Student Story Heading link

  • $ 358 K in scholarships and awards distributed to 152 students in FY21.

  • 7 endowed scholarships created during FY21.

  • 1 in 4 students receive financial support

Scholarships Help Students Effected by COVID-19 Heading link

John and Claire Plachetka

The COVID-19 pandemic is both a health and an economic crisis. For many pharmacy students, the outbreak has created enormous financial stress because of the loss of employment, additional demands associated with child or family responsibilities, or mounting student loans. These can threaten their ability to continue their education and even meet basic needs.

Thankfully, the UIC College of Pharmacy has alumni and friends like John Plachetka, BS ’76, PharmD, and his wife, Clare. Recognizing the situation, the Plachetkas reached out to the College to offer their support. Their gift will provide 50 scholarships over the next year to students who are facing immediate financial hardships.

  • 774 PharmD students supported.

  • 122 Graduate students supported.

  • 26 Postdoctoral students supported.


After graduating from UIUC in 2014, I took a few years off due to financial reasons. However, my goal was always to return to school and become a pharmacist. Your generosity is making my dream a reality!

Celeste Guzman  |  Class of 2024

I am sincerely honored to have been selected as the recipient of the Stella-Zeman Scholarship. By awarding me this scholarship, you have lightened my financial burden, allowing me to focus more on school. I hope to pay it forward and help another student in the future in the same way you are helping me.

Nivedha Poondi  |  Class of 2022

My passion for pharmacy is matched only by my love for helping others, so my decision to be a leader and educator comes from the heart. I am committed to my education and to the healthcare field and one step closer to becoming a pharmacist thanks to your continued generosity.

Justyna Mastalerz  |  Class of 2023

This financial gift will go a long way towards my pharmacy vocational endeavors. It brings me joy to see such giving hearts in this community and inspires me to abide y the principles and oath we swore upon to one day be on the other end of this process and help aspiring pharmacist navigate their career paths.

Joseph Pera  |  Class of 2024

The College Story Heading link

  • 1 deanship created

  • 4 professorships created

  • $2.4M in scholarship support

  • $ 12 M in direct support for research and innovation

  • $ 5 M in facility enhancements

  • $ 11 M in academic and faculty support

  • 985 volunteers contributed their time to the college

  • 1,000 s of hours of time were donated by volunteers

Philanthropy Supported Heading link

The Adesh Vora Family Auditorium

The College is partnering with the UI Cancer Center, the State of Illinois, and the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) on a new initiative by the University of Illinois System to construct the Drug Discovery and Cancer Research Pavilion (DDCRP), a state-of-the-art facility to house emerging areas of translational research.

The DDCRP will also feature an up-to-date lecture hall, thanks to the generosity of Adesh A. Vora, PharmD ’00. “The Adesh Vora Family Auditorium will provide much-needed additional teaching and conference space for our Chicago campus and additional momentum for this once-in-a-lifetime project on the Chicago campus,” said Dean Glen Schumock.

Read more about the gift and the DDCRP in The Pharmacist.

Dr. Retzky

The Herbert and Carol Retzky Simulation Center
This state-of-the-art education and training space opened in the Fall of 2019.  The Retzky Simulation Center, was made possible by the generous support of Dr. Carol Retzky, and her late husband, Herb Retzky (BS ’46), provides our students with a flexible, leading-edge learning space.

Alumni Room

The Alumni Room
Mr. and Mrs. Ted R. and Jean L. Gladson played a major role in creating a 21st-century conference room which opened prior to the beginning of our academic year.  Our Alumni Room, “is a place to plan the future of the College while being surrounded by the past.” – Ted Gladson, BS ’59.

Because of Alumni and Friends... Heading link

We are the #1 College of Pharmacy in Illinois, according to the US News and World Report.
We are the #7 College of Pharmacy in the Nation, according to the US News and World Report.
We are the #7 College of Pharmacy in the Nation, according to AACP Research Rankings.
We are One college, Two campuses, Unlimited opportunities.

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