Diversity Summer Programs

Future pharmacists are being trained every summer at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Programs targeting students from middle school and high school aim to introduce our diverse community to the benefits of a career in health care. 

The College’s Summer Pharmacy Academy, in conjunction with St. Louis Public Schools, includes a week of activities for seventh- and eighth-grade students from McKinley Classical Junior Academy. The program is designed to teach 30 select students about the profession of pharmacy and provide them with hands-on lab experience in compounding. 

High school students can choose from two programs designed to continue their education. The Pharmacy Career Explorers Program, launched by the College and Walgreens, is designed to give high school junior and senior minority students an in-depth and firsthand look at a career as a pharmacist. Students spend half the program in class at the College. The other half is spent gaining first-hand experience behind the counter at a local Walgreens working as a pharmacy technician.

The College also collaborates with Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Express Scripts for the BESt Pharmacy Summer Institute. About 50 high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors are exposed to the profession of pharmacy and what it takes to succeed in college. A small group of students live in Residence Hall during the program to immerse themselves in a college environment.