Six students in The University of Texas-Pan American cooperative doctorate pharmacy program received $1,500 scholarships from Walgreens at a banquet Wednesday, Aug. 29.
The scholarship recipients are Rebeka Gonzalez, Michelle Martin, Matthew Plata, Charles J. Strong, Michael Zavala and Marissa Lopez.
Plata said he has always been interested in a pharmaceutical career and has been gaining experience in both community and hospital pharmacies. He has received other scholarships but feels students should always try their best to apply, no matter the outcome.
"I remember I didn't have much confidence when I first came into this program and applied for this scholarship," Plata said. "A lot of times, you think you're not going to get a scholarship. But, if you try your best, they'll see that and you'll get recognized."
Dr. William McIntyre, assistant dean of the cooperative pharmacy program, took a moment to praise the students for their hard work in taking their first big steps to becoming pharmacists. He also thanked Walgreens for providing the scholarships.
"I'd like to congratulate all the pharmacy scholars who won the Walgreens' scholarships this year, and I'd like to thank Walgreens for helping our students," McIntyre said. "The community support of this program has also been tremendous."
Others in attendance included Walgreens representatives Joanne Gosser and Roberto Valencia; Dr. Rodolfo Arevalo, UTPA provost/vice president for Academic Affairs; and Dr. Helen Castillo, dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services.