The ETSU Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy has received a grant that will allow the college to recruit more first-generation college students.
The $15,000 grant from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation will be used to develop an outreach program targetting pre-health professional students in the Appalachian region who are the first in their families to attend college.
“We are so excited by this news,” said Dr. Debbie Byrd, dean of Gatton College of Pharmacy, in a news release. “Recruiting first-generation college students from Appalachia goes straight to the heart of our mission, to improve health care in rural and under-served communities. This grant will allow us not only to enhance our diversity in our pharmacy school but also in the profession.”
With the grant money, the college will create a pre-pharmacy course, summer camp immersion experience, and pharmacy mentoring program as part of the Gatton First-Generation Pharmacy Program.
The university says nearly half of students enrolled in the college of pharmacy are first-generation students.