A Responsibility to Give Back
Published on 25 July 2019
With the need for student aid growing year after year, Michael Maddux, Pharm.D., FCCP, executive director of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, recognizes the important role that alumni and friends play in supporting students.
Maddux joined St. Louis College of Pharmacy as the division director of pharmacy practice in 1991. During his 12 years with the College, he was instrumental in expanding the pharmacy program, and his work impacted the lives of countless students and faculty.
Following his departure in 2003, a group of faculty members established the Michael S. Maddux Clinical Pharmacy Scholarship to recognize his contributions to the institution and dedication to educating students.
This gesture is something that Maddux and existing faculty continue to honor by giving generously to the scholarship each year.
“As faculty, it is part of our ethos to give back,” Maddux explained. “And as pharmacists, learning is an ongoing experience, so it makes sense that we should invest in the education of future generations.”
Beyond named scholarships like Maddux’s, the College provides many avenues of support and aid to students. From merit- and need-based scholarships to federal and state grants, approximately 94 percent of students receive financial aid, and 60 percent of students receive aid directly from the College.
“Scholarships are critical to a student’s ability to progress through the pharmacy program and graduate with minimal debt,” Maddux said. “For those of us who have benefited from our postgraduate experience, what we received is almost immeasurable. Giving to scholarship programs is a way to pay forward what we have gained.”
Through its newly created scholars programs, the College is giving students access to new opportunities to receive scholarship support. The programs provide students, selected through a competitive application process, with financial assistance and the chance to explore their passions in community service, leadership, laboratory research, music and beyond.
As the College works to grow and expand its scholars programs, it has created the Scholars Program Fund. The fund represents an additional way for alumni and friends to become partners in providing needed support for students.
“From our perspective as supporters of this institution, it’s about giving back,” Maddux stated. “It is our professional responsibility to support the future of our students and the pharmacy profession, and scholarships are a great place to start.”
SUPPORT STUDENT SUCCESS THROUGH SCHOLARSHIPS
The College’s scholarship strategy has evolved over the past five years to remain competitive in a landscape where colleges and universities are competing for a shrinking population of high school graduates.
By incorporating scholarship support with exclusive experiences that complement our academic programs, the scholars programs have become a powerful recruiting tool.
Your contributions help us provide for future generations and recruit and retain the best and brightest students.
This story was featured in the Spring 2019 issue of Script Magazine. To read past issues of the magazine, visit the Script Magazine archive.