Scholarships, Grants, and Loans

There are many types of financial assistance for ACPHS students enrolled on a full-time basis. Below is a list of scholarship and grant programs available from the federal government, New York State, and through the College itself.

To be eligible for these scholarship and grants, students are required to file the FAFSA each year within the priority deadlines.

Federal Scholarships and Grants

Federal Pell Grants. Students may apply for the federal Pell grant by filing the FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA. Federal Pell grants are available to students who qualify, based upon need as determined by the federal methodology formula. The federal processor will provide a Student Aid Report to the student after filing the FAFSA. The Office of Financial Aid must receive an Institutional Student Information Record for processing of the Pell grant payment. Awards range from $550 to $5,645 per year for full-time enrollment, contingent upon congressional approval of funds and the expenses at the College. To qualify, students must maintain satisfactory progress toward their first undergraduate degree.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. Awards may range from $350 to $1,600 per year for Pell-eligible students. Funds are extremely limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to students with greatest need. Students filing the FAFSA are automatically considered for this grant, based on an analysis of financial need.

Veterans Administration Educational Benefits. Chapters 30, 32, 35 and 1606 of the U.S. Code established federal rules and regulations for educational benefits for veterans and their dependents. The benefits are administered as monthly stipends by the Veterans Administration. Veterans also may receive contributory benefits if they choose to participate in this program during their service in the military. Applications and information are available at the local Veterans Administration offices and the Department of Veterans Affairs web site.

Bureau of Indian Affairs Scholarships. Eligibility is restricted to students with financial need who are at least one-fourth American Indian, Eskimo or Aluet and are enrolled members of a tribe, band or group recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office. Application must be made each year through the NY Liaison Office, Federal Building, Room 523, South Clinton Street, Syracuse, NY 13202. In addition, first-time applicants must obtain tribal certification from the bureau agency or tribal office that records the enrollment for the tribe.

Federal Loan Programs

The U.S. Department of Education offers Direct Loans which have low interest rates, and, when used with discretion, provide an affordable option to meet the cost of a quality education. 

Students will complete the Direct Loan E-MPN during the first year of attendance. Annual eligibility for Direct Loans will be communicated on the student’s financial aid award letter. Students must accept their loans online or sign and return a paper financial aid award letter to the Office of Financial Aid each year in order to accept or decline Direct Loan funds. Transfer students or students with prior loan history will be required to complete a new Direct Loan E-MPN in order to borrow at ACPHS. Parents will complete the PLUS E-MPN during the student’s first year of attendance. Students and parents without internet access may complete a paper MPN available in the Office of Financial Aid.

Direct Loans and PLUS E-MPN forms must be completed by June 1, 2014, to ensure payment for fall semester expenses. All federal loans are certified for a full academic year (two semesters). Federal loans are disbursed in payments, with approximately one-half of the total loan amount disbursed each semester.

Federal Direct Subsidized Loan. The Federal Direct Subsidized Loan is available to students with financial need. Repayment of the loan begins six months after the student graduates, withdraws or drops to less than half-time attendance. The interest is subsidized (paid) by the federal government during in-school periods and during the six-month grace period. Direct Subsidized Loans for all students with a first disbursement date on or after July 1, 2013 have an interest rate of 3.86%.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. The same terms and conditions as Subsidized loans apply, except that the borrower is responsible for the interest that accrues while in school. Undergraduate Direct Unsubsidized Loans with a first disbursement date on or after July 1, 2013 have an interest rate of 3.86%. Graduate Direct Unsubsidized Loans with a first disbursement date on or after July 1, 2013 have an interest rate of 5.41%. The following are the annual and aggregate loan limits for the dependent students, graduate students and professional students borrowing under the Subsidized and Unsubsidized federal Direct Loan programs. The annual loan limits for students enrolled in a program less than one year in length are pro-rated. Two summer semesters will be included in determining Stafford loan eligibility.

Annual Loan Limits for Full Time Students - Total Subsidized and Unsubsidized

  • First Year - $5,500
  • Second Year - $6,500
  • Third and Fourth Year - $7,500
  • Graduate (M.S.) Students - $20,500
  • Professionals (P3 & P4 Pharm.D.) - $33,000 

Aggregate Loan Limits - Total Subsidized and Unsubsidized

  • Undergraduates - $31,000
  • Graduates and Professionals - $138,500

Federal Direct PLUS Loans for Parents. This program allows parents of dependent students to borrow funds to assist in meeting the college cost. This program is limited to parents with no adverse credit history. The current interest rate is 6.41% and is charged from the date of the first disbursement until the loan is paid in full. The parent will pay an origination fee of 4.2% of the loan amount, deducted proportionately each time a loan disbursement is made. The repayment period for a Direct PLUS Loan begins once the loan is fully disbursed, and the first payment is due within 60 days after the final disbursement. Please note, for Direct PLUS Loans with a first disbursement date on or after July 1, 2008, the parent borrower may defer repayment while the student on whose behalf the parent borrowed the loan is enrolled on at least a half-time basis, and for an additional six months after the student ceases to be enrolled at least half-time or graduates.

Federal Direct PLUS Loans for Graduate and Professional Students. This program allows graduate and professional students to borrow funds to assist in meeting the college costs. This program is limited to students with no adverse credit history. Graduate PLUS Loans with a first disbursement date on or after July 1, 2013 have an interest rate of 6.41%. The student will pay an origination fee of 4.2% of the loan amount, deducted proportionately each time a loan disbursement is made.

Graduate Plus Loan - Graduate Students

  • Annual Loan Limit - Cost of attendance per student less other aid
  • Aggregate Loan Limit - Cost of attendance per student less other aid
  • Interest Rate - 7.9% fixed rate on loans for which the first disbursement is made on or after July 1, 2010
  • Origination/Reinsurance Fees - 4% origination fee

Federal Consolidation Loan. For students who have graduated and want to combine their debt into one lower payment.

Loan Consolidation Repayment Options:

  1. Standard Repayment Plan
  2. Extended Repayment Plan
  3. Graduated Repayment Plan
  4. Income Contingent Repayment Plan
  5. Income Based Repayment Plan

Federal Health Professions Student Loans (HPSL). The HPSL program is offered by the College to those pharmacy students demonstrating financial need through an analysis of the FAFSA. Income and resources of student, spouse and parent(s) must be considered, regardless of the dependency status of a student. The maximum loan is $2,500 plus tuition, not to exceed total costs less all resources. This loan carries a 5 percent interest rate, which does not accrue until 12 months after graduation or termination of studies. Funds are extremely limited. Please read the HPSL disclosure information.

Federal Perkins Loans. Loans are limited by the amount of federal funding allocated to the College. Eligibility is based upon financial need. This loan carries a 5 percent interest rate, which does not accrue until nine months after graduation or termination of studies. Students awarded a Perkins loan will complete a Master Promissory Note with the College. Funds are extremely limited. Please read the Perkins Loan disclosure information.

