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Financial Assistance Available through the College of Pharmacy
Students who have completed the first year of the professional curriculum may apply for scholarships and loans offered through the College of Pharmacy. Eligibility information and application forms are available at http://www.utexas/edu/pharmacy/students/finaid/scholarships.html and in the Office of Student Affairs, Pharmacy Building 5.112.
Endowed Presidential Scholarships
To be eligible to receive an Endowed Presidential Scholarship, students must meet the college's eligibility requirements and must have maintained a 3.00 grade point average in required pharmacy courses. Students must also show evidence of active involvement in extracurriculur activities. The minimum Endowed Presidential Scholarship is $2,000.
Other Endowed Scholarships
To be eligible to receive an endowed scholarship, the student must meet the college's eligibility requirements. For some awards, students must meed additional criteria. The minimum endowed scholarship is $1,000.
Pharmaceutical Foundation scholarships are funded by various pharmacy associations, auxiliaries, individuals, employers, and organizations. These scholarships are awarded as they become available, through The University of Texas Pharmaceutical Foundation and at the direction of the Financial Aid Committee.
The Klinck Family Loan Funds. These loan funds were established by the Klinck family of McAllen, Texas, to benefit students in need of financial assistance. Long-term loans of up to $1,000 are available to pharmacy students who demonstrate financial need. Emergency loans, for a maximum of $500, are also available; they are normally repayable within ninety days. Students may apply for more than one loan, but except in unusual circumstances the loans will total no more than $2,000. The interest rate for these loans is 6 percent; repayment for long-term loans begins three months after the student's graduation from pharmacy school. Monthly payments of at least $100 are required, and the maximum payment period is eighteen months. Additional information is available in the Office of Student Affairs, Pharmacy Building 5.112.
American Pharmaceutical Association Academy of Students of Pharmacy. In December, 1951, the Longhorn Pharmaceutical Association was organized as an association jointly representing the student branches of the American Pharmaceutical Association and the Texas Pharmaceutical Association. Renamed in 1998, the association sponsors service projects and social events and serves to develop professionalism in pharmacy students.
Asian Pharmacy Students Association. The mission of the Asian Pharmacy Students Association, established at the University in 1999, is to promote unity among pharmacy students who have common interests, values, and backgrounds, in order to help them achieve educational, professional, and personal excellence.
Kappa Epsilon. Kappa Epsilon is a national professional fraternity established to promote careers for women in pharmacy. Xi chapter, established in 1943, is one of the largest of the forty-four chapters nationwide. Xi chapter sponsors service and professional projects, including a city-wide Poison Prevention program in elementary schools each February, as well as social events and other extracurricular activities. The chapter awards one scholarship annually to a deserving student.
Mexican American Association of Pharmacy Students. The primary goals of the Mexican American Association of Pharmacy Students are to assist in the recruitment and retention of qualified students in the College of Pharmacy, to provide health care education to the community, and to maintain open communication channels between students and the college. Membership is open to prepharmacy and professional students.
Pharmaceutical Association of Compounding. This organization was established at the University in 1992. PAC's goal is to develop and foster a strong interest in the science and art of compounding. The organization sponsors guest speakers from all areas of pharmacy practice. Membership is open to prepharmacy and pharmacy students.
Pharmacy Council. The Pharmacy Council is composed of officers of the recognized student organizations in the College of Pharmacy and elected student representatives from each of the professional pharmacy classes. The president of the council is also a member of the University Cabinet of College Councils. Acting as liaison between the student body and the dean, the Pharmacy Council works to ensure the equitable consideration of student concerns and problems. The council sponsors orientation programs for new pharmacy students, Parents' Day programs, and events that promote student-faculty interaction.
Phi Delta Chi. Lambda chapter of Phi Delta Chi, established at the University in 1905, was reactivated in 1956. Phi Delta Chi is a professional pharmaceutical fraternity of national standing. Membership is open to qualified professional students who are interested in promoting leadership, scholarship, and professional ethics in the field of pharmacy.
Phi Lambda Sigma. Psi chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma, the national pharmacy leadership society, was established at the University in 1989. Students selected for membership must be of high moral and ethical character, must have demonstrated dedication, service, and leadership in the advancement of pharmacy, must have completed at least ninety semester hours of scholastic work, and must be in good academic standing as defined by the College of Pharmacy.
Rho Chi. Nu chapter of Rho Chi, national pharmaceutical honor society, was established at the University in 1930. Charters for chapters of this organization are granted only to groups in colleges that are members in good standing of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Eligibility for membership in the society is based on scholarship, character, personality, and leadership. Students selected for membership must have a pharmacy grade point average of at least 3.20, must be in the top 20 percent of their class, and must have completed semester six of the pharmacy curriculum. All candidates must be approved by the dean of the College of Pharmacy.
UT Chapter, National Community Pharmacists Association. NCPA is a national professional organization representing the interests of independent community pharmacy. The student chapter sponsors projects and events designed to foster the entrepreneurial spirit among future practitioners. The national association has a loan program available to student members, as well as several competitive scholarships and research grants.
UT Chapter, National Pharmaceutical Association. The purpose of the SNPhA is to plan, organize, coordinate, and execute programs geared toward the improvement of the health, educational, and social environment of the minority community.
University of Texas Student Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists. The student chapter of the Texas Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists is an organization for students interested in institutional pharmacy practice. An affiliate of the American and Texas Societies of Health-Systems Pharmacists, the organization considers a wide range of topics of interest to health professionals and encourages the broadest possible educational introduction to institutional pharmacy and pharmaceutical care. This introduction includes presentation of programs and seminars, tours of pharmacy practice sites, and distribution of literature. The chapter publicizes job openings in hospital pharmacies across the state.
Longhorn Prepharmacy Association. LPPA is the prepharmacy student organization analogous to the American Pharmaceutical Association Academy of Students of Pharmacy for professional students. The chief objectives are to function as a small community of students within a large institution; to provide current information on the preprofessional and professional curricula; and to provide information about the pharmacy profession.
The College of Pharmacy, under the supervision of the assistant dean for experiential and professional affairs, conducts a Placement Conference for graduating seniors. The conference gives seniors an opportunity to be interviewed for professional practice positions with major employers of pharmacists in Texas and throughout the nation. A career workshop to prepare students for interviews is held prior to the Placement Conference as a part of Senior Conference Day. A college-wide Career Day each spring, featuring displays by major employers, allows students to interact with numerous employers of pharmacists.
A limited number of competitive summer internships both in and outside of Texas is available by application only. Information is available in the Office of Student Affairs, Pharmacy Building 5.112, or from individual faculty members.
As a complement to the assistance available from the college, the University Career Center provides comprehensive career services to all students. The center offers professional assistance to students in choosing or changing their majors or careers, seeking an internship, and planning for a job search or for graduate study.
Graduate programs leading to the Master of Science in Pharmacy and the Doctor of Philosophy are offered through the Graduate School and described in The Graduate Catalog. The graduate student may specialize in medicinal and natural products chemistry, pharmacology and toxicology, pharmaceutics, pharmacotherapy, hospital pharmacy administration, health care administration, pharmacoeconomics, or pharmacy administration. Faculty members in each area work closely with students and engage in research in such fields as drug synthesis, pharmacokinetics, drug mechanisms and toxicity, and clinical research.
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