August 20, 2015
AmerisourceBergen’s Good Neighbor Pharmacy Scholarships Support Students Pursuing Careers in Healthcare
Good Neighbor Pharmacy, a national independent pharmacy network, has awarded college scholarships to seven high school seniors looking to enter the healthcare industry. The scholarships were granted in conjunction with the recipients’ local Good Neighbor Pharmacy, with twenty-eight pharmacies from Virginia and sixteen from North Carolina participating in the program.
“Good Neighbor Pharmacy is proud to foster the next generation of pharmacists and healthcare leaders through our scholarship program in North Carolina and Virginia,” said Dave Neu, President, Good Neighbor Pharmacy at AmerisourceBergen. “Independent pharmacists play a critical role in their local communities by fostering wellness and shaping healthcare delivery. This scholarship program gives them another outlet to support their communities by assisting outstanding students in their higher education. It is our hope that these scholarship recipients will use their education to contribute to the healthcare field and perhaps even become independent pharmacists themselves.”
The 2015 Good Neighbor Pharmacy Scholarship winners and sponsors are:
- $5,000: Allison Burns – Hanover H.S., Mechanicsville, Va. (Colonial Pharmacy)
- $2,500: Mitchell Kreisel – Currituck County H.S., Barco, N.C. (Good Neighbor Pharmacy)
- $1,000: Grant Kiser – Harrisonburg H.S., Harrisonburg, Va. (Fishersville Family Pharmacy)
- $1,000: Katherine Quigley – Stuarts Draft H.S., Stuarts Draft, Va. (Stuarts Draft Family Pharmacy)
- $1,000: Kaleigh Smith – Nelson County H.S., Lovingston, Va. (Stoney Creek Pharmacy)
- $1,000: Charles Strimel – Nelson County H.S., Lovingston, Va. (Stoney Creek Pharmacy)
- $1,000: Gibson Barker – Eastern Alamance H.S., Mebane, N.C. (Haw River Discount Drug)
The 2015 winners were selected from a total of 287 applicants, a nearly 200% increase from the 2014 applicant pool. In addition to listing academic and extracurricular achievements, applicants were asked to write an essay on “Improving the Health of My Community.” Applications were reviewed by the Good Neighbor Scholarship Committee.
Virginia independent pharmacies began their scholarship program more than 25 years ago and have given away over $200,000 to deserving students. North Carolina independent pharmacies began offering scholarships six years ago and have awarded over $25,000.
AmerisourceBergen is one of the largest global pharmaceutical sourcing and distribution services companies, helping both healthcare providers and pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturers improve patient access to products and enhance patient care. With services ranging from drug distribution and niche premium logistics to reimbursement and pharmaceutical consulting services, AmerisourceBergen delivers innovative programs and solutions across the pharmaceutical supply channel in human medicine and animal health. With over $120 billion in annual revenue, AmerisourceBergen is headquartered in Valley Forge, PA, and employs approximately 16,000 people. AmerisourceBergen is ranked #16 on the Fortune 500 list. For more information, go to www.amerisourcebergen.com.