Pharmacy Scholars


Students accepted into the Pharmacy Scholars Program will complete two years of pre-pharmacy coursework and then apply for progression to the professional program (which includes a personal interview and writing sample) via the PharmCAS application process.

As long as Scholars meet the performance standards of the program, they will be able to enter the professional program. Students not in the Pharmacy Scholars program may still pursue the Doctor of Pharmacy path through the regular admission process.


In addition to the benefits all pre-pharmacy students enjoy at the University, including undergraduate courses taught through a health care lens and no PCAT requirement, participants in the Pharmacy Scholars Program will also receive:

  • A minimum annual merit scholarship of $12,000 for undergraduate coursework years
  • Space in the Pharmacy Scholars Living Learning Community
  • Completion of pre-pharmacy coursework in two years*, allowing students to enter the professional program in their third year at the University and earn their Doctor of Pharmacy in a total of six years
  • A mentor assigned from St. Louis College of Pharmacy at UHSP faculty in addition to the standard pre-pharmacy undergraduate advisor
  • First selection of early interview dates for professional program entry
  • Guaranteed merit scholarship for the professional program, upon entry, with satisfactory academic progress and program participation
  • Special recognition at Commencement and St. Louis College of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony

*Summers may be required depending on AP/IB/Dual Credit earned prior to entry. If summer coursework is required to complete in two years (as determined upon entry), a scholarship will be awarded that will cover the cost of required summer course tuition.

Requirements for Admission to the Pharmacy Scholars Program

  • Applicants must be seeking admission to the University directly from high school (a first-time, full-time student)
  • The application for admission to the Pharmacy Scholars Program will include a required essay
  • Though all applicants are reviewed holistically, competitive applicants will have a minimum overall GPA of 3.5/4.0, and a core math and science course GPA of 3.5/4.0 at the 6th semester in high school, and if test scores are submitted, a composite ACT score of at least 27 or SAT total score of at least 1280
  • Students must complete the form acknowledging their ability to meet the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Technical Standards

Program Continuation Requirements

  • Students must meet with their mentor from the college of pharmacy once per semester
  • Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 for all courses taken at the University
  • Students must follow the process for entering the professional program as outlined annually
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to professional program entry (fall semester of P1 year)
  • Students mus live in the Living Learning Community for the first year and participate in weekly meetings the first semester
  • Students must meet all co-curricular undergraduate requirements

Before You Apply

Before you apply for the scholars program, you must submit:

  1. A completed Application for Admission to the University.
  2. A completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Apply to Be a Scholar

To apply for the program once you have completed the above steps:

  1. Complete the Pharmacy Scholars Application 
    • Note: You will need your admission application log in credentials to access the scholars application.
  2. Attach an Application Essay (500-700 words)
  3. Submit a Letter of Recommendation written by someone outside of your family who is familiar with your past volunteerism, dedication to your community or potential as an agent of change within your community.


  • February 1: Deadline for all scholars application materials
  • February 17: Finalist notifications
  • March 1: Interview Day

Have Questions?

For questions, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 314.446.8167 or


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