UIC College of Pharmacy SNPhA Scholarship Established By Historic Advisors
The Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) was founded nationally in 1972 and is affiliated with the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA), which itself was formed in 1947. The missions of both organizations focus on supporting the profession of pharmacy and improvement of the health, educational, and social environment of minority communities.
The UIC College of Pharmacy’s SNPhA chapter was formed in 1994, and several former faculty advisors, including Drs. Deborah Harper-Brown, BS ’83, PharmD ’85; Miriam Mobley Smith, PharmD ’95; Charles McPherson, PharmD; Daphne Smith Marsh, PharmD ’97; Tiffany Scott-Horton, PharmD, MHA; and the newly appointed advisor Dr. Jewel Younge, PharmD ’17, recently came together to extend their legacy by gifting the college an endowed scholarship to support SNPhA students for years to come.
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Many of the group remember their time in either NPhA or SNPhA as students themselves. The organizations meant a lot to their pharmacy school experience and was the insperation for them to serve as advisors, and Dr. Younge notes, “[The] UIC COP SNPhA is in a time of transition. As the demographics of the membership have changed, we discover ourselves in new communities. Recent events compel us, increasingly, to find our identity in the virtual realm. Who, and where, are the people who need SNPhA the most? We evolve, yet our dedication to our communities remains unwavering.”
The UIC College of Pharmacy SNPhA Scholarship will be focused on the mission and vision of both SNPhA and its parent organization, NPhA. Dr. Mobley Smith notes, “The mission and vision of SNPhA and NPhA . . . are more relevant than ever. These organizations focus on the pharmacist’s and [the] pharmacy profession’s efforts to improve the quality of healthcare for underserved and minority communities. The NPhA Foundation provides scholarships to student members of SNPhA in support of academic excellence, leadership development, pharmacy practice innovation, and career success. Accordingly, the historical faculty advisors of the UIC-SNPhA chapter felt that it was important to endow a scholarship for SNPhA students consistent with NPhA and foundation goals. Representation of views and ideas of minority pharmacists and student pharmacists on issues affecting healthcare and their chosen pharmacy profession is critical. This scholarship is designed to support students during their journey toward academic and professional success.”
Though initially established by the former faculty advisors, the group is hopeful that former students, alumni, and friends will reflect upon their own experiences and join them in support of current and future SNPhA leaders. Your support for the scholarship fund will enhance the educational experience of current and future SNPhA members.
Dr. McPherson summed up his support for the scholarship by using the words of Les Brown, “To achieve something that you have never achieved before, you must become someone that you have never been before.”
These six people made a statement. By joining them, YOU can make a statement too. The impact that you can make together is far more important in our ultimate students’ success. Please join Deborah, Miriam, Charles, Daphne, Tiffany, and Jewel in igniting student success at giving.pharmacy.uic.edu.