Federal Work Study Program. The program is funded through federal and College funds. Students must exhibit financial need in order to qualify for the program. Students may seek a work-study position on campus or at an approved off-campus site. This program allows students to work and earn money for their educational expenses. Students working in positions on-campus are paid $8.60 per hour and generally work 3-6 hours per week during the academic year. Students may work up to a maximum of 20 hours per week in extraordinary cases, with permission from the vice president of enrollment management. Students working in the America Reads/Counts Federal Work Study program provide reading and math tutoring to pre-school and elementary school children at off-campus locations. America Reads/Counts tutors are paid $14.00 per hour and generally work 2-4 hours per week. Students must interview and attend training as part of this program.

New York State Scholarships and Grants

The Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) administers the New York State programs of financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students. Information regarding these programs follows. Questions concerning any of the programs described below may be addressed by contacting the Office of Financial Aid.

Eligibility. In order to receive payment under New York State financial assistance programs, you must:

  1. Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen
  2. Be a legal resident of New York State
  3. Study full-time (at least 12 credits per semester) at an approved post secondary (beyond high school) institution in New York State. In some circumstances, the credits for repeating a course in which you already have received a passing grade may not be included in the determination of full-time enrollment for state student financial aid purposes. If the student is disabled and as a result cannot attend full-time, he or she may be eligible. Contact the Office of Financial Aid with any questions.
  4. Meet the income requirement. “Income” for Tuition Assistance Program means the taxable income of the student, spouse and/or parent( s) as reported on New York State income tax returns. NYS taxable income is calculated on the tax form after personal exemptions and deductions have been subtracted. The incomes of student, parent(s) and the student’s spouse are added together to obtain the total NYS taxable income.
  5. Be registered as a matriculated student. A matriculated student has applied for, been accepted as and is registered as a candidate for a degree, diploma or certificate.
  6. If a first-year student, not have been previously enrolled and maintain good academic standing. The regulations of the commissioner of education provide that good academic standing consists of two elements:
    1. Pursuit of program: a requirement that the student complete a certain percentage of credits each term. (See Table 2 below).
    2. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP): a requirement that the student earn a specified number of credits and achieve a specified cumulative grade-point average each term (see SAP Policy).
  7. Be free of debt from a defaulted guaranteed student loan. If the student previously has defaulted on a guaranteed student loan, he or she may re-establish eligibility for state financial aid through the Renewed Eligibility for Financial Aid program. Contact the Loans Division of HESC at (888) NYS-HESC for information regarding the REFAprogram.

Table 2: Pursuit of Program Requirement for New York State Awards
In order to receive New York State awards, a student is required to receive a passing or failing grade (A-F letter grade) in a certain percentage of courses each term, depending upon the number of state award payments that a student has received. The percentage is determined according to the following schedule:

  • 1 or 2 payments must receive a grade for 50% of minimum full-time requirement (6 credit hours each semester)
  • 3 or 4 paments must receive a grade for 75% of minimum full-time requirement (9 credit hours each semester)
  • 5 or more payments must receive a grade for 100% (12 credit hours each semester)

New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). In the 2012-13 year, TAP provided a tuition award from $500 to $5,000 per year. The award schedules are determined by the State Legislature during the annual state budget process. The award is based upon the total of the NYS taxable income reported for the student, spouse and parent(s) on the NYS tax forms. The TAP award is not a loan and does not have to be repaid. To receive a TAP award as an undergraduate student, the total of the NYS taxable incomes of the student, spouse and parent(s) could not exceed $80,000. To receive a TAP award as a graduate student, the total of the NYS taxable incomes of the student, spouse and parent(s) could not exceed $20,000.

TAP Application Procedures. The student must file the FAFSA by May 1, 2015, in order to receive a TAP award for the 2014-15 year. HESC will use information provided on the FAFSA to generate a TAP award. ACPHS’s undergraduate TAP code is 0995. This code should be reported for the first four years of study in the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program or all years of study in the bachelor’s degree programs.

Student files the FAFSA online ... Student will link to the online TAP application at the end of the FAFSA session. Student must establish a PIN (Personal Identification Number) for TAP. After establishing the PIN, the student may complete the TAP application online. Information from the FAFSA and the family's calculated NYS net taxable income will be pre-filled on the TAP-on-the-Web application. If the student has received TAP in a prior year, HESC may determine the TAP award and notify the student with only the FAFSA data.

Student files the paper FAFSA ... HESC will contact the student by post card or e-mail approximately three weeks after the student submits the paper FAFSA to the federal processor. At that time, the student may go to HESC, establish a PIN and complete the TAP application online. Information from the FAFSA and the family's calculated NYS net taxable income will be pre-filled on the TAP-on-the-Web application.If the student chooses not to apply online, HESC will mail an Express TAP Application (ETA) to the student. Information from the FAFSA and the family's calculated NYS net taxable income will be preprinted on the ETA. The student must submit the ETA directly to HESC.

Memorial Scholarships. These scholarships are available for students who are a financial dependent of, or who have a parent or spouse who was a firefighter, volunteer firefighter, police officer, peace officer or emergency medical service worker who died as the result of injuries sustained in the line of duty in service to the State of New York. These scholarships provide funds to meet the costs of attending college. Memorial Scholarship awards are based on allowances for tuition and non-tuition costs, which include room and board, books, supplies, mandatory fees and transportation. The tuition allowance is equal to the undergraduate tuition costs at the State University of New York or actual tuition, whichever is less. The Memorial Scholarship award is available for four years of full-time undergraduate study (or for five years in an approved five-year bachelor’s degree program). The student must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program in order to qualify. The student must establish eligibility by submitting a Memorial Scholarship Supplement, which is available from HESC. Once eligibility has been established, the student must submit an application for payment by May 1 of the academic year for which payment of the scholarship is sought.

New York State Aid to Native Americans. Specific eligibility criteria and information can be requested by contacting the Native American Education Unit, NYS Education Department, Room 374 EBA, Albany, NY 12234, (518) 474-0537. Enrolled members of a New York State tribe and their children who are attending or planning to attend a college in New York State, who are New York State residents, may be eligible. Awards for full-time students are up to $2,000 annually, $1,000 per semester. Part time awards are approximately $85 per credit hour. Applications must be postmarked by July 15 for the fall semester, December 31 for the spring semester and May 20 for summer sessions. Students must apply for each semester.

Child of Veteran Awards. These awards provide $450 annually for students whose parent(s) served in the U.S. Armed Forces during specified periods of war or national emergency and, as a result of service, died, suffered a 40 percent or more disability or were classified as missing in action or prisoner of war. The veteran must currently be a New York State resident or have been a New York State resident at the time of death, if death occurred during or as a result of service. The periods of service included are the Vietnam/Indochina era, the Korean conflict,World War I,World War II, the Persian Gulf and the Merchant Seamen. Students whose parent(s) have been a recipient of the Armed Forces, Navy or Marine Corps expeditionary medal for participation in operations in Lebanon may qualify. In addition, students born with spina bifida whose parent(s) are Vietnam Veterans who served in the U.S.Ar med Forces in Indochina between December 22, 1961, and May 7, 1975, also may qualify. Students initially must establish eligibility by submitting a Child of Veteran Award Supplement Form with the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation BEFORE applying for payment. Applications must be filed before May 1 of the academic year.

