UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy attracts top students from all across the nation every year. However, the cost of education is a concern for many, and of the students who decline admission, 47% cite better aid packages from other schools as their reasoning of not attending UNC.1 Although most students (95%) work to pay their tuition and fees, the average debt of a student graduating from the Eshelman School of Pharmacy mounts to a $113,000.1 Financial burden is definitely one of the most remarkable concerns that students face not only during school, but upon graduation as well.
Through generous donorship of alumni arranged by the Carolina Pharmacy Annual Scholarship Program, students are awarded financial support for their education. Last year, 192 distinguished Eshelman School of Pharmacy students were awarded a scholarship, with an average scholarship amount of $5,000. Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance, financial need, and meaningful engagement in work, service, leadership, teaching, and scholarly activities.
The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Scholarship Luncheon was held on September 29, 2018 at the Carolina Inn. Alumni donors and faculty joined student scholarship recipients to honor the students’ achievements and recognize the loyal scholarship donors. Students sat on the same tables as the donors themselves or the donors’ family members to get to know each other better. The program also included a panel session led by Brad Wingo (Director, Office of Curricular and Student Affairs).
“Tuition and fees seem to go up, and sometimes the rising costs and fees are a rate limiting factor for students who are interested in attending pharmacy school, even in the application stage. Growing student loan debt acts as a stressor for our currently enrolled students,” Brad Wingo said. “Through the generous contributions and endowments by our donors, we are able to support our students in their academic endeavors.”
“I am very thankful for the scholarships awarded through Eshelman School of Pharmacy,” said Jenny Jin, recipient of the Jeffrey M. Jordan Scholarship. “Through a centralized application process, it was very easy to apply to the scholarship itself and I very much appreciate that, since applying to and navigating through multiple scholarships would be challenging. I am grateful for the donors who continue to support ESOP students even after they graduate. The Scholarship Luncheon was a lovely event that really showed what the Eshelman School of Pharmacy community means beyond the classroom.”
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