Hearst Foundation Awards Grant to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to support diversity recruitment

Hearst Foundation Awards Grant to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to support diversity recruitment

October 25, 2021

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation awarded a $ 125,000 grant to St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (CPHS) to establish the William Randolph Hearst Expendable Scholarship Fund to benefit prospective and current students who are historically underrepresented. The funding includes at least 25 partial scholarships for graduated and / or deserving minority students enrolled in the College.

Although the Hearst Scholarship benefits students regardless of specialization, it has a particularly significant impact on Doctor of Pharmacy students, who are not eligible for state or university financial aid once they begin their fifth year of this six-year program. Scholarship support covers tuition and related fees, and access to industry-specific programming.

“Trends indicate a shortage of diverse healthcare professionals and biomedical researchers,” noted Rev. Brian J. Shanley, OP, President of St. John’s.

“True to St. John’s mission to provide an opportunity to those who need it most, and where it might not otherwise exist, there has never been such a great need for the College to raise scholarship funds to help recruit and retain talented but underrepresented students. “

“Scholarship support is critical to reducing the financial burden of a college education and helps enable students to pursue their dreams,” said Russell J. DiGate, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. “It is extremely urgent for those students who continue to face financial hardship in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and will serve as an important recruiting tool for the College.”

Building on a commitment to cultural diversity and benefiting from the University’s metropolitan location, the College is committed to educating students to become effective leaders, good citizens, and moral and ethical individuals. Students are equipped with the education, training, and support they need to meet the present and future needs that professionals encounter such as pharmacists, medical assistants, clinical laboratory scientists, toxicologists, radiology technicians, and biomedical researchers.

“Hearst Foundations are the gold standard of fundamental support as they identify and fund outstanding nonprofits to ensure that people of all backgrounds in the United States have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and inspiring lives,” noted Christian P. Vaupel, Ed .D., Vice President of Advancement and University Relations.

Approximately 2,100 students are enrolled in the CPHS, which is accredited for pharmacy and health science programs. The College awards approximately 360 undergraduate and entry-level degrees, including nearly 250 Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Degrees and approximately 50 undergraduate degrees each year.

Among the Pharm.D. graduates, more than 90% gain employment in the field within six months of graduation, and about 10% undergo postgraduate training, such as residencies, scholarships, or masters programs. The College is affiliated with over 350 teaching sites, over 1,180 preceptors and Grade C alumni at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC Health + Hospitals and NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, which creates access to extensive scientific and interprofessional collaborations.

Nearly 60% of CPHS students are people of color, 44% are eligible for Pell Grants, 22% are the first in the family to go to college, and 10% are bilingual. Approximately 15% of CPHS undergraduate and graduate students are Black / African American and / or Hispanic / Latino. The student retention rate across the College is 90% and 81% among minority students.

The influx of new scholarships will allow students to consider unique immersion programs nationally and internationally. This will give them the opportunity to help deliver health services to the poor and disadvantaged, recognizing that service to others is a transformative part of the St. John’s learning experience.

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