World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship. This award is available to children, spouses and financial dependents of deceased or severely and permanently disabled victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. This includes victims at the World Trade Center site or Pentagon, or on flights 11, 77, 93 or 175, and survivors of the terrorist attacks who severely and permanently are disabled as a result of injuries sustained in the attacks or rescue and recovery operations. This award will be an amount equal to State University of New York four-year college tuition and average mandatory educational fees (or the student’s actual tuition and fees, whichever is less) and allowances for room and board, books, supplies and transportation. Students must submit the New York State World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship Application to HESC. In all cases, the total of all aid received by the recipient cannot exceed the student’s cost of attendance.

Persian Gulf Tuition Award. These awards provide financial assistance to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who served in the hostilities that occurred in the Persian Gulf from August 2, 1990, to the end of such hostilities as evidenced by receipt of the Southwest Asia Service Medal, which was awarded from August 2, 1990, to November 30, 1995. Applicants must establish eligibility by applying to HESC on or before September 1, 2008. Eligible students must be residents of New York State, have been discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces under other than dishonorable conditions, be matriculated full- or part-time, must have applied for a Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award if full-time and have applied for a federal Pell grant award for full-time or part-time undergraduate study. Full-time awards are $1,000 per semester or tuition, whichever is less. Part-time awards are $500 per semester or tuition, whichever is less, and are for students enrolled for 3-11 credit hours per semester. Students must complete a Persian Gulf Veterans Tuition Award Supplement from a veterans’ office, or by writing to HESC.

Vietnam Veterans Tuition Awards (VVTA). These awards provide financial assistance to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who served in Indochina between December 22, 1961, and May 7, 1975. Awards are available for full-time and part-time study in undergraduate degree and certain vocational training programs. Veterans are required to establish eligibility for the program by September 1, 2008. Full-time awards are $1,000 per semester or tuition, whichever is less. The applicant is required to apply for a TAP award and a Pell grant. If a TAP award is approved, the combination of TAP and VVTA cannot exceed tuition. Part-time awards are $500 per semester or tuition, whichever is less, and are for students enrolled for 3-11 credit hours (or the equivalent) per semester. The applicant is required to apply for a Pell grant. For further information, contact HESC and request a Vietnam Veterans Tuition Award Supplement form.

New York State Scholarships for Academic Excellence. These scholarships are awarded to high school seniors based upon scores obtained on certain NYS Regents exams. Awardees are required to be residents of New York State and to attend schools located within New York State. These scholarships provide $500 to $1,500 each year but may not exceed the total costs of tuition, fees, books, transportation, and room and board less the amount of any federal Pell grant the student receives or would be entitled to receive. Note: The student must complete the FAFSA in order to provide income information to enable the school to make this determination.

Merit Scholarships and Need-Based Grants

ACPHS offers the following scholarships and grants based upon established criteria. All awards are based upon full-time enrollment each semester, unless otherwise indicated. Need-based scholarships require the student to file the FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA each year by the published priority deadlines of February 1 for new students and March 1 for returning students.

Early Decision candidates seeking consideration for financial aid may submit the 2014-15 Profile Application, available from the College Scholarship Service (CSS). This application will allow the Office of Financial Aid to provide preliminary financial aid estimates to families in late December.

The Profile Application deadline is November 15. Families filling out the CSS Profile will need to estimate their 2014 income when completing this application as taxes will not be filed by the application deadline. Please note that the Profile Application has a processing fee that must be paid by the student. 

While submission of the Profile Application is optional, ALL applicants seeking federal financial aid must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA becomes available January 1, with a priority filing deadline of February 1.

Recipients must be accepted for enrollment or full-time matriculated students, maintaining standards of satisfactory academic progress. All awards are subject to adjustment due to changes in enrollment status, or receipt of other federal, state or private funds. In addition, awards will be adjusted as part of required corrections or verification of data reported on the student’s federal Student Aid Report.

The Office of Financial Aid will evaluate eligibility annually, based upon issuance of final grades for spring term. Awards will be renewed on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are expended. Awards may not be renewed to students who do not adhere to the FAFSA filing deadline of March 1. Awards will not be renewed to students with incomplete financial aid paperwork after May 1.

Presidential Scholarships, Dean’s Scholarships, Trustee Scholarships and Trustee Grants will be renewed for a maximum of 11 semesters for entering freshmen students pursuing the Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Presidential Scholarships, Dean’s Scholarships, Trustee Scholarships, Trustee Grants, Pharmaceutical Sciences Scholars Awards, Biomedical Technology Excel Awards, Health and Human Sciences Awards, and Trustee Scholarships for students in Bachelor’s Degree programs will be renewed for a maximum of seven semesters.

