HU Scholarship Program
It is our great pleasure and pride to announce that Hampton University School of Pharmacy (HUSOP) has been awarded $2.6MM over the next four years by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to establish the Hampton University Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Program (HUSDSP). The primary goal of this program is to provide financial support to eligible pharmacy students for whom the cost of education is a significant burden and to increase the number of clinical pharmacists practicing in medically underserved communities post-graduation. A description of the HRSA Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program can be found at http://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/scholarships/disadvantaged.html.
HUSOP is currently the only pharmacy school in the United States that has been selected for this award. This is indeed a testament to the role that HUSOP plays at the state and national level in educating future pharmacists - in the 2014-15 academic year, HUSOP had the highest percentage enrollment of African Americans (AAs) in all colleges and schools of pharmacy in the USA. Furthermore, HUSOP accounts for more than 70% of total AA pharmacy student enrollment and pharmacy graduates in Virginia.
These grant funds will be used to provide scholarships to pharmacy students who are classified as environmentally or economically disadvantaged. While such a classification is required for a student to be considered for a scholarship, additional eligibility criteria have been set that will determine the final selection of students to receive scholarships from the grant. The goal of the HUSDSP is to provide eligible students with scholarships equivalent to at least 50% of tuition and mandatory fees in order to partially defray the costs of education. At this time, we anticipate awarding approximately 40 pharmacy students with scholarships based on need and eligibility.
In collaboration with the Hampton University Office of Financial Aid, this program will select scholarship recipients, make reasonable determinations of need, and will provide scholarships that do not exceed the allowable costs.
We are excited to share this wonderful news, and will keep you updated on further activities related to the program.
Dr. Wayne T. Harris
Hampton University School of Pharmacy