Scholarship Committee Highlights
Each year the New Hampshire Pharmacists Association (NHPA) Scholarship Foundation provides student pharmacists of NH an opportunity to receive scholarship funds. The Scholarship Committee included the following members: Cheryl Abel (Scholarship Chairperson), Mike Viggiano, Lorraine Radick, Joe Clement and Paul Boisseau.
scholarship committee places high value on students with the right
balance of professionalism, initiative, leadership, insight and
decisiveness, as well as need and scholastic ability. This year the
foundation awarded two outstanding students. Recipients will be
honored at our annual awards dinner.
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Scholarship Committee Members
The committee is pleased to announce the following NH Pharmacists Association
2020 Scholarship Recipients
Mackenzie is a second-year pharmacy student at MCPHS – Manchester from Hooksett, NH. She currently serves as the president of ASHP Student Societies of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP-SSHP), as well as vice president of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), secretary of Student Pharmacists Against Prescription Drug Abuse (SPARxDA), and student representative in the Co-Curriculum Committee at MCPHS. Outside of her education, Mackenzie also serves as a volunteer for various organizations such as Children’s Miracle Network and Girls Inc of New Hampshire. She is currently an intern at PillPack by Amazon Pharmacy and hopes to pursue residency after graduating in May of 2022. Mackenzie is the recipient of the annual $3,000 scholarship provided by the Dr. Vahrij Manoukian Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Alyssa graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2018 with a bachelor of science in chemistry. From there she immediately went on to continue her education at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University - Manchester, During her time at MCPHS University, she became Vice President of Student Pharmacists Against Prescription Drug Abuse and secretary of Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society. She is also a pharmacy intern for Rite Aid Pharmacy as well as Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. Once she graduates, she hopes to pursue a residency in the New England area and one day practice emergency medicine in an institutional setting. Alyssa is the recipient of a $1500 scholarship which is provided by the Dr. George Skenderian Scholarship Fund and the Roland P. Gosselin Scholarship Fund and the New Hampshire Pharmacists Association Foundation, Inc.
Susan is currently a second year student at the University of New England School of Pharmacy. Prior to graduate school she earned her Bachelor’s in Medical Biology from the University of New England College of Arts and Sciences. Susan is a member of the American Pharmacists Association, participates in research on campus, recently became a CUP AHEC Scholar, and is a member of the CVS Pharmacy Intern Program. In addition, she holds multiple leadership positions as the Recording Signare for Alpha Zeta Omega, a member of the SSHP Education Committee, and as the class representative on the School of Pharmacy’s Wellness Task Force. Susan is the recipient of a $1500 scholarship provided by the New Hampshire Pharmacists Association Foundation, Inc.
The committee is pleased to announce the following NH Pharmacists Association
2019 Scholarship Recipients
ANNE R. DIONNE
Anne is a fifth year student at the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy enrolled in the PharmD program. From Laconia, NH, Anne’s interest in pharmacy surfaced while a sophomore in high school. During her senior year, she did an internship at the Lakes Region General Hospital pharmacy which confirmed her decision to become a pharmacist. Currently she plans to work in hospital pharmacy upon graduation but she also has an interest public health and working in underprivileged communities while utilizing her pharmacy education. While at URI, Anne is recognized for her Leadership skills serving as president and treasurer of several student professional pharmacy organizations. Anne anticipates to graduate with her PharmD degree in May 2021. In 2019 Anne received a $1,750 scholarship award from the NH Pharmacists Association Foundation, Inc.
Sarah is in the second year of the 3 year accelerated PharmD program at MCPHS University – College of Pharmacy at Manchester, NH. From Raymond, NH, Sarah first earned a degree in Biomedical Sciences before moving on to pharmacy. Prior to starting at MCPHS University, Sarah spent a couple years as an acrobatic performer with Circus Maine. While at MCPHS University, Sarah has demonstrated exemplary leadership skills by serving as president and vice president of several student professional pharmacy organizations. Sarah looks forward to graduation day and the award of her PharmD degree in May 2021. Sarah received a $1,750 scholarship award which included funds from the Roland Gosselin Memorial Trust Fund; the George Skenderian Memorial Trust Fund and the NH Pharmacists Foundation, Inc Scholarship Fund.
John graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy in 2020 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. In addition to working at Walgreen’s and PillPack Pharmacy during his academic career, he was deeply involved within UConn, assuming several roles over the years. As a third-year pharmacy student at UConn, John was Vice-President of both Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity and Pharmacy Student Government, a School of Pharmacy Ambassador, Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society member and a LEADERS Track Scholar. His work within the school primarily focused on philanthropy such as organizing fundraisers to support the Movember Foundation and a leadership fund that financially supports students interested in attending conferences and continuing education seminars. As an ambassador, he led Open Houses, “How to get into pharmacy school” seminars, and worked closely with local high schools to advocate for the profession of pharmacy. He is now actively pursuing a career within the pharmaceutical industry and would like to become a university professor later in his professional career. John received $1750 scholarship award from the NHPA Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
The committee is pleased to announce the following NH Pharmacists Association scholarship recipients for 2018:
Erin graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2013 with a bachelor of science degree in animal sciences, with a focus in biotechnology. She spent a few years working diligently for a professional equestrian, and returned to school to focus on pharmacy in the fall of 2017. Currently a second year student at MCPHS - Manchester, Erin is liaison for several different student committees, including student government as well as the Student Faculty Relations Committee. Her role includes bringing student questions and concerns to faculty attention and the student government's executive board. During her time at MCPHS, she volunteered at the Salvation Army Kid's Cafe, sharing a meal with younger children after their day at school. Erin will be starting her advanced practice pharmacy rotation this August with New England Equine Medical and Surgical Center in Dover, NH.
Jessica is a second year pharmacy student at MCPHS University. She is currently a member of Rho Chi National Honor Society and Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society. She has served as the Vice President of the Student Government Association, secretary to ACCP and ASHP, and Communication's Vice President for APhA. She also serves as a peer enrichment tutor on campus for pharmacy students entering their first professional year. She is currently an intern at Hannaford Pharmacy and is a technician at the Elliot Hospital.
Paige is a third-year pharmacy student at the University of Connecticut from Atkinson, NH. She is president of the American Society for Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), as well as, corresponding secretary of Lambda Kappa Sigma, an all-female professional pharmacy fraternity. Paige is a member of Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society. Additionally, she is an Urban Health Scholar; through interdisciplinary teamwork with other healthcare professionals, she develops and implements health-outreach projects to overcome health disparities of under-served communities. As an Urban Health Scholar, Paige was afforded the opportunity to speak to senators and representatives at the capitol to advocate for healthcare needs in underserved communities. Paige currently works as an intern at CVS.
Congratulations to all recipients!
Past Scholarship Recipients
Scholarship Recipients – 2017
Emily Seamans - Emily is currently in her fourth professional year as a pharmacy student at the University of Connecticut and will graduate with her PharmD in May! She grew up in Canaan, NH and has always felt New Hampshire is her true home, therefore plans to return here to begin her career upon graduation. During her time at UConn, she focused on a balance between extracurricular activities, volunteerism and academic achievement. Emily was the Treasurer and Captain of UConn’s Club Field Hockey team, held numerous leadership positions with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, was the president of Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society and achieved academic standards deserving of induction into the Rho Chi Society. Through the Urban Service Track she was afforded opportunities to serve urban, underserved populations by promoting vaccinations, dental hygiene and other healthy decisions to community members young and old in the areas surrounding UConn. Emily completed her Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) at Dartmouth Hitchcock, the Veterans Affairs hospitals in Vermont and Maine, an independent drug store in Georgia, and a rehabilitation facility in Arizona. These rotations exposed her to various patient populations and practice settings and helped her develop into a well-rounded (soon-to-be) pharmacist!