A student's enrollment status for determining financial aid eligibility and student loan deferment includes only courses required for degree fulfillment. Courses in which a student is enrolled that are not required for her/his degree program do not qualify for payment or student loan deferment.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Presidential Scholarships. ACPHS offers tuition scholarships to qualified entering freshmen upon admission to the College based upon superior academic achievement in high school. The Presidential Scholarship is renewed each year provided the student maintains a cumulative overall GPA of 3.2 or better. Although eligibility for this scholarship is based upon academic merit, students are encouraged to submit the FAFSA to determine eligibility for other sources of financial aid.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Dean’s Scholarships. ACPHS offers tuition scholarships to qualified entering freshmen upon admission to the College based upon honorable academic achievement in high school. The Dean’s Scholarship is renewed each year provided the student maintains an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Although this scholarship is based upon academic merit, students are encouraged to submit the FAFSA to determine eligibility for other sources of financial aid.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Merit Scholarship. ACPHS offers tuition scholarships to qualified entering freshmen upon admission to the College based upon honorable academic achievement in high school. The Merit Scholarship is renewed each year provided the student maintains an overall cumulative GPA of 2.7 or better. Although this scholarship is based upon academic merit, students are encouraged to submit the FAFSA to determine eligibility for other sources of financial aid.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Trustee Merit Scholarship. ACPHS offers tuition scholarships to qualified entering freshmen upon admission to the College based upon honorable academic achievement in high school. The Merit Scholarship is renewed each year provided the student maintains an overall cumulative GPA of 2.8 or better. Although this scholarship is based upon academic merit, students are encouraged to submit the FAFSA to determine eligibility for other sources of financial aid.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Trustee Pharmacy Scholarship. Each year the trustees of the College generously approve funding for a number of scholarships to be awarded to qualifying entering freshman on the basis of established need and academic achievement. Students must maintain a 2.3 overall cumulative GPA for continued renewal of the scholarship.  In addition students who are new to the College who enroll through the Office of Pharmacy Admissions may be awarded a scholarship on the basis of established need and academic achievement. These students need to maintain a 3.0 overall cumulative GPA for continued renewal of the scholarship Students must submit the FAFSA each year to determine eligibility for this scholarship.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Legacy Scholarships. ACPHS offers limited scholarships to qualified entering freshman who have immediate family members currently attending or are graduates of the College.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Regional Scholarships. ACPHS offers limited merit and need scholarships to qualified entering freshman who are from various regions of the country.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Valedictorian Scholarship. ACPHS offers tuition scholarships to qualified entering freshmen upon admission to the College who were ranked first in their class by their high school. The Merit Scholarship is renewed each year provided the student maintains an overall cumulative GPA of 2.7 or better. Although this scholarship is based upon academic merit, students are encouraged to submit the FAFSA to determine eligibility for other sources of financial aid.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Salutatorian Scholarship. ACPHS offers tuition scholarships to qualified entering freshmen upon admission to the College who were ranked second in their class by their high school. The Merit Scholarship is renewed each year provided the student maintains an overall cumulative GPA of 2.7 or better. Although this scholarship is based upon academic merit, students are encouraged to submit the FAFSA to determine eligibility for other sources of financial aid.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Trustee Scholarships. Each year the trustees of the College generously approve funding for a number of scholarships to be awarded on the basis of established need and academic achievement. First-year students must maintain a 2.0 overall cumulative GPA, and upper class students must maintain a 2.3 overall cumulative GPA for continued renewal of the scholarship. Students must submit the FAFSA each year to determine eligibility for this scholarship.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Trustee Grants. Each year the trustees of the College generously approve funding for a number of grants to be awarded on the basis of established need and academic achievement. Students must maintain standards of academic progress for continued renewal of the grant. Students must submit the FAFSA each year to determine eligibility for this grant. Students in the Ventures Scholars Program will be considered for this scholarship.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences New Visions Scholarship. ACPHS offers tuition scholarships to qualified entering freshmen upon admission to the College and based upon completion of the New Visions Program, offered through the Board of Cooperative Educational Services of New York State, beginning the Fall 2013. The New Visions Scholarship is renewable for up to three years provided the student maintains an overall cumulative GPA of 2.7 or better. Recipients are also encouraged to submit the FAFSA to determine eligibility for other sources of financial aid.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Biomedical Technology Excel Award. ACPHS offers merit-based scholarships to qualified entering freshmen, upon admission to the College in the bachelor’s degree programs in Biomedical Technology or Pharmaceutical Sciences, who exhibit honorable academic achievement in high school. The Biomedical Technology Excel Award is renewed for a maximum of four years, provided the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater and continued enrollment in the Biomedical Technology or Pharmaceutical Sciences programs. This award will be discontinued should the student change his/her program of study. Although this scholarship is based upon academic merit, students strongly are encouraged to complete the FAFSA each year. Intel International Science and Engineering award recipients will be considered for this award.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Pharmaceutical Sciences Scholarship. ACPHS offers merit-based scholarships to qualified entering freshmen, upon admission to the College in the bachelor’s degree program in Pharmaceutical Sciences, who exhibit honorable academic achievement in high school. The Pharmaceutical Sciences Scholarship is renewed for a maximum of four years, provided the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater and continued enrollment in Pharmaceutical Sciences program. This award will be discontinued should the student change his/her program of study. Although this scholarship is based upon academic merit, students strongly are encouraged to complete the FAFSA each year.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Health and Human Sciences Award. ACPHS offers merit-based awards to qualified entering freshmen, upon admission to the College in the bachelor's degree program in Health and Human Sciences. The Health and Human Sciences Award is offered to freshmen who exhibit honorable academic achievement in high school. This award may renewed for a maximum of four years, provided the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater and he/she maintains continuous enrollment in Health and Human Sciences program. This award will be discontinued should the student change his/her program of study. Although this award is based upon academic merit, students strongly are encouraged to complete the FAFSA each year.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Microbiology Scholarship. ACPHS offers merit-based scholarships to qualified entering freshmen, upon admission to the College in the bachelor’s degree program in Microbiology, who exhibit honorable academic achievement in high school. The Microbiology Scholarship is renewed each year, provided the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater and continued enrollment in Microbiology. This award will be discontinued should the student change his/her program of study. Although this scholarship is based upon academic merit, students strongly are encouraged to complete the FAFSA each year.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Chemistry Scholarship. ACPHS offers merit-based scholarships to qualified entering freshmen, upon admission to the College in the bachelor’s degree program in Chemistry, who exhibit honorable academic achievement in high school. The Chemistry Scholarship is renewed each year, provided the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater and continued enrollment in Chemistry. This award will be discontinued should the student change his/her program of study. Although this scholarship is based upon academic merit, students strongly are encouraged to complete the FAFSA each year.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Trustee Scholarship for Bachelor’s Degree Programs. ACPHS offers need-based scholarships to qualified entering freshmen, upon admission to the College in the bachelor’s degree programs, who exhibit honorable academic achievement in high school. The Trustee Scholarship for bachelor’s degree programs is renewed for a maximum of four years, provided the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or greater and continued enrollment in the bachelor’s degree programs. This award will be discontinued should the student change his/her program of study. Students must complete the FAFSA each year for continued renewal of the award.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Presidents’s Endowment for Excellence Scholarship. Each year the committee representing the President's Endowment for Excellence Scholarship selects one entering freshman for the scholarship. The recipient must be one of the top 10 freshmen applicants to the College for the given year. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit. The scholarship will be renewed for a maximum of six years or until the student leaves or graduates from the College. The student must maintain a 3.0 overall cumulative GPA for continued renewal of the scholarship. The recipient is encouraged to participate in the program of the annual President’s Cup Golf Tournament each summer. Renewed eligibility for the scholarship will be reviewed annually.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship. The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship is awarded to graduates of a 2 year community college, who are members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society program. The student must maintain a 2.8 overall cumulative GPA and full-time enrollment for continued renewal of the scholarship.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Freshman Technology Grant. ACPHS offers one-time, non-renewable technology grants to qualified entering freshmen who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Students must submit the FAFSA to determine eligibility for this grant.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences On-Campus Housing Grant. ACPHS offers housing grants to qualified entering freshmen who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Students must reside on-campus in dormitories owned by ACPHS for consecutive terms for continued renewal of the grant. Students must submit the FAFSA each year to determine eligibility for this grant.

Alumni and Memorial Scholarships

AAACP Memorial Scholarship. In honor of the College’s Alumni who have passed on, the Alumni Association of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences established this scholarship fund to assist current students. This scholarship is a living legacy to the 130 plus years of College history and 10,000 alumni.

