Three student-faculty teams have been named 2015 Walmart Scholars by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, marking the ninth consecutive year that the School has had at least one recipient for the award and the fourth consecutive year with three. This year’s recipients are

  • Courtney Bradley, PharmD, and her faculty mentor, Clinical Assistant Professor Kelly Scolaro, PharmD;
  • PY4 Lauren Clouse and her faculty mentor, Executive Associate Dean for Professional Education Pam Joyner, EdD; and
  • PY4 Eric Sparks and his faculty mentor, Clinical Assistant Professor Ryan Tabis, PharmD.

The Walmart Scholars Program aims to strengthen the award recipients’ skills and commitment to a career in academic pharmacy through their participation at the AACP Annual Meeting. Each student-faculty pair receives a $1,000 scholarship to help cover registration and travel costs for the annual meeting and Teachers Seminar in National Harbor, Maryland, July 11–15.

Bradley is a postdoctoral fellow at the School working in the Pharmaceutical Care Labs. She graduated from the School in 2013 and went on to complete a PGY1 community pharmacy residency in Cincinnati, Ohio with Kroger Pharmacy and the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy. Bradley has completed rotations at outpatient clinics at UNC Hospitals and also serves as a mentor to the Kappa Epsilon professional pharmacy fraternity at the School.

Clouse is a PharmD candidate at the School and an intern at Rite Aid pharmacy in Asheville, North Carolina. After she graduates in May, Clouse will transition into the role of a post-doctoral fellow in the Rutgers Pharmaceutical Industry Program, where she will serve as the medical information/medical science liaison in immunoscience and virology at Bristol-Myers Squibb. She also works as a pharmacy volunteer at the Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry’s Medical Clinic.

Sparks is a PharmD candidate finishing his fourth-year clinical rotation at the Wake Area Health Education Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. Sparks is also a pharmacy volunteer at the Urban Ministries of Wake County Open Door Clinic. Next year, Sparks will move on to a position as a PGY1 pharmacy practice resident at WakeMed Health and Hospitals in Raleigh.

By Aren Besson

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