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Students will receive $63,500 in scholarships for academics, leadership, extracurricular accomplishments and interest in independent community pharmacy

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (August 7, 2008) - The NCPA Foundation has announced the recipients of 31 pharmacy student scholarships to be awarded for the 2008-2009 academic year. The scholarships, totaling $63,500 will be awarded during the National Community Pharmacist Association's 110th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition held October 11-15 in Tampa, Florida. In addition to the scholarship amount, students will also be given funding to help defray the cost of their expenses to attend the convention and the NCPA Foundation Awards Ceremony where they will be recognized for their achievement.

"We are proud to recognize and support this year's student achievers. These future pharmacists are exemplary leaders among their peers and pharmacists. We are pleased to add them to our honor roll of scholarship alumni," said Sharlea Leatherwood, P.D., NCPA Foundation President.

Cassandra Shields, from University of Missouri, was named the 2008 recipient of the Willard B. Simmons Sr. Memorial Scholarship and will receive $2,500. Simmons was executive secretary of the National Association of Retail Druggists (NARD), now NCPA, from 1961 to 1976. The Simmons Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student who has demonstrated exemplary interest in pharmacy management.

Todd (Joey) Mattingly, from University of Kentucky was named the 2008 recipient of the J.C. and Rheba Cobb Memorial Scholarship and also will receive $2,500. This award is presented for exemplary interest in civic and government affairs, in honor of former NARD president and long-time NCPA Foundation board member J.C. Cobb and his wife, Rheba, of Tishomingo, Oklahoma.

Ellen Smith from University of Washington is the first recipient of the new Neil Pruitt Sr. Memorial Scholarship and will receive $2500. The award is named in honor of Neil Pruitt, Sr., a pillar of the independent pharmacy community, who was killed in a tragic car accident in 2003. Pruitt served as president of NCPA, then NARD, in 1981-1982 and was a Trustee on the NCPA Foundation. Pruitt grew his company, United Health Services, from a single independent pharmacy in northeast Georgia into a multifaceted health care organization with operations in several southeastern states. The Neil Pruitt Sr. Memorial Scholarship will be awarded based on leadership, academic achievement and a demonstrated interest in entrepreneurism.

The NCPA Foundation also awarded its 2008 Presidential Scholarships to 18 outstanding pharmacy students. Each recipient will receive $2,000. The scholarship winners are selected on the basis of academic achievement, leadership qualities, interest in independent community pharmacy, and extracurricular accomplishments. The Presidential Scholarship program is made possible through corporate supporters. The 2008 sponsors are AstraZeneca, Covidien Mallinckrodt, Lilly, Forest Pharmaceuticals, McQueary Bros., PCCA, Pharmacists Mutual Insurance, Pharmacy First, Proctor & Gamble, Teva and Watson.

Presidential Scholarship
Saadia Ali, University of Texas - Austin
Amelia Arnold, University of Connecticut
Joelle Babatsky, Wilkes University
Danielle Bailey, University of Texas
Joy Cunningham, University of Cincinnati
Jason Doss, Washington State University
Kevin Florence, University of Georgia
Abby Frye, University of Washington
Christy Garmon, Samford University
Kylee Kern, University of Wyoming
Tyson Mullen, University of Kansas
Fallon Ojong, Rutgers University
Courtney Rappold, West Virginia University
Melissa Rufenacht, University of Kansas
Brittany Shakespear, University of Utah
Nicole Shirah, University of Georgia
Jennifer Waitzman, Ohio Northern University
David Zimmerman, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

In addition, the NCPA Foundation awarded its 2008 Partners in Pharmacy Scholarships to 10 pharmacy students. Each winner receives $2,000 scholarships and funds to help offset the travel expenses to convention. Named for the Partners in Pharmacy (PIP), an auxiliary supporting organization initially started in 1915 by the wives of NCPA (then NARD) pharmacist members, the scholarship recognizes academic achievement, community service, and a demonstrated interest in independent community pharmacy.

Partners in Pharmacy Scholarship
Eric Gourley, University of Kansas
Charles Hartig, Drake University
Lisa Hernandez, University of the Pacific
Daniela Jenkins, Washington State University
Jessica McNeil, Shenandoah University
Megan Milne, University of Utah
Yousuf Rahyab, University of Southern California
Emily Schulze, University of Washington
Jacinda Telles, Western University
Andrew Yancey, Washington State University

The NCPA Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1953 to honor former NARD Executive Secretary John W. Dargavel. Contributions to the NCPA Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted under federal tax law. The Foundation supports the growth and advancement of independent community pharmacy through low-interest educational loans and scholarships to pharmacy students in need, critical research and programs to improve the success of independent pharmacy, and financial assistance to community pharmacy owners for their recovery in the event of disaster, accidents, illness, or adverse circumstances. For more information or to make a donation, visit

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) represents the nation's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 pharmacies. The nation's independent pharmacies, independent pharmacy franchises, and independent chains represent an $84 billion marketplace, employ over 300,000 employees and dispense nearly half of the nation's retail prescription medicines. To learn more go to


Valerie Briggs
Director, External Communications and Marketing Outreach
National Community Pharmacists Association
100 Daingerfield Road
Alexandria, VA 22314