Student scholarships support future healthcare providers


March 18, 2019

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Students in the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) program are the future of healthcare. The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy is training future pharmacists, scientists, doctors, dentists, optometrists and veterinarians who will go on to improve healthcare across the country and around the globe. Our program requires intense focus and time spent outside of the classroom studying. Unfortunately, for many of our students, the rising cost of tuition competes for their focus and many are working long hours to finance their education.

On average, the estimated cost of tuition for a first-year student is more than $25,000 for a single year. Thirty-two percent of students report neglecting their studies to focus on making money to pay for their education. And for many, the cost for an education doesn’t end as an undergraduate student. More than 80 percent of the Class of 2017 self-reported that they had plans to go on to professional school (studying pharmacy, optometry and medicine) or for their master’s or PhD degree.

To ensure students are able to succeed academically, for Day of Giving 2019, the college is raising funds for undergraduate student scholarships.

We are committed to helping our students pursue their passions and career goals, including increasing access and affordability to our programs. Your gift will support funding for tuition, books, room and board and laboratory fees. Just $10 a month can pay for a student’s books and lab fees for a semester.

But a scholarship does more than just give students access to a quality education. It opens doors. It gives them the freedom to pursue their dreams and make a difference in the world. Learn how scholarships have impacted our current undergraduate students:

Brittany Shook

Brittany Shook, Senior Dual BSPS and Neuroscience Student

Growing up in Gahanna, Ohio, Shook wasn't interested in becoming an Ohio State Buckeye. That all changed once she visited the campus and discovered the College of Pharmacy's BSPS program. 

"After visiting a couple of times and talking with current students and academic advisors, I could see how unique this program was," Shook said. "This program allows you to chart your own path and grow into your own person."

As an incoming freshman, Shook was selected as one of five students to be a Choose Ohio First Scholar. The initiative allocated more than $16 million in aid for students enrolled in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) fields. Unfortunately, due to lack of funding, the program ended in 2018.

With her scholarship, Shook was able to make Ohio State her home, having the opportunity to focus on both academics and extracurricular activities, rather than working to pay for her degree. During her undergraduate experience, she has been able to develop life-long friendships and mentorships with students and faculty members across campus. It also provided her the ability to pursue her dreams without student debt.

"The stability my scholarship provided me during my undergrad experience is invaluable," Shook said. "Because of my scholarship and the difference it's made in my life, I'll be able to make a difference in the lives of others."

Evan Kania

Evan Kania, Senior BSPS student in the Drug Discovery Pathway

Kania was drawn to Ohio State’s College of Pharmacy because of the Drug Discovery Pathway in the BSPS program. Designed for students intending to pursue a research-based graduate program or career in the pharmaceutical industry, this pathway allows students to engage in research experiences at the college and across campus, putting them one step ahead of fellow future scientists.

“In this program, even from the beginning, I’ve been able to gain advanced lab experience, exposure to the latest technology and have collaborated with accomplished research mentors,” he said.

As a junior, Kania received the Patrick and Jane O’Neill Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship is provided to an undergraduate student pursuing a BSPS degree, who is interested in obtaining a graduate research degree. With the scholarship, Kania was able to take the fall semester off from working a side job. In his extra time, Kania authored his first manuscript, focused on developing his thesis and was able to apply for competitive graduate programs across the nation.

“Without my scholarship, I wouldn’t have been able to do all of the incredible things I accomplished last semester. The O’Neill’s have allowed me to focus on my future and are leaving a legacy with all the young scientists they have helped. I can’t say thank you enough.”

Now is the time. Help support our undergraduate students and change the face of healthcare. Make your gift today.