Scholarships

Private scholarships are awarded for outstanding achievement to Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences students who are in good academic standing, based on criteria determined by the contributors and recommendations from faculty.  To make a gift to a private scholarship please note the fund in the "Other designation or notes about gift" field on the online giving form or indicate the fund in the memo of your check.

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  • Alfred Berkowitz Endowed Pharmacy Scholarship

    Department: Pharmacy

    About the Donor

    Alfred Berkowitz received his R.Ph. from Detroit Institute of Technology. He was a registered pharmacist and served in the army during World War II. Although Mr. Berkowitz did not spend his career in the pharmacy industry he kept an active professional license throughout his life. Mr. Berkowitz founded Enterprise Industrial Sales, a vendor of steel to suppliers in the automotive industry. Mr. Berkowitz believed in supporting the educational community of Southeast Michigan. He was a generous donor of Wayne State University's pharmacy program and a gallery of crystal pieces at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Mr. Berkowitz was recognized with an honorary degree from Wayne State University in 1996.

  • American Board of Funeral Service Education Scholarships

    Department: Mortuary Science

    About the Donor

    American Board of Funeral Service Education website

  • Arab American Pharmacist Association Endowed Scholarship

    Department: Pharmacy

    About the Donor

    The Arab American Pharmacist Association (AAPA) established this scholarship to support future pharmacy leaders. The AAPA creates and promotes collaborative relationships among Arab American pharmacists to benefit patient care. The AAPA have supported over 100 students since their scholarship was created in 2009.

  • Arline Ethel Trabman Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Occupational Therapy

    Department: Occupational Therapy

    About the Donor

    Bernice Trabman created this endowed scholarship in Occupational Therapy to honor her sister's personal and professional accomplishments. She felt that she could honor her sister's memory by providing educational opportunities for current occupational therapy students. Arline graduated from WSU in 1950 with a degree in education, but her first love was Occupational Therapy.

  • Barbara Henderson Miller Scholarship in Occupational Therapy

    Department: Occupational Therapy

    About the Donor

    Barbara Henderson Miller graduated from Wayne State University's occupational therapy program in 1959. Mrs. Miller's career as an occupational therapist spanned more than 22 years working with toddlers, preteens and adults at Detroit Receiving, Sinai and Beaumont Hospitals and the Society for Crippled Children and Adults. Mrs. Miller received a wonderful education from Wayne State University and created her scholarship, with the support of her husband George, to help others. Mrs. Miller passed away in 2013 and had directed a very generous estate gift toward her endowed scholarship. Mr. Miller continues to support our occupational therapy students in memory of his wife.

  • Barbara Jewett Endowed Scholarship in Occupational Therapy

    Department: Occupational Therapy

    About the Donor

    Barbara Jewett was the first Program Director, Fieldwork Coordinator and Educator for the Occupational Therapy program. Ms. Jewett served in this leadership role for many years. She was a pioneer and advocate for the profession. Ms. Jewett's leadership made her a role model for the profession throughout the Detroit community. Mrs. Jewett's endowed scholarship was created through a generous estate gift.

  • Bernard Thomas Downs Pharmacy Scholarship

    Department: Pharmacy

  • Board of Visitors Endowed Scholarship

    Department:

    About the Donor

    The Board of Visitors Endowed Scholarship was created in January 2012 through contributions from the members of the board of visitors. The intent of the board of visitors is to provide tuition assistance to a deserving student that shows great promise for making a difference in their profession.

  • CVS Health Foundation Annual Scholarship

    Department: Pharmacy

    About the Donor

    In 1998 CVS acquired 200 stores from Michigan based Arbor Drugs marking its entry into the Michigan market. The CVS Health Foundation Annual Scholarship was established in 2007 and the college continues to receive annual support for student scholarships each year.

  • CVS/pharmacy Scholarship

    Department: Pharmacy

    About the Donor

    Headquartered in Woonsocket, Rhode Island CVS Caremark opened its first retail store in 1963 and is now operating more than 7,000 stores in 44 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In 1998 CVS acquired 200 stores from Arbor Drugs of Michigan marking its entry into Michigan and gaining an instant competitive advantage in the Detroit market. CVS stores fill nearly one in five prescriptions nationwide having the #1 or #2 market share positions in 20 of the top 25 U.S. drugstore markets.

  • Christine Ford Annual Scholarship

    Department: Clinical Laboratory Science

    About the Donor

    Christine Ford began working at Wayne State University in 1971 and served as the secretary for the Clinical Laboratory Science program for 36 years. She loved helping people, especially students. Honored in a Life@Wayne article for being an "unsung hero," she championed the average student and would advocate for anyone needing assistance with getting through any red tape. Generous graduates, colleagues and friends, who were inspired by her selfless, caring spirit and dedication to our students, created the Christine A. Ford Annual Scholarship.

  • David Thornton and Dr. Bonnie Thornton Endowed Scholarship

    Department: Occupational Therapy

    About the Donor

    Karen Thornton has been caring for others for nearly 50 years of her life. Unfortunate events in her life have only served to increase her generosity and her drive to help others. The tragic passing of her husband in a preventable accident at a local auto plant followed by the untimely loss f her daughter to cancer motivated Karen to get more involved in the work at the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. In 2012 Karen established this endowed scholarship to honor her late husband and daughter. She chose occupational therapy in part because her physically and mentaly handicapped niece Brianna has benefitted from occupational therapy over the years.

  • Dr. Alexander