Nick G. '57 and Anne Roskelly Anagnost Family Scholarship Fund. The Nick G. '57 and Anne Roskelly Anagnost Family Scholarship was established by alumnus Nick Anagnost with preference given to a student who graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School, Watkins Glen Center School or from other selected high schools within Schuyler, Chenango, Cortland, or Tompkins Counties, and Dundee Central School or Waverly Central School. This scholarship is awarded to a student in good academic standing with financial need who is enrolled in the professional years of the Doctor of Pharmacy Program. Students are required to submit an application annually to the Financial Aid Office outlining how this scholarship will impact their ability to complete the pharmacy program and continue the legacy of Anagnost family values of community service and leadership.  

Be The Change Scholarship. Presented to the College as a gift upon their graduation, the Class of 2011 established the Be the Change Scholarship to honor the work of faculty member Dr. Ray Chandrasekara. This scholarship is presented annually to a student who shows dedication to the college community through service and leadership, displays an eclectic school and life balance, and embodies selflessness and shares this attribute with others.

Bette Family Scholarship Fund. Established in 2010 by ACPHS Trustee and honorary degree recipient Michael Bette and his family, the Bette Family Scholarship Fund supports minority students who have graduated from an Albany, Troy or Schenectady City High School including public, charter, military and parochial schools. The recipient(s) must have financial need, as determined by the College.

James E. Bollinger ’58 Memorial Scholarship. Through the generosity of James’ wife Joyce and his family, friends and colleagues the James E. Bollinger ’58 Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of James’ dedication to his alma mater, including his nearly decade of service as a member of the Board of Trustees. This scholarship is awarded to a pharmacy student in their third year (first professional year) of study who are in good academic standing with the College.

Debra Bramer Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a pharmacy student who is a resident of Montgomery County, is aspiring to work or is working part-time in a retail setting and is dedicated to community service, particularly with the elderly. This award is based upon financial need.

Leigh Briscoe-Dwyer Scholarship. Established by Class of 1987 alumna Leigh Briscoe-Dwyer, this scholarship supports a student from Delaware, Broome, Chenango, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Otsego, or Schoharie counties in New York with preference given to a female student. In addition, the student should not eligible for a federal Pell grant and their expected family contribution should be less than the cost of attendance. 

Bristol-Myers Squibb Scholarship. This scholarship was established by a gift from the Bristol- Myers Squibb Company in 1994. Scholarships are granted based upon financial need and academic merit.

Burlington Drug Company Endowed Scholarship. The Burlington Drug Company Endowed Scholarship is awarded annually to outstanding first, second, third and fourth professional year students with an emphasis on students from Vermont and studying at the Vermont Campus. Students must be U.S. Citizens to be eligible, enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy program and demonstrate financial need, in accordance with established guidelines, and meet academic merit.

Capital Area Pharmaceutical Society Scholarship. Established by a gift from CAPS, this scholarship is granted to a fifth-year student who also qualifies as a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of the State of New York.

Wilma Clinton Cytotechnology Scholarship. The Wilma Clinton Cytotechnology Scholarship is awarded to a student in the Bachelors of Sciences in Cytotechnology or Masters of Science in Cytotechnology degree program and is based upon academic merit and faculty recommendation.

The Alfred J. Collins Jr. ’53/ Warner-Lambert/JC Penney Scholarship. This scholarship was established from a gift from Warner-Lambert on behalf of Alfred J. Collins Jr. ’53, chairman of the board of trustees from 1985-1993 and 1997-2003. Scholarships are granted based upon financial need and academic merit.

CVS Scholarship (Consumer Value Stores). In the 1986-87 academic year, CVS began granting scholarships to students from ACPHS. These scholarships are based upon academic merit.

Demers Family Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to first-year students who are residents of St. Lawrence, Franklin, Jefferson or Lewis counties.

H. Russell Denegar ’43 Scholarship Fund. This scholarship was established in 1996 by a gift from H. Russell Denegar and is dedicated to Mr. Denegar, an ACPHS alumnus and former associate dean of the College. Scholarships are granted based upon financial need.

The Barbara M. DiLascia ’55 Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was established in memory of Barbara M. DiLascia ’55, an ACPHS alumna. Scholarships are granted based upon financial need and academic merit.

Edward A. ’59 and Dorothy M. ’62 Fausel Scholarship. Established in 2010, the Fausel Scholarship is awarded to a pharmacy student in a professional year of study. Recipients of this scholarship should be in good academic standing with the College. Additional consideration will be given to students who have an expected family contribution, as determined by the FAFSA, which excludes them from federal grant assistance but includes them for need based federal loans.

Haggerty Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was established by Frederick Haggerty ’50 and his wife, Edna, in memory of Frederick’s parents, Kenneth and Alice Haggerty, both members of the Class of 1922. Scholarships will be awarded to pharmacy students enrolled in the professional years of study. Students must be in good academic standing, have financial need and intend to practice pharmacy upon graduation.

Hannaford Brothers Company. Scholarships are awarded to deserving students who currently work in retail and reside in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and New York.

Irving and Charlotte Helprin Endowed Scholarship Fund. Established through the generosity of Irving and Charlotte Helprin, this scholarship honors their life work and commitment to Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the community of Saratoga Springs, NY. Irving Helprin, a member of the College’s graduating class of 1928, was the owner of Helprin Brother’s Pharmacy in Saratoga Springs, NY. Mr. and Mrs. Helprin established this scholarship for a student who has graduated from the Saratoga Springs, NY City School District and attends Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Henning Scholarship. This scholarship is in memory of Walter Henning ’43 and his wife, Kathryn. This award is based on financial need and academic merit.

Kenneth G. Hunter ’25 Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to the incoming first-year student having the highest SAT score placing in the top 5 percent of his or her class. 

Albany Graduate Chapter of Kappa Psi Fraternity Scholarship. Established in 1998, this scholarship will be awarded to a member of the Kappa Psi Fraternity.

Bruce Kay ’66 Memorial Scholarship. Established by the friends and family of former ACPHS trustee Bruce Kay ’66, this scholarship is awarded annually to a student who has demonstrated financial need and academic excellence. Special preference is given to students who are interested in pursuing a career in hospital pharmacy.

Kirkpatrick Scholarship. This scholarship is in memory of Ozzie and Margaret Kirkpatrick, caretakers of ACPHS for more than 40 years. This award is based on financial need and academic merit.

Susan Nicholson Layne ’61 Scholarship. The Susan Nicholson Layne ’61 Scholarship was established to provide scholarship assistance to a female student in the fifth (P3) or sixth (P4) year of the Doctor of Pharmacy Program. The student shall be in good academic standing as determined by the college with preference given to a student who is a single parent.

Richard E. Learned Endowed Graduate Research Scholarship. Established through the generosity of Susan Learned, a 1991 alumna of ACPHS, this scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing graduate study at the College. The student must be both academically and financially deserving and intend to pursue a career in pharmacokinetics, clinical pharmacology, and/or translational research.

