MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Three members of the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy Class of 2014 received scholarships to help further their academic careers.

Teresa Ng, of Charleston, W.Va.; Kara Piechowski, of Sutton, W.Va.; and Zachary Post, of Clarksburg, W.Va., received National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation Partners in Pharmacy Scholarships at the NCPA Annual Convention in October in Orlando, Fla. The students each received $2,000 to be applied to their tuition for the spring 2014 semester.

The NCPA Partners in Pharmacy scholarships are awarded to students based on their service to the community, academic achievements, and their interest and commitment to independent pharmacy.

The WVU chapter of NCPA focuses on community awareness and promoting the professional practice of independent pharmacies to student pharmacists. The chapter also participates in health education activities focusing on proper medication disposal and over-the-counter medication education.

“I always had an interest in the health sciences,” Ng said. “I was interested in community pharmacy, so joining the NCPA student chapter was a good choice. I wanted to learn about the unique services that community pharmacies and pharmacists can offer and how these programs are incorporated into everyday pharmacy practice.”

Piechowski shares the same interest to better her community through pharmacy healthcare education.

“I decided to pursue a career in pharmacy because I knew I would be able to directly help patients,” she said. “I wanted the opportunity to have a hand in healthcare while serving my community. It was truly an honor to win this national scholarship, and I am very thankful for the award.”

In addition to the NCPA scholarship, Post also received a $2,000 scholarship from the Global Engagement Office of the WVU Health Sciences Center for his pharmacy rotation experience in Santarem, Brazil.

The scholarship will help fund travel and registration for this Multilateral Partnership for Interprofessional Education rotation experience through Amizade. This is the first time students from the WVU School of Pharmacy have participated in this global health education experience.

“I am truly honored to have received this award,” Post said. “This experience will be a great opportunity to further develop my skills in inter-professional patient care.”
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For more information: Amy Newton, School of Pharmacy, 304-293-7192
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