At Drake, we offer financial aid that is designed to reward your academic achievement and also to help meet your family’s level of financial need. You may find that you qualify for both merit-based and financial need-based awards. We make every effort to provide the most complete financial aid package to you in your first award notice. 

Please visit our Office of Student Financial Planning for all your general scholarship inquiries.

Pharmacy Program Scholarships

Each year, CPHS has many scholarships available for current students who will be entering their P3 and P4 academic years. Applications become available December 1 and are due on February 1. Scholarships are awarded each year at the Annual Pharmacy and Health Sciences Day.

Scholarship NameDescription
Gloria Bernstein Scholarship Established by alumnus Gloria Bernstein. Presented to an LKS member interested in community pharmacy.
Catalyst Rx Scholarship Presented to students with an interest in managed care pharmacy.
CVS Charitable Trust Incorporated Scholarships Presented to students in good academic standing who are interested in a career in community pharmacy practice.
Kenneth & Helen Hartig Memorial Scholarship Established by Dick Hartig in honor of his parents, Kenneth & Helen Hartig. Presented to a student from Iowa with strong character befitting of a pharmacy professional.
Iowa Pharmacy Foundation Scholarships Presented to students involved professionally in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Iowa Pharmacy Foundation – Eggleston/Granberg Golf Outing Scholarship
Presented to students involved professionally in the College; preference is given to students who participated in the annual golf outing event.
James Wetzeler Scholarship In honor of James Wetzeler, previous preceptor of Drake students, For a student interested in independent community pharmacy.
John & Melissa Corrigan Scholarship Award Established by John & Melissa Corrigan to honor Melissa’s contributions to the profession of pharmacy through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Preference is given to a student who has earned PTCB certification or is working as a pharmacy technician.
National Association of Chain Drug Stores Scholarships Awarded to outstanding students with an interest in community pharmacy practice.
Medicap GRX Scholarships Established by alumni Mike Ohnemus and Greg Johannsen for students with an interest in community pharmacy and who are from Polk, Madison, Dallas, Story, Marion, or Warren counties. 
OSCO Scholarships Awarded to students in good academic standing and interest in community pharmacy.
PharmD Scholarships Presented to a P3 student with financial need.
Plough Foundation Scholarships Students who meet criteria established may be awarded scholarships from the Plough Pharmacy Student Scholarship Fund. Criteria for selection include scholarship, financial need and leadership. Recipients of the awards are designated as Plough Scholars.
Richard & Brenda Hartig Scholarship Established by alumnus and President of Hartig Drug, Richard Hartig. Preference is given to those students residing near Hartig store locations.
ShopKo Scholarship Presented to a student with high scholastic achievement, outstanding leadership abilities, and a desire to practice in the community setting.
James G. Synder Scholarship Presented to a student who enhances the diversity goals of CPHS.
Walgreen Co. Scholarship Scholarships are awarded to students who are interns employed by Walgreens or have an interest in community practice. Special awards are presented to students who have engaged in research that has benefited community pharmacy practice.
Walgreen Co. Diversity Scholarship Presented to a student who actively promotes pharmacy, exhibits professionalism, and promotes diversity.
Wal-Mart Pharmacy Scholarship Presented to students interested in community pharmacy practice who demonstrate high academic standing and strength in leadership.


The following scholarships are available to incoming P1 students.

Scholarship NameDescription
Bryl C. Benton Memorial Scholarships In honor of Bryl Benton, Dean of the College from 1949-1977. Awarded to an incoming P1 student with a prior Bachelor of Science degree.
Pursuit Scholarship Awarded to a student who has earned a prior Bachelor of Science degree and provides diversity to the College.
Reisetter Scholarship Established by alumnus Brian Reisetter. Awarded to a student who enhances the diversity goals of the College.
Verdun Scholarship Established by alumnus Patrick Verdun and spouse Annette Verdun.  Awarded to a student who is from a rural community or enhances the diversity goals of the College.


Other Pharmacy Scholarship Opportunities

The following scholarship deadlines are updated on an annual basis. 