Legends Never Die Scholarship. Established by the graduating class of 2013 on the Vermont Campus, the Legends Never Die Scholarship was created to directly support a student who displays strong leadership qualities, fosters relationships between students and faculty, and, among other things, advocates for the profession of pharmacy. This scholarship is available to a student who has completed the first professional year of the pharmacy program on the Vermont Campus.

E. Charles Leighton ’59 Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was established by Josephine Leighton in memory of her husband E. Charles Leighton, an ACPHS alumnus. Scholarships are granted based upon financial need and academic merit.

Rita E. Leighton ’86 Scholarship Fund. This scholarship was established in honor of former board of trustees member Rita Leighton, M.D., and is awarded annually to a female basketball player. The recipient must have completed two academic years at the College, played two full seasons of basketball at ACPHS and be in good academic standing. Along with her high academic achievement, Dr. Leighton was the career scoring leader for ACPHS women’s basketball from 1986-2005.

Eli Lilly Scholarship. This scholarship was established from donations of alumni employees of Eli Lilly and Company, their matching gifts and a gift from Eli Lilly and Company. Scholarships are granted based upon financial need and academic merit.

Edward Malkonian ’34 Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a student who has demonstrated the resilience to rise above adverse circumstances by dint of hard work and tenacity. The student must have maintained a good class standing while sustaining part-time employment and diverse responsibilities. This award is based upon financial need.

Janet Doyle Maiuro ’52 Memorial Scholarship. The Janet Doyle Maiuro ’52 Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an incoming first-year student who is in good academic standing with significant financial need

Donald McAndrew ’62 Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was established by the Class of 1962 in memory of their classmate, an adjunct faculty member who died in 1994. Scholarships are granted based upon financial need and academic merit.

Harry Mikhitarian ’54 Memorial Scholarship. Created by his family in memory of former trustee Harry Mikhitarian ’54, this scholarship is awarded to a well-rounded student from the Capital Region who demonstrates financial need and a commitment to community service.

Dr. Kenneth W. Miller Scholarship. Established in 1993, scholarships are awarded in honor of Dr. Miller, president and dean of ACPHS from 1982-93. Scholarships will be awarded annually to academically qualified students pursuing the Doctor of Pharmacy degree while in the professional years (class years 3-6) with demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to Accelerated students entering the College with a bachelor’s degree.

Morrissey Scholarship. This scholarship is in memory of James J. Morrissey Jr. ’65, alumnus of ACPHS. To be eligible for this award, students must have at least two years of military service.

Varant Najarian Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship is in memory of Varant Najarian, the longtime chair of the Liberal Arts Department at ACPHS (now incorporated in the Department of Arts and Sciences) and a member of the College faculty from 1953 until his death in August 2002. The scholarship recognizes a student who has demonstrated excellence in the liberal arts portion of the curriculum.

National Association of Chain Drug Stores Scholarship. This scholarship was established by a gift in 1996 from NACDS. Scholarships are granted based upon financial need and academic merit.

David Oles ’76 Vermont Scholarship Fund. The Oles ’76 Vermont Scholarship is awarded to a pharmacy student on the Vermont Campus of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Supported through a gift from David Oles, class of 1976, recipients of this scholarship must be residents of the state of Vermont at the time of application to the program and have documented financial need.

Michele Pallotta ’77 Commitment to Pharmacy Scholarship. With preference given to a student from Schenectady County in New York, this scholarship was established by alumna Michele Pallotta for the benefit of a student enrolled in the pharmacy program. The recipient must be in one of the professional years of the program and have financial need. 

Henry A. Panasci Jr. Pharmacy Scholarship Fund. This fund was established by Mr. Panasci, cofounder of Fay’s Drug Company, Inc. Scholarships are based upon financial need and academic merit.

Julius Anthony Pasquariello ’83 Scholarship. A member of the class of 1983, Julius A. Pasquariello established this scholarship to benefit student leaders at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. As a student leader within his class, Julius wishes to honor and acknowledge ACPHS students who strive to become a well-rounded student. Recipients of this scholarship must be a class officer for a minimum of two years and be of a good moral character. The recommendation of a faculty or staff member is also required.

Alpha Theta Chapter of Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity Award. The endowment is established exclusively for the benefit of the brothers of Alpha Theta Chapter of Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity. Brothers in this chapter may apply to be considered for this award in years 3-5 of study. Interested applicants should contact members of the chapter’s Alumni Committee to apply.

Frank A. Reiss ’89 Memorial Scholarship. Frank Reiss was a community pharmacist and an active member of the Pharmacist Society of the State of New York, (PSSNY) including serving as president of the organization. A member of the class of 1989, Frank established this scholarship to encourage future community pharmacists. The recipient of this scholarship must have an interest in owning a community pharmacy and be a member of PSSNY.

Rite Aid Endowment Scholarship. This endowed scholarship was established in 1983 by a gift from the Rite Aid Corporation. Scholarships are granted based upon financial need and academic merit.

Rite Aid Scholarship. In addition to Rite Aid’s endowed scholarship, this annual scholarship is offered to upperclass students based upon academic merit and financial need.

James J. Roome ’79 Scholarship. Established by James J. Roome ’79, this scholarship provides assistance to a student in the Doctor of Pharmacy program. The student must be in good academic standing as determined by the college and have financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid.

Aaron Rosenshine ‘26 Endowed Scholarship Fund. The award is given annually to an academically able and well-rounded student with financial need.

Nancy Shishik ’83 Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was established by Nancy Shishik ’83 to directly benefit a student who emulates Nancy’s life, work and passions. Most important to Nancy was her perseverance during her return to pharmacy school after having children and then being a working mother during an incredibly successful career. During her courageous battle with non-smoking lung cancer, Nancy, along with her children Serene ’93 and Serge ’95 and countless friends and family members, established this scholarship. Nancy’s legacy lives on through her desire to assist students who, like herself, return to Pharmacy school to pursue their dreams.

Carol Lee Sowek ’74 Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was established by Edward and Muriel Sowek in memory of their daughter Carol, a 1974 graduate of ACPHS’s former Medical Technology program. This scholarship is awarded to a Biomedical Technology student and is based upon financial need.

Vander Veer Scholarship. This scholarship is part of the general scholarship fund and used for graduate student needs such as the ACPHS Pharm.D. program.

Frank Viviani ’58 & Angela Viviani Scholarship. The Frank Viviani ’58 and Angela Viviani Scholarship was established in 2014 to support a student from Oneida County who is attending Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Originally from Utica, Frank worked as a pharmacist for New York State and in retail settings in and around Oneida County. Frank and Angela established this scholarship to benefit students from their hometown. 

The Larry '88 & Catherine Tabor Scholarship. Established by class of 1988 alumnus Larry Tabor and his wife Catherine, this scholarship directly supports a student from Larry’s hometown.  This scholarship is awarded to a student who graduates from the Milford Central School or Cherry Valley\Springfield Central School.  The scholarship is available to any student graduating from Otsego County if the first criteria cannot be satisfied.  

