Cardinal Health has endowed a $125,000 scholarship fund for students of Butler University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Given in recognition of the important role of the independent community pharmacy and to encourage careers in that field, the scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing a professional phase pharmacy degree in professional years P1-P4.
A Fortune 21 company, Cardinal Health provides pharmaceuticals and medical products to more than 60,000 pharmacies, hospitals and ambulatory care sites each day. The company is also a leading manufacturer of medical and surgical products, and supports the growing diagnostic industry by supplying medical products to clinical laboratories and operating the nation’s largestnetwork of radiopharmacies that dispense products to aid in the early diagnosis and treatment of disease. With corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health employs more than 30,000 people worldwide.
“We look forward to working closely with Cardinal Health to introduce pharmacy students to the career options available in independent community pharmacy,” said Andritz. “Several Butler alumni have distinguished themselves in providing innovative pharmacy services in independent pharmacies and serve as excellent role models.”
Chris Lanctot, vice president of Cardinal Health’s Central Group, Independent Sales, signed the endowment agreement, along with Butler President James Danko and COPHS Dean Mary Andritz.
Cardinal Health supports scholarship funding at various colleges of pharmacy, aimed at students who demonstrate a strong interest in retail independent pharmacy, Lanctot said. “We intend to invite the student recipients to the Cardinal Health Retail Business Conference, during which they will meet other pharmacy students and be recognized in front of 4,000-5,000 customers,” he said.
The scholarship was established through the Butler JC Miller Endowed Scholarship program, allowing the spendable portion generated by the endowment each year to be matched 1:1 by unfunded scholarship dollars.