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“Brighter Horizons” for Distinguished Scholars & Podcast Episode 5 - featuring Joseph Washington

Updated: Jan 20, 2022

#PharmGradWishList is ecstatic to announce the funding of scholarships to support the transition to post-graduate pharmacy education for 20 Black, Indigenous, and persons of color (BIPOC) future pharmacists! Back in late August, we called upon the pharmacy community to support our commitment to equity within the pharmacy profession with the goal of fundraising five $500 scholarships to offset the cost of the post-graduate training application process. …and you all heard the call loud and clear! Understanding the disproportionate financial burden BIPOC graduates incur going through pharmacy education, putting money into hands to overcome this burden can be a small seed in growing a bright future for young clinicians. Not only was the mission heard, The greater #PharmGradWishList community quadrupled our goal; raising enough funds to support TWENTY, yes 20, BIPOC graduates!

Two of the scholarships were funded by the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and one by the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy.

In addition, we had six unique donors who fully sponsored a scholarship. For those keeping track -- yes! We had one additional pharmacist, Katie Cho, message us the day we were awarding scholarships! These donors included pharmacists from various fields of pharmacy including oncology, critical care, and ambulatory care and are listed below:

Larry W. Buie, PharmD, BCOP, FCCP, FASHP

Jimmy Pruitt, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Kamakshi Rao, PharmD, BCOP, FASHP

Shannon Hough, PharmD, BCOP

Amber Lawson, PharmD, BCOP

Katie Cho, PharmD, BCACP

Interested in hearing from one of our scholars and the impact of intentional diversification of pharmacy practice? On Episode 5 of the “Brighter Horizons'' podcast, Dr. Lindsey Childs-Kean speaks with one of our scholarship winners, Joseph Washington, on the impact of mentorship and expanding past one’s comfort zone in pharmacy education.

Joseph is a soon-to-be graduate of the University of Florida pursuing dual degree studies with a PharmD/Master of Public Health (MPH). Given his passion for the healthcare system as a whole, Joseph plans to pursue a career in health economics and outcomes research where he hopes to improve equitable health care across varied communities.

Looking toward the future, Joseph desires to be the change, advocating for advancement in all avenues.

Give our episode a listen here:

Learn more about our scholarship recipients by following the 31 days of PharmGradWishlist! We'll be highlighting a new scholar every day throughout the month of December.

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