KU School of Pharmacy students Ashley Shogren and Wesley Kosko were awarded the Jeremy A. Matchett Excellence in Pharmacy Award at the school’s annual White Coat Ceremony on April 4 at the Lied Center of Kansas.
The award was established by the Matchett family in 2005, in memory of Matchett, who served 22 years as a professor and 16 years as associate dean of the pharmacy school.
The award honors students who reflect the values of its namesake, including academic achievement, objectivity, honesty, integrity and the highest of ethical standards. Selection committee members also look for students who demonstrate a genuine, compassionate and unselfish attitude to effectively serve patients, colleagues and the pharmacy profession.
Dean Ken Audus presented Shogren and Kosko with the awards at the school’s White Coat Ceremony, a traditional rite of passage for pharmacy students as they prepare to enter their final year of school and their clinical rotations. The students will spend the next academic year working in a variety of pharmacy settings throughout the state before they graduate in 2014.
“It’s clear to me that this award recognizes students who will go on to become the stalwarts of the profession,” Audus said. He described Shogren and Kosko as individuals who have been active in student organizations and have a strong commitment to community service. He went on to say they have shown great ability and willingness to lead and exhibit a thirst for knowledge and a drive to be a lifelong learner.
Shogren and Kosko each received an engraved paperweight and a $2,000 scholarship. In addition, their names will be inscribed on a plaque that is on permanent display in the school’s museum.