Pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences dean endows Founding Partners Scholarship

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Irvine, Calif., Oct. 15, 2020 – Jan Hirsch, founding dean of the new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, has created the Founding Partners Scholarship for undergraduates who belong to historically underrepresented groups or who aspire to address social inequities in pharmacy or pharmaceutical sciences.

“UCI has a distinguished commitment to increasing diversity in the pharmaceutical sciences and the profession of pharmacy, as well as a history of attracting and educating underrepresented and first-generation students,” Hirsch said. “Not only is advancing diversity a distinctive opportunity for the new school, but I believe it’s an important responsibility – and one we take on wholeheartedly.”

The Founding Partners Scholarship is part of this effort, she said, adding: “We’re asking people to join us in supporting our school’s first undergraduate scholarship. A gift of any amount can be contributed to this scholarship to help us further promote a culture in which an inclusive student body is able to grow and thrive.”

Part of a prescription to reshape 21st-century healthcare, the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences was approved by University of California regents on July 30 and is a pillar of UCI’s expanding Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences.

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