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Brad and Joan Cannon


As Brad ’94 PharmD and Joan Cannon ’97 PharmD sat in their suburban Chicago kitchen in early 2016 – the family checkbook open and prepared to make its annual donation to the UIC College of Pharmacy – a long-lingering idea resurfaced.

“We were looking at all these different places at the College where we could place our money and just realized it was time to do it ourselves,” Brad says.

“It” was creating a legacy scholarship.

And it they did.

In 2016, the Cannons finalized plans with the College for The Joan and Bradley Cannon Excellence in Interprofessional Leadership Scholarship.

“The College of Pharmacy was the place where we both received the training we needed to start our careers and we wanted to recognize the significant experiences we had at the College in our own way,” Brad says.

The endowed annual scholarship, set to be awarded for the first time this April, will honor a P3 or P4 student who actively promotes the pharmacy profession’s key role in improving patient health, particularly within teams of diverse health professionals.

“Both Joan and I have worked on interprofessional teams throughout our careers and we hope to encourage students to demonstrate the full range of what pharmacists can do to other health care providers and students,” says Brad, who served on the UIC College of Pharmacy faculty for 20 years before becoming the Director of Experiential Education at Rosalind Franklin University in 2014.

While many donors create legacy scholarships in the twilight of their careers or following retirement, the Cannons decided not to postpone the seemingly inevitable.

“We hope our gift shows others that you don’t have to wait,” Brad says. “We want to be able to meet the people we can help right now and look forward to seeing our scholarship help students for many years to come.”