Elizabeth Belanger- Liz is a second year Pharmacy Student at MCPHS University. She is the President of ACCP, the treasurer of ASHP, and a member of the Rho Chi National Honor Society and Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society. Over the past year she has served as a peer enrichment tutor for first year students and, in this role, has thoroughly enjoyed helping others navigate through life in pharmacy school. Throughout her time at MCPHS, Liz has volunteered at the NH Food Bank and Manchester Community Health Center. She is looking forward to beginning her first advanced practice pharmacy rotation this August at Concord Hospital in Concord, NH.
Ami Diamond - Ami received her bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross in 2015. She has served as the vice president for Students Against Prescription Drug Abuse. As a group they worked on increasing awareness of and educating on prescription drug abuse to the local community. She is a member of Phi Lambda Sigma (Gamma Gamma chapter). She serves as a board member on the New Hampshire Pharmacist Association. For NHPA she also serves on the education committee. She serves as the alumni relations coordinator on the board for the Reach High Scholars Program. As a part of this program she mentors and advocates higher education for students attending Raymond High School. For her dedication and service to the community beyond the doors of MCPHS University she received the MCPHS University Community Service Award.
Scholarship Recipients – 2016
Ryan R. Morgan (PharmD Candidate [P3]) from MCPHS University, Manchester, NH -- $1000 Ryan is a member of Rho Sigma Kappa (Gamma Section). He volunteers at the Boys and Girls Clubs, in Milford, NH. He promoted safe medicine practices to approximately 50 middle school aged children,participated in the Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk and the YMCA Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Awareness and Prevention program. He did an introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience at the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, Camp Lejeune, NC. Ryan is an EMT. He received the New Hampshire Hero Award in August 2007. He was presented the award by Former NH Governor John D. Lynch. Citation: “For risking your own life in an outstanding act of heroism”.
Emily K. Seamans (PharmD Candidate [P4]) from UConn School of Pharmacy -- $1000 Emily is a recent graduate of the UConn School of Pharmacy with a Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy Studies. Emily has volunteered at David’s House at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters. She applied and was accepted to UConn’s Urban Service Track in May 2015 and was a VALOR Intern at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont. She is a member of Lambda Kappa Sigma. Emily is a past recipient of the NHPA 2014 Scholarship Award.
Scholarship Recipients – 2015
Joanna Nichols from Brentwood, NH
Morgan Ratte from Hudson, NH
Scholarship Recipients – 2014
Emily Seamans (UCONN)
Morgan Ratte (URI)
Andrew Brueckner (MCPHS University Manchester)
Scholarship Recipients – 2013
Meaghan Paris (Western New England University COP)
Morgan Ratte (URI)
Brett Murphy (Albany COP)
Scholarship Recipients – 2012
Kerri Fedierco (MCPHS Manchester)
Leah Barbato (Albany COP)
Jennifer Cheever (Western New England University COP)
Scholarship Recipients – 2011
Alison Paplaskas (UNE)
Brett Murphy (Albany COP)
Brenna Mokray (MCPHS Boston)
Scholarship Recipients – 2010
Ashley Greene (UCONN)
Brenna Mokray (MCPHS Boston)
Morgan Ratte Testimony
NHPA Scholarship Awardee 2013, 2014, 2015
The New Hampshire Pharmacists Association scholarship has provided me with financial assistance, opened the doors for new professional relationships, and intensified the pride I have for my community service and scholastic achievements. I am a four-time recipient of the scholarship, and each year I applied, I was able to share exciting updates with the committee, including my most recent pharmacy service trip to Jamaica, my latest tutoring idea, or how I planned to further my career and become a leader in pharmacy. The committee took personal interest in my completed accomplishments and future endeavors, and often remembered to ask about these achievements and opportunities in follow-up correspondence. The New Hampshire Pharmacists Association has provided me with the opportunity to form relationships with, and learn from, truly influential mentors; this opportunity has inspired me to become the best possible version of myself, both personally and as a healthcare professional.