Multicultural Pharmacy Scholars Program
Enriching our healthcare system through multicultural leadership
The Multicultural Pharmacy Scholars Program (MPSP) offers financial and academic support to high-achieving pharmacy students from under-represented backgrounds.
MPSP scholars can take advantage of enhanced faculty advising, peer support and social opportunities for a more enriching academic experience. MPSP students can also apply for funding assistance to attend professional meetings locally, throughout the United States and abroad. MPSP scholarships are renewable.
Eligible students must be admitted to the KU School of Pharmacy, a U.S.. citizen or permanent resident, academically well-prepared and from a background that is underrepresented at the KU School of Pharmacy.
Renewable scholarships typically range from $500 to $1,000 per semester, based on academic performance, student participation, financial need and available funding.
Mentoring and Academic Advising
MPSP scholars attend monthly advising meetings with the MPSP faculty director and receive peer mentoring from upper-level students. Students also attend group leadership and professional meetings each semester.
Cultural and Social Events
The KU Multicultural Scholars Program hosts several events each semester. Learn more about these events from your faculty advisor or visit the KU Multicultural Scholars Program website at msp.ku.edu.
Leadership and Professional Development
Students have opportunities to get involved in the KU and local community, including interaction with other students, faculty, and pharmacy practitioners. MPSP student can also apply for funding assistance to attend professional meetings locally, throughout the United States and abroad.
MPSP scholars are expected to attend all of their pharmacy classes and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5. They must attend and participate in all advising/mentoring meetings and MPSP events. It is also the responsibility of each upper-class student to serve as a mentor to the P1, P2, and P3 students, if needed.
Application and Instructions
How to Apply
Complete and submit:
- KU Multicultural Pharmacy Scholars Program Application (pdf)
- Application Essay
The application essay (maximum of three double‐spaced pages) is in three parts:
PART I: Describe how being a member of one or more of the groups represented by the Multicultural Pharmacy Scholars Program has influenced who you are and helped shape your life goals. Who has influenced you the most in your life and how? Why is a pharmacy education important to you? What barriers or challenges have you had to overcome to access a college education and be admitted into the pharmacy program? What have you learned from these experiences that you might contribute to the pharmacy profession?
PART II: The MPSP provides faculty mentoring and peer support, along with exposure to cultural experiences. What areas of your development as a student might benefit from the MPSP Program? What specific issues do you wrestle with that you might work on if you were selected as a scholar?
Part III: Your Goal. In one sentence, state your goal as a pharmacy student. For example, “I will learn to make a difference in ____________ (your interests) through _________ (your plans for learning and contributing).”
Complete the application form and application essay, and email them to Dennis Grauer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or send by mail to the KU School of Pharmacy, attention Dennis Grauer, 2010 Becker Drive, Lawrence, KS 66047.