Scholarship Awards Dinner Honors Students and Donors
More than 200 scholarships totaling $401,756 were awarded to 175 students at the College’s annual Scholarship Awards Dinner on Sept. 12, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Clayton.
Fifth-year student and Student Body Union President Carey Unthank and sixth-year student Alyssa Griepentrog-Thompson spoke at the event. Unthank noted the positive lifelong impact the scholarships will have on the students receiving them and the patients they care for as future pharmacists. Griepentrog-Thompson talked about how the scholarships she received will help her fulfill her dream of becoming a pharmacist.
Unthank received the Far Southern Illinois Pharmacists Association Scholarship, and Griepentrog-Thompson was awarded the prestigious STLCOP Faculty and Staff Scholarship, as well as the Helen L. and Phillip Kraft Scholarship.
The event also featured an address by donor Mike Pruett ’81 in which he talked about the promising and unpredictable career paths a Doctor of Pharmacy degree can lead to. College President John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, and Nicole Gattas, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice and chair of the Scholarship Awards Committee, also gave speeches.
Hundreds of faculty, staff, alumni, and donors attended the dinner.
Remarks by Tricia Berry ‘94/’95, Pharm.D., interim senior associate dean of pharmacy, professor of pharmacy practice, director of experiential programs, and assistant dean of pharmacy practice, closed the ceremony.
“Scholarships are one of the greatest gifts students can receive,” Unthank said. “It gives them the ability to continue chasing their dream of a quality education that will provide them with benefits for the rest of their lives. Without the scholarships, many students would not be able to continue to pursue their dream."