Uniting Generations at Annual Scholarship Dinner

Published on 24 October 2019

On Oct. 17, more than 270 students, alumni, faculty, staff and donors attended the annual St. Louis College of Pharmacy Scholarship Awards Dinner to celebrate scholarship recipients and sponsors for the 2019-20 academic year.

“The event offered students and donors a chance to meet face-to-face to make professional connections and share their experiences with one another,” said Kathy Gardner, vice president for advancement and chief development officer. “They came together to celebrate and recognize the students’ accomplishments and honor the donors’ investments in their future.”

Each year, the scholarship awards committee convenes to review applications and match them with available scholarship funds. This year, the committee reviewed more than 446 applications, ultimately awarding 209 scholarships to 180 deserving students. Funded by individual donors, the scholarships amounted to more than $472,000 in essential student aid.

“As a committee, we get to see the best and brightest the College has to offer,” stated Anastasia Armbruster, Pharm.D. ’09, AACC, BCPS, BCCP, associate professor of pharmacy practice. “We get to acknowledge and reward their hard work through both scholarship awards and the celebratory dinner. I love seeing the students interacting with their sponsors. It really puts a personal touch on the process.”

The event featured a special video presentation highlighting scholarship recipients and the ways in which they have been personally impacted by the monetary awards they have received. Following the video, P3 student Abby Hart, P4 student Rachel Marchi and sophomore student Jasmine Adams each spoke about their individual paths to pursuing careers in health care and how their paths brought them to the College.

As the program came to a close, a room full of smiling faces said goodbye to new friends and peers.

“For years, this special event has provided an opportunity to unite generations of students, alumni and health care professionals within our community,” Gardner explained. “By investing in future generations, we are able to create a cycle of giving that continues far beyond ourselves. The actions of these donors do not go unnoticed, and the impact they can have on students today can inspire action tomorrow and in years to come.”

Scholarships are an important resource for students with financial need. To help close the financial gap for our students, the College offers multiple avenues for scholarships and donor-funded aid programs.

Find out how you can make a difference in students’ lives by supporting scholarships and student-focused initiatives.

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