Walgreens Drug Company. Established in 1995-96, scholarships are awarded based upon financial need and academic merit.

Michael P. and Elsie K. Yuda Scholarship. The scholarship was established from a gift of the Yuda Trust upon the death of Elsie, the widow of ACPHS graduate Michael P. Yuda ’20. Scholarships are granted based upon financial need and academic merit.

Mario M. Zeolla ’97 Memorial Scholarship. Created by his family in memory of beloved faculty member Mario M. Zeolla ’97, this scholarship is awarded annually to a pharmacy student enrolled in the professional years of study who shows strong leadership qualities, has a high academic standing and has completed two full seasons of soccer.


Alumni Association-Based Scholarships


In addition to the scholarships listed above, each year the Alumni Association generously provides funding to be used for scholarships to be awarded on the basis of established need.

AAACPHS General Scholarship Fund. This scholarship was established by donations from alumni and gifts given in memory of deceased classmate. Scholarships are granted based upon financial need.

Allen Barnum '24 Alumni Scholarship. This scholarship was established by Mr. Barnum to assist deserving students. Eligibility is based upon financial need and academic merit.

Milton Bernstein '31 Alumni Scholarship. This scholarship was established to assist deserving students. Eligibility is based upon financial need and/or academic achievement

Oren O. Bigelow '42 Alumni Scholarship. This scholarship was established for students who reside in Chenango, Madison, Otsego, Cortland or Delaware Counties. Recipients must be graduates of high schools located in these counties. This scholarship is awarded to a deserving student based upon financial need.

Myron Book Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is based on financial need.

Class of 1988 Alumni Scholarship. This scholarship was established in memory of deceased members of the Class of 1988. This need-based scholarship is awarded to a fifth- or sixth-year student who has good overall academic achievement, and is a respected friend and colleague within their class.

Thomas Cutbush '68 Scholarship. This scholarship was established in memory of Thomas Cutbush '68. Eligibility is based upon financial need and academic merit.

Rinaldo V. DeNuzzo '52 Alumni Scholarship. The Rinaldo V. DeNuzzo Alumni Scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving student on the basis of academic achievement and financial need.

Francis Donovan '51 Scholarship Fund. Scholarship is granted based upon financial needs and academic merit.

Harland R. Eckler '20 Alumni Fund Scholarship. This scholarship was established by the late Mr. Eckler to provide scholarships for deserving students.

John E. Flynn Scholarship. This scholarship is in memory of Dr. Flynn, professor of biology at ACPHS. This award is based on financial need and academic merit.

Burt Orrin Kinney Alumni Scholarship. This scholarship was established for students with financial need from the New York counties of St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Delaware, Franklin, Lewis, northern Oswego or Clinton, or the Vermont counties of Chittenden or Franklin. Recipients must be graduates of high schools located in the designated counties.

Paul A. Jablon Scholarship. This scholarship is in memory of Dr. Jablon, professor of pharmacy at ACPHS. This award is based on financial need and academic merit.

James McGuinness '71 Alumni Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving student based upon academic merit and/or financial need.

George C. Lewis '28 Alumni Scholarship. This fund was established to recognized the late Mr. Lewis, who served with distinction as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1966-76. This scholarship is awarded based upon financial need and academic merit.

Francis J. O'Brien '20 Alumni Scholarship. This scholarship was established as a matching fund by an anonymous alumnus in memory of Francis J. O'Brien, Dean of the College from 1943-67. Scholarships are awarded annually to deserving students based upon financial need and academic excellence.

Francis J. O'Brien Emergency Loan Fund. This fund is designated to provide short-term emergency loans to students of no more than $500 per semester ($1,000 maximum per year). Students must sign a promissory note with the vice president for enrollment management. All loan proceeds must be re-paid to the fund within 30 days.

Malcolm Payne ’86 Memorial Scholarship Fund. A member of the Alumni Association of Albany College of Pharmacy (AAACP) since his graduation in 1986, Malcolm was most importantly a proud father, husband, son, brother and an amazing friend. This scholarship is awarded annually to a student who has financial need.

Bertram Rapowitz '58 Scholarship. This scholarship was established by a gift from Bertram Rapowitz '58. This scholarship is awarded annually on the basis of academic achievement and financial need.

Ellis H. Robison Alumni Scholarship. Established in memory of former Board of Brustees member and chairman, the Robison Scholarship is awarded annually on the basis of academic achievement and financial need.

Dennis Rule '96 Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a student who is an active member of a fraternal organization and involved in a community service outside of ACPHS. The award is based upon financial need.

Albert M. White Scholarship Fund. Established by family, friends and colleagues of the late Albert M. White, a former associate dean of the College. This scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate strong leadership qualities, scholastic ability and athletic participation.

Academic Honors and Awards

The following Academic Honors and Awards are presented to enrolled students based on nominations from faculty, staff, administrators, or preceptors. Using these nominations, a committee of faculty members chooses the recipients. The College presents the below awards annually when an eligible recipient has been identified. Awards marked with an asterisk (*) are presented to graduates as part of Commencement exercises.

*American Chemical Society Award. Given by the American Chemical Society for general excellence in the chemistry sequence by high GPA and faculty nominations.

*The Morris M. Daffner ’32 Memorial Award for Excellence in Pharmacy Practice. Established by his wife Beatrice and son Dr. Richard Daffner ’63, in memory of Morris M. Daffner ’32. Awarded to a graduating student who has shown excellence in pharmacy practice by faculty and preceptor nominations.

Claudia L. DelGiacco Memorial Award. Presented to a student with high scholastic standing in pharmacy courses and who is deemed worthy of the honor by faculty nominations.

*Clinical Laboratory Sciences Director's Award. The student must have demonstrated commitment to the discipline of Diagnostic Laboratory Medicine and to the profession of Clinical Laboratory Science through enthusiasm for the didactic process in the classroom and student laboratory, active engagement in the training process on clinical rotation and participation in the activities of the School of Health Sciences. Further, as strong leadership potential must be evidenced in the opinions of the preceptors and faculty.

*Community Service Award. This award acknowledges the commitment by a senior Bachelor of Science student to service in his/her community. The recipient will have a strong record of a variety of activities that have provided significant service to the ACPHS community or the community at large.

*Cultural Awareness Award. This award acknowledges the commitment of a senior Bachelor of Science student to cultural awareness as part of health and well-being. The recipient will have a strong record of engaging with, and promotion of, both the understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity.

CVS (Consumer Value Stores) Scholarship. In the 1986-87 academic year, CVS began granting scholarships to students from ACPHS. These scholarships are based upon academic merit.

Dr. Rudolph R. DelGiacco ’46 Memorial Prize. Given to a student deemed worthy of the honor; by faculty/staff nominations.

*Earl D. Rhodes Award. Four awards offered in memory of Earl D. Rhodes are given for general excellence; by faculty and preceptor nominations.

