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A endowed scholarship from the Community Foundation of San Joaquin that has been matched by the Powel Match will help college students from San Joaquin and Calaveras counties attend the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy with the hope they will remain in the community to meet an expected shortage of pharmacists.

A endowed scholarship from the Community Foundation of San Joaquin that has been matched by the Powel Match will help college students from San Joaquin and Calaveras counties attend the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy with the hope they will remain in the community to meet an expected shortage of pharmacists.

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Community Foundation awards $50,000 grant to benefit local pharmacy students

Dec 14, 2017

The Community Foundation of San Joaquin has awarded a $50,000 grant to establish an endowed scholarship at Pacific's Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

The scholarship will support students from San Joaquin and Calaveras counties who are enrolled in the school's professional and graduate degree programs in pharmacy, helping to bridge the financial gap many regional students face in attending college. Through Pacific's Powell Match Program, the $50,000 grant will be matched dollar for dollar, bringing the total value of the endowed scholarship to $100,000.

The announcement comes at a time when California and the Central Valley are experiencing a shortage of health professionals in areas such as pharmacy, threatening access to healthcare in the region. In San Joaquin County alone, the demand for pharmacists is projected to increase by 14 percent from 2014-24, which is double the state's average of 7 percent.

"Our hope is that this scholarship will help retain local talent and assist in developing a pipeline of students who can meet the growing workforce demand in pharmacy, both regionally and statewide," said Moses Zapien '03, CEO of the Community Foundation.

Student pharmacists at Pacific provide thousands of hours of vital outreach to the region on an annual basis. Pharmacy students have served more than 5,500 underserved Medicare beneficiaries over the past 10 years at sites such as senior retirement communities and subsidized housing complexes throughout Northern California.

"Pacific's pharmacy program is committed to recruiting and retaining the highest quality students from San Joaquin and Calaveras counties who demonstrate academic excellence, serve their community and engage as alumni," said Phillip R. Oppenheimer, dean of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. "The university is committed to providing students with access to opportunities that ensure they thrive personally and professionally. Scholarships reward dedicated students and help attract a diverse and outstanding student body."

The Community Foundation of San Joaquin's mission is to provide leadership, promote a culture of giving and create resources that address the needs of the community. The foundation has been a long-time partner and supporter of University of the Pacific, and is committed to improving the quality of life in San Joaquin County.    

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