Marshall School of Pharmacy receives grant money from Walgreens for diversity initiatives


The School of Pharmacy has received a $10,000 grant from Walgreens to support diversity outreach and inclusion initiatives.

The grant, to be disseminated as scholarships and funding for pipeline programs and other cultural initiatives, is part of Walgreens’ national effort to support increasing diversity among professional student programs.

Receiving Walgreens scholarships this academic year are James W. Frazier, Louisville, Ky.. Yanick N. Hicks, Marietta, Ga., and Minh Thu T. Tran, Jacksonville, Fla.

“These students are exemplary in their commitment to diversity on campus,” said Dr. Shelvy L. Campbell, assistant dean for diversity. “They have been important partners in our mission to create an inclusive environment at the School of Pharmacy that is welcoming and nurturing to all students, particularly those from underrepresented minority groups in pharmacy.”

As part of the grant, Walgreens requires the school to report on how the annual funds were used to support diversity initiatives throughout the year.    Since 2008, the company has donated more than $1 million annually to support diversity initiatives at schools and colleges of pharmacy nationwide.

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Photo: Kevin W. Yingling, R. Ph., M.D., dean of the  School of Pharmacy, and Shelvy L. Campbell, Ph.D., assistant dean for diversity, receive a gift from Walgreens presented by (center) Deborah Harris, Pharm.D., with Walgreens.