Scholarship Dinner Connects Students and Sponsors Virtually

Published on 27 October 2021

Each year, the annual University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis Scholarship Awards Dinner brings scholarship donors and student recipients together to celebrate the spirit of giving back and supporting the next generation’s success. The interactions and friendships forged during this annual event connect multiple generations of the UHSP community and bridge the University’s past and present.

Due to continued COVID-19 restrictions and precautions, the event was held virtually this year. In an effort to connect event sponsors and students, this year’s virtual forum featured presentations by representatives of the University and individual meet-up sessions, which provided sponsors and students with opportunities to speak one-on-one.

The event included remarks from UHSP President David D. Allen, who spoke on the state of the University. Anastasia Armbruster, Pharm.D. ’09, associate professor of pharmacy practice and chair of the UHSP scholarship committee, was also on hand to deliver the scholarship committee report outlining the committee’s scholarship review and selection process.

“Although we were in different locations, we came together online to celebrate and recognize this year’s scholarship recipients and to honor the generous scholarship sponsors who have invested in our students’ future,” Allen explained. “Our donors know the importance of scholarships from their time as students, and their generous support will enable us to continue our mission and accomplish our goals.”

The Scholarship Awards Committee dedicates numerous hours over several months each year to review scholarship applications and match qualifying students with available scholarship funds.

This year, the committee reviewed 356 applications and ultimately selected 161 students to receive 192 scholarships totalling more $475,000.

P4 student Lauren Busch, B.S. ’19, received the coveted Faculty and Staff Scholarship, a $25,000 award funded by donations from faculty and staff at the University. The scholarship represents the largest award distributed by the committee each year.

“There will always be students who need our support, and we thank our sponsors for answering that call,” stated Armbruster. “Because of our supporters, UHSP students are able to continue their pursuit of education, excellence and success. The actions of supporters, and the impact they have on students today, can inspire action tomorrow, and in years to come.”

After the presentation, sponsors and scholarship recipients had the chance to connect via virtual, one-on-one, meet-and-greet sessions, where students could personally thank their sponsor and network with mentors in the health care industry. In total, 96 one-on-one sessions were held for 264 students and sponsors, and 172 individuals attended the presentation.

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