Excellence in Clinical Communication. This award monetary award is presented to a student who has both high academic achievement and outstanding communication skills.

*Excellence in Research Award. This award acknowledges the commitment and effort of a senior Bachelor of Science student in the pursuit of new knowledge and scholarship research. The recipient will have a strong record of dedicated time and productivity working with ACPHS faculty research projects focused on the basic sciences, clinical sciences, or the social sciences.

*Facts and Comparisons Award. Awarded to a student for high academic achievement and outstanding communication skills by faculty and preceptor nominations

*Global Involvement Award. This award acknowledges the commitment of a senior Bachelor of Science student to the understanding and engagement of issues of health at a global level. The recipient will have a strong record of globally-focused scholarship activity.

*Leadership Award. This award acknowledges the demonstration of leadership by a senior Bachelor of Science student. The recipient will have a strong record of a variety of activities such as providing guidance to fellow students, organizing and participation in community activities, and serving as a role model for the development of leadership skills.

*Lilly Achievement Award. The Eli Lilly and Co. award is given to a graduating student who demonstrates both scholastic success and exceptional qualities of leadership and professional attitude; by faculty/staff and preceptor nominations.

Dr. Lawrence H. MacDonald Memorial Award. Awarded by the American Chemical Society to the student with the highest standing in freshman chemistry.

*Ralph ’59 and Mary Lou ’60 Mancini Award. Established in memory of Matthew Verderame, a professor of medicinal chemistry at ACPHS for 37 years. Presented to a student with financial need who demonstrates academic excellence in medicinal chemistry.

*William Mansfield Award. A cash prize from a fund established under the will of Dean William Mansfield awarded to the pharmacy student who has the highest scholastic standing for the entire six years of the PharmD program.

*Lucy M. Manvel Membership Awards. Four memberships of one year each are awarded annually by the Northeastern New York Society of Hospital Pharmacists to P2 through P4 year students employed at a hospital pharmacy in the Northeast; by faculty and preceptor nominations. Two awards are presented at the Fall awards ceremony and two awards are given at graduation.

*Merck and Company, Inc. Awards. Five sets of the Merck Index and Merck Manual are awarded to students having high scholastic standing in the Pharmacotherapy, Pharmaceutics, and Experiential sequences; by faculty and preceptor nominations.

*Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. Award. Presented to a graduating student for excellence in pharmacy; by faculty and preceptor nominations.

*Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Recognition Award. Awarded to a graduating student who demonstrates interest in improving patient care and appreciation for an evidence-based approach to evaluating natural medicines; by faculty and preceptor nominations

*Patient Care Awards for Excellence in Experiential Education. Four awards given to students who demonstrate exceptional clinical skills, dedication to patient care, and professionalism on Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences; by faculty and preceptor nominations.

*Professionalism and Leadership Award. This award is given to a student in the pharmacy program that has exhibited professionalism through either on-campus involvement or by nomination of their preceptor as part of the APPE rotations.

*PSSNY Award. A five-year membership in the Pharmaceutical Society of the State of New York awarded to a graduating student deemed worthy of honor and an active member of PSSNY; by faculty and preceptor nominations.

*Rho Pi Phi Alumni Award. Awarded to the graduating student who has made outstanding contributions to community welfare; by faculty/staff and preceptor nominations.

Rite Aid Scholarship. In addition to Rite Aid’s endowed scholarship, this annual scholarship is offered to upperclass students based upon academic merit and financial need.

The Robert J. Sherer Memorial Scholarship Award. A monetary award given by 5 friends is presented to the 5th year student with the highest cumulative average for the first four years at ACPHS.

*TEVA Pharmaceuticals USA Award. Awarded to a graduating student with high scholastic standing; by faculty nominations.

*US Public Health Service Award. Awarded by the U.S. Public Health Service to a graduating pharmacy student for excellence in public health pharmacy practice. The student must be nominated by faculty, who complete a detailed nomination form. The Scholarship and Awards committee selects one nomination on behalf of the College to submit for consideration among the national pool of nominations. Only a few students from around the country are given this award.

*Walgreens Diversity Scholarship. This award is presented to a student from an underrepresented minority group with an interest in community pharmacy.

*Walgreens Inclusion Award. This award is presented to a student who embraces diversity and promotes diversity and inclusions initiatives on campus.

Walmart Scholarship Award. Awarded to three pharmacy students who have financial need, high scholastic standing, show strong leadership qualities, and have a desire to enter community pharmacy practice. Students submit an essay with faculty or preceptor nominations, and top three students are selected by the Scholarship and Awards Committee.

* - Presented to graduates as part of Commencement exercises.

PROVOST’S AWARDS

These awards are given annually by the Office of the Provost solely on the basis of high academic achievement. GPA must be 3.5 or greater to receive the below awards.

  • Highest GPA at end of first year
  • Second Highest GPA at end of first year
  • Highest GPA at end of second year
  • General Excellence (given to a student in the 2nd year); by faculty nominations and GPA.
  • Second Highest GPA at end of second year
  • Highest Professional GPA at end of third year (P1)
  • Highest GPA at end of third year (BSPS)
  • Highest GPA at end of third year (BSBT) 
  • Highest GPA at end of third year (BSHH)
  • Second Highest GPA at end of third year
  • Highest Professional GPA at end of fourth year (P2)
  • Second Highest Professional GPA at end of fourth year (P2)
  • High Standing in mathematics (given to a student in third semester)

Other Financial Assistance

Private Education Loan Programs. Many lenders offer private education loans for students and parents. These programs are designed to assist in meeting college costs not covered by federal, state and institutional aid programs. Eligibility for private education loans normally includes review of the credit history of the student applicant and adult co-signer. All private loans are certified for a full academic year and are disbursed on a semester basis. Students will communicate their lender of choice to the Office of Financial Aid by submitting an application directly to their lender or by contacting the Office of Financial Aid in writing.

TuitionPay Plan by Sallie Mae. TuitionPay is the monthly payment plan for ACPHS, which is administered by Sallie Mae. The balance due is divided into 10 equal installments: five payments for the fall and five payments for the spring semesters. Enrollment is easy and can be done online or via phone at (800) 635-0120.

National Association of Retail Druggists’ Foundation (Formerly John W. Dargavel Foundation). Available to student members of the National Community Pharmacists Association in the last seven semesters of their first professional pharmacy degree program and who are planning a career in independent community pharmacy practice. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Loans are granted in increments of up to $2,500 per semester to a maximum of $5,000 per calendar year. The amount requested cannot exceed the cost of tuition and book fees for the semester to which the student is applying. Student membership applications are available at www.ncpanet.org.

Francis J. O’Brien Emergency Loan Fund. This fund is designed to provide short-term emergency loans to students of no more than $500 per semester ($1,000 maximum per year). Students must sign a promissory note with the director of financial aid. All loan proceeds must be repaid to the fund within 30 days.