When you’re number one, can you get any better? 

Yes, with a little help from your friends.

You may know that the School of Pharmacy was ranked Number One in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. What you may not know is that this recognition is due in part to the leadership of our alumni, donors and friends in the profession of pharmacy and the field of pharmaceutical sciences. State funding covers only 21 percent of the School’s expenditures, and we rely heavily on private giving to support our most important initiatives.

We invite you to learn about the impact of private philanthropy on our School’s success by reading about some of the exciting work made possible by donors like you.

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You can help us achieve another record-setting year by making a gift today. Your gift will allow us to continue the relentless pursuit of excellence in all that we do!

The Impact of Giving

Serving the World

Malawi2015Treating HIV, cancer and diabetes patients in Malawi. Exploring hospital and community pharmacy in Japan. How was your PY4 year? Through the Global Pharmacy Scholars (GPS) program, students have the opportunity to work on the front lines of health care in one of nine nations on five continents. Students return with fresh perspectives on the practice of pharmacy, their patients and themselves. In the program’s first four years, 142 students participated. Our goal is to send half of every fourth year class abroad. The program is the brainchild of a professor who loves seeing students open their hearts and minds to transformation through service and cultural awareness. How strong is his commitment to GPS? He and his wife pledged to send 30 students over the next five years. Read More

Closing in on a Cure for HIV

Kashuba CottrellIf faculty are the engines of a university, UNC pharmacy faculty are rocket boosters. They are advancing knowledge in every area of health care, finding new and better ways to teach the next generation of professionals, winning patents and creating businesses that contribute to global health and provide economic benefits to the state and nation. They are world leaders in their disciplines. They prepare students for careers in practice, research, industry and education. And they are worthy of your support. Angela Kashuba is a prime example. She and her team are closing in on working to develop a cure for HIV, and funding from donors helps pay lab assistants and provides equipment for their work. “It makes a difference on a daily basis,” she said. “We can do a good job without funds, but with funds we can do an outstanding job … a spectacular job. It has helped us get to number one.” Read More

The Structural Genomics Consortium at UNC

sgc-uncAlthough billions of dollars are spent annually on drug development, the rate of success for finding cures is painfully slow. We can imagine a world where cures or treatments for any disease are readily available and accessible. In an effort to expedite that path to cures, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has become the first U.S. hub of a worldwide research network called the Structural Genomics Consortium, or SGC. The SGC-UNC was funded initially by the Eshelman Institute for Innovation, which was created by Fred Eshelman’s historic $100 million gift to the pharmacy school in 2014. The goal of the SGC-UNC is to collaboratively pursue the development of breakthrough drug treatments desperately needed for a wide range of diseases from cancer and neurological disorders to devastating parasitic diseases like malaria. We believe that by sharing our discoveries and data with researchers worldwide, we can accelerate the discovery of new treatments for diseases at a rate never before achieved. Watch the Video

Transforming Beard Hall

beard-hall-1024Beard Hall, our beloved but outdated home, is key to the School’s mission to revolutionize pharmaceutical education. Alumni and friends are helping us transform Beard to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s students. Old labs are becoming interactive classrooms, patient simulation rooms and business incubators. Rooms where professors talked and students took notes are becoming places where new-found knowledge is applied to pressing contemporary problems. And students are becoming critical thinkers, problem solvers and leaders. They are reaching their full potential to embrace and shape the changes they will face. Vaughn and Nancy Bryson, both 1960 graduates who were among the first students to take classes in Beard, are supporting the transformation. “The innovative use of technology in teaching requires an updating of the classrooms, as well as the necessity of more modern laboratories,” they said. “The current updating of Beard Hall should also create a better learning environment.” Read More

Supporting Student Scholarships

Laura BonifacioLaura Bonifacio wanted to give students scholarships now, not when she could afford to endow and name an award.

Her instinct was spot on. Carolina pharmacy students are working harder than ever, more eligible for financial aid than ever and carrying more debt than ever. The School also loses great applicants who turn us down because another school offers more financial assistance. That’s why scholarships are one of the dean’s top priorities, and why the School created a significant way for donors to help students before they can endow awards. It’s called the Carolina Pharmacy Annual Scholarship.

Bonifacio made her first gift and met the first recipient, and she knows she made the right call. “Even beyond the dollars, there’s a huge impact on the students,” she said. “You are creating a connection with those students. You are saying to them, ‘We see you, we believe in you, we trust you and you’re doing great things.'” Read More

Unprecedented growth and transformation (2003-2018):

as of Sept. 25, 2019


increase in graduate students


increase in faculty


increase in facility square footage


increase in total external research grant funding

By the numbers:

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professional students


graduate students




staff members


alumni in 50 states and D.C.
and 27 foreign countries


alumni living in North Carolina