Join the 2021 Founders Day Giving Challenge

Published on 02 November 2021

From our founding as St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 1864 to our new legacy as University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis, our community has educated pharmacy and health care professionals for more than 157 years.

Each fall, the UHSP community celebrates the anniversary of our founding through our Founders Day celebration focused on education and philanthropy. In 2018, the University launched the Founders Day Giving Challenge to bring the University community together in the spirit of giving back and supporting the next generation of health care leaders and innovators.

The Founders Day Giving Challenge helps ensure that every student has access to support as they pursue their dreams. Over the years, challenge donors have collectively donated more than $63,000 for studentfocused initiatives.


The Founders Day Fund, inspired by the pioneering and supportive spirit of our founders, is the focus of the challenge and supports initiatives that impact the student experience at UHSP, including:

  • Emergencies: The fund aids students during medical emergencies or unforeseen times of need so they can continue their education.
  • Opportunities: The fund provides access to educational experiences beyond the classroom to develop and enhance skills that will empower students in their future careers.
  • Scholarships: The fund provides scholarship support to help students relieve their financial burden while pursuing their education at the University.


Of the collective challenge donations to the Founders Day Fund so far, $45,000 has been distributed to 33 students in amounts ranging from $500 to $2,500 based on their financial need. The remaining funds for the year have been allocated to the Students of Concern Committee, which provides a confidential support system and early intervention for at-risk students.

Founders Day Giving Challenge 2018-2020
$63,000 Total Raised
271 Total Donors $145 Average Gift Amount
3/3 No. of Years Exceeding Donation Goal
437 Total Gifts 46% Alumni
43% Faculty and Staff
11% UHSP Parents and Friends
2/2 No. of Challnege Gifts Unlocked


No challenge is too great when we come together for a united cause.

Join us again this year for the Founders Day Giving Challenge on Nov. 12 to honor our founders and their vision to support future generations of health care and pharmacy leaders.

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From sponsoring a challenge gift to serving as a challenge ambassador, there are numerous opportunities to get more involved in the Founders Day Giving Challenge.

If you are interested, contact Vincent Piazza, annual giving officer, at 314.446.8395 or to learn more.

This story was first published in the fall 2021 issue of Script Magazine. To view past issues of Script, visit the Script Magazine archive.

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