Scholarship NameDescriptionDeadline
After College Pharmacy Scholarship End of September
Air Force PharmD Scholarship Air Force Scholarship Info Ongoing
The Alaska Pharmacists Association Nov. 1
APhA - Pharmacy Student Scholarship Must be a P2, P3 or P4; member of APha-ASP; GPA of 2.75; application required
Central Illinois Pharmaceutical Association

Central Illinois Pharmaceutical Association Scholarship application
Send to:

Early June
Cobb (J.C. and Rheba) Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Government Affairs  March 15
Coulee Region Pharmacy Association Scholarship

This award is open to anyone attending an accredited school of pharmacy during the 2016-2017 academic year, but preference will be given to local residents or students who are related to one of our members. The Coulee Region Pharmacy Association is a local independent group from the La Crosse, WI area that is made up of pharmacists and technicians and serves as a forum to address local health care issues and support the community. Our members practice in a variety of setings from chain and independent pharmacies to hospital and managed care. As for further details regarding the schoarlship, it will be a minimum of $500 dollars. Coulee Scholarship Application 2016-17


April 15
CVS Health/NMF Pharm.D. Scholarship

Supports African American studens who are in financial need and display a commitment to practicing in a community setting, this award provides $2,500 to one student pursuing a doctoral degree in pharmacy. Application opens April 24, 2017.


Des Moines Women's Club

$1,000 scholarship for the 2017-2018 school year to a female student who is currently enrolled as a full-time student in a college or universitym pursuing a degree in a health-related field.
January 19, 2018

Express Scripts Scholars Program

(Dual Degree)

Scholarship Opportunity for Dual Degree Students
Applications are now being accepted for the Express Scripts Scholars Program. The program will provide four (4) $10,000 scholarships each year to enrolled dual degree students. The awarded students are given $2,500 per semester for four consecutive semesters, totaling $10,000 over two years. For application instructions, please visit the AACP Web site. Contact:
Mid May
Lou Carta Scholarship

The Southwest Iowa Pharmacists Association, based in Council Bluffs, makes this scholarship available each year. The scholarship is named after Carta, now deceased, who was an area pharmacist and longtime board member of the association. $1000 will be awarded as one individual scholarship applicable to the fall 2018 term. Those eligible for the scholarship are students currently enrolled in their second year or above in a school of pharmacy who have a minimum GPA of 2.5.  Each applicant's hometown must be within approximately 100 miles of the Council Bluffs/Omaha metropolitan area. A committee appointed by the association will conduct personal interviews to select the recipient.

December 15, 2017
Midwest Chapter of Society of Cosmetic Chemists Multiple Scholarships of $1000 each will be offered for 2017.
Undergraduate or Graduate student currently enrolled.
Must be recommended by a faculty member.
For more information go to:
NCPA Foundation Scholarships April 15
NCPA Foundation Presidential Scholarship Student member of NCPA; Interest in independent pharmacy, extracurricular activities, scholastic success as measured by current college transcripts
NCPA Willard B. Simmons Memorial Scholarship Student member of NCPA; demonstrated interest in independent pharmacy, extracurricular activities, scholastic success as measured by current college transcripts
NCPDP Foundation The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs Foundation Scholarship Fund is awarding three $1,000 scholarships to support students seeking to learn more about pharmacy's role in information technology and information technology's role in improving patient safety and health outcomes. For the application form and additional information, please visit the NCPDP Foundation Web site. June 5
Novo Nordisk Pharmacy Practice Diabetes Scholarship Program P3 or P4, designed to engage students in projects that could lead to a decrease in the morbidity and mortality and improved the quality of life of persons with diabetes
$4,500 - $5,000
Pharmacists Mutual Community Pharmacy Scholarship program To be eligible, pharmacy students must be at least a P3 and plan to practice in:
• an independent or small chain community pharmacy, or
• an underserved geographic or cultural community, preferably in an independent or small chain community pharmacy.

Interested students will submit an electronic application, college transcript, letter of recommendation from a faculty member or advisor, and an essay describing their interest in practicing in an independent or small chain community setting or in an underserved community. Their essay should describe steps they have taken to prepare themselves for their chosen practice setting. The essay, reference information and transcript must be submitted electronically. students can access the scholarship application and submit the required documents via the Pharmacists Mutual website at:
Dec 1
Pruitt (Neil Sr.) Memorial Scholarship in Entrepreneurism March 15
ALL SNPhA Scholarships  Varies


Travel Funding/Awards

The following scholarship deadlines are updated on an annual basis.
These awards can be used for travel expenses with the stipulations provided

Award NameDescriptionDeadline

The Walbride Medical
Mission Trip Travel Award

The Walbridge Medical Mission/International Community Service Trip Travel Award is supported by Mary Walbridge, PH'74, and exemplifies her commitment to community service and medical missions, higher education, as well as to future generations of Drake pharmacy students.

Criteria for Receiving the Travel Award:

1)  Travel on a medical mission or international community service trip for which academic credit is not being received.
2)  Able to obtain a receipt for travel expenses incurred.
3)  Approval of National Meeting/Travel Form (see
4)  Upon approval and completion of trip, completion of the travel reimbursement form (information sent following submission of the National Meeting/Travel Form).

The amount of the award is expected to be approximately $500, depending on the number of individuals requesting travel support.