Alumni Scholarships

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has always been about opportunity, and scholarship assistance for the College’s most deserving students is a key ingredient in our commitment to excellence.

Our alumni have embraced that commitment as their own, and have generously provided the resources to assist financially burdened students in their quest to turn their dream of an ACPHS education into reality. They believe in the mission of the College, and have taken steps to put that into practice in a real way by offering much needed support to family members of their fellow graduates. We are grateful for their generosity.  

Establishing an Endowed Scholarship

Generous donors have helped make Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences the outstanding educational institution it is today.  We invite you to support the future student scholars of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences by making a gift to establish an endowed scholarship at the College.  

Creating an endowed scholarship fund is easy to establish and they last indefinitely.  When you endow a scholarship with Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences you are not only providing students with a bright future but you are also leaving behind your legacy.  To endow a scholarship, a gift of $25,000 minimum is required.  This payment can be contributed in full at the outset or payable over five years.  The principal of the fund is invested to produce income, and an annual award is given to a student/s which totals to $750-$1000 a student for one academic year.  The principal remains untouched, so the endowment can last into perpetuity.

As a scholarship donor, you choose the name of the scholarship as well as the criteria. The Office of Institutional Advancement staff is available to help you create the criteria for your scholarship. Scholarships at ACPHS are awarded to deserving students based upon area of interest, geographical origin, leadership potential, merit, financial need, academic achievement and/or other criteria.  Typically, the Office of Financial Aid carefully reviews the scholarship applications submitted by students and selects the most deserving recipient(s) based on the donor-established criteria. 

Major contributors of a scholarship fund are notified annually when the scholarship recipient(s) has been selected and are informed of the name and hometown of the recipient, as well as the amount of the award. Recipients write a thank-you note to the donor, and in some cases, the recipient and donor are able to meet at the Annual Benefactor Dinner Reception.  

For more information, please contact Michael Buckley, Director of Development, at 518.694.7126.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are scholarships named?
The major benefactor of a scholarship establishes the scholarship name. You can establish a scholarship in your own name or choose to name it for a friend, family member, organization or a favorite faculty member.

How is the selection criteria established for the scholarship I am establishing?
You can aid in establishing the scholarship criteria by expressing your intentions for the award. The College will draft the scholarship criteria according to your specifications and present it to you for your approval.

How are scholarships awarded?
Scholarships for current students are advertised on the College’s website and in the College bulletin. Typically, the Office of Financial Aid carefully reviews each application and selects the most deserving recipient(s) based on the established criteria.

Will I receive notification when a student is awarded the scholarship?
You will be notified annually when the scholarship recipient(s) has been selected. You will be informed of the name and hometown of the recipient, as well as the amount of the award and status of the fund.

ACPHS 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. 1957 and Anne Roskelly Anagnost Family Scholarship Fund. With preference given to a student who graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School or 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, the Nick G. 1957 and Anne Roskelly Anagnost Family Scholarship was established by college alumnus Nick Anagnost.  This scholarship is awarded to a student in good academic standing and has financial need and is enrolled in the professional years of the Doctor of Pharmacy Program.  Students are required to submit an application annually to the Financial Office outlining how this scholarship will impact the student’s 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.

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.

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 A. 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.

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

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 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.