Posted by Philip Poole on 2012-03-15

By Tully Taylor

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation (NACDS) has awarded Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy student Jessica Collins a $3,000 scholarship to help cover tuition and other course-related costs.

Collins is a fourth-year pharmacy student from Helena, Ala.

Collins used the one-time gift this semester to cover some costs. The award was not only helpful, but also validated Collins' commitment to her chosen profession.

"I was very honored to receive this award. I have always been passionate about practicing pharmacy in the community and this scholarship recognized that passion," said Collins.

Pharmacy Dean Charles D. Sands III said Collins' many achievements made her the perfect candidate for this scholarship. She was president of Samford's student chapter of the American Pharmacists Association, where she was key in generating more service projects in the community.

"Jessica has distinguished herself in the classroom and in clinical practice, as well as in the professional student organization," said Sands. "For her leadership in these successful endeavors, she is deserving of this award."

Sand also said Collins exemplifies McWhorter School of Pharmacy's vision statement, "preparing pharmacists who transform lives."

Tully Taylor is a senior journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in the Office of Marketing and Communication.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.