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Kennedy Scholar Program

The Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center (KPIC) awards scholarships to provide pharmacy students with the opportunity to expand their educational training beyond the traditional Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum.

KPIC will give priority to financial award requests that focus on the below list of criteria, however, students are encouraged to submit requests that align with KPIC’s mission and objectives but may not fall neatly into this priority list. Awards totaling up to $3750 per academic term will be provided to selected applicants.

 
The highest priority for Kennedy Center support will be given to programs that:
 
  • Promote new career and business opportunities for pharmacy students and pharmacists

  • Develop entrepreneurship skills and opportunities among students

  • Provide students with unique exposure to successful pharmacy business and practice leaders

Types of Awards

1. Scholarship
 

Examples of activities that may be eligible for support as a Scholarship application: (Note: This is not a complete list as other activities may be submitted for review and possible support.)

  • Professional Compounding Center of America (PCCA) Training courses (on-campus/online)

  • National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Ownership Workshop (on-campus)

  • Dual degree programs (provided through the University of South Carolina)

  • Certificate training programs (on-campus/online; ie no travel expenses required)

2. Travel Stipend
 

Examples of activities that may be eligible for support as a Travel Stipend application: (Note: This is not a complete list as other activities may be submitted for review and possible support.)

  • Professional Compounding Center of America (PCCA) Training courses (off campus)

  • National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Ownership Workshop (off campus)

  • Certificate training programs (off-campus)

  • Travel expenses to select rotation sites approved by the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center as eligible for financial support.

Eligibility Criteria for All Awards

  • Current PharmD student at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy

  • For dual degree programs, the student must be enrolled in a USC-based program (ie. MPH, MBA, MHIT).

  •  Student in good academic standing and not on conduct probation or facing other disciplinary actions due to violation of SCCP Professionalism Policy.

The following are not eligible for funding: 

  • PharmD tuition

  • Travel to attend a trade association (e.g. APhA or ASHP convention) meeting without clear explanation of how the event will aid in accomplishing training that meets Kennedy Center goals.

Additional Application Details to be submitted

1. Provide a summary report or assessment of you career interests and how you feel this activity would be beneficial for you within this career path. Indicate opportunities for interdisciplinary and/or interprofessional collaboration with this activity. Indicate which KPIC priority criteria you feel this initiative will meet, and please provide a statement to support this claim if not already included in your summary report. (List all that apply)

  • Promotes new career and business opportunities for pharmacy students

  • Promotes entrepreneurship among students

  • Provides students experiences with successful pharmacy business and practice leaders

2. Provide an estimated cost or budget for this activity. Provide as much detail as available. If this will be a multi-semester event, then provide a budget for the term in which you are applying as well as a total estimated budget for the complete event.

3. A letter of recommendation may be required from a faculty or professional mentor. You will be notified by the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center if this will be needed for your application.

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