Pharmacy Funding

A substantial new scholarship program will support first-year students in the College of Pharmacy


Already one of the top programs in the country—currently ranked No. 14 by U.S. News & World Report—the U’s College of Pharmacy is about to become even more appealing to entering students. The new First Year Free scholarship initiative will grant one-year, full-tuition scholarships to all first-year students, beginning fall 2023. This is made possible thanks to a generous grant from The ALSAM Foundation, founded by L. S. and Aline W. Skaggs.

First Year Free scholarships will be available to first-year students regardless of residency status and will slash the overall tuition cost of a four-year PharmD degree by at least 25 percent. After their first year, nonresident students in the PharmD program may qualify for in-state tuition until they graduate. Additionally, students may still apply for other earned scholarship opportunities for years two through four.

“As the first pharmacy school in the U.S. to provide full-tuition scholarships to all first-year students, we expect this initiative will quickly make the U a destination for top students from around the nation,” says Randall T. Peterson, dean of the College of Pharmacy. “Our students are already among the best. The First Year Free initiative will ensure that tradition continues long into the future.”

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