College of Pharmacy scholarship supports veterans during their higher education experience

11/09/2017

Jamie and Jason George posing with childSince the enactment of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, higher education institutions have made commitments to supporting veterans as they head back to school. At The Ohio State University, there are more than 1,800 current veterans, dependents, active duty, National Guard, and reserve members attending classes and furthering their education. The College of Pharmacy supports its veteran students through the Jason and Jamie George Veteran Scholarship, a new scholarship that was created by a veteran alumnus and his wife in 2016.

Jason George, a 2004 College of Pharmacy graduate and civilian clinical pharmacist, created the scholarship with his wife Jamie. George joined the military after receiving his PharmD from Ohio State, completing combat deployment and overseas trainings. With both pharmacy and military playing such a large part in their lives, the George family decided they wanted to do something to give back.

“We feel it is important to honor and help those who have served,” George said. “Veterans deserve extra peace of mind that when they finish school they won’t be solely working to pay back their education. This scholarship can help them focus on their academics and finding innovative ways to be leaders the pharmacy profession.”

Jonathan Morris, a United States Army veteran, is a current recipient of the scholarship as a PharmD student. Morris had aspirations to work in the medical field since he was young. Enlisting in the United States Army in 2006 as a combat medic opened his eyes to the responsibilities of those in medical professions.

Scholarship recipient, Jonathan Morris, poses in his white coat.“While deployed, I became interested in diagnosing and treating,” Morris said. “I learned there were several treatments for each situation which piqued my interest in pharmacotherapy.”

After his graduation in 2018, Morris hopes to work with and support fellow veterans at a Veterans Affairs (VA) institution. He feels his service will help him to connect with the veteran patients and better understand their situation.

“I am so honored to receive this scholarship and grateful for the positive impact it will have on my family,” Morris said. “I’m looking forward to finishing school and celebrating graduation with my wife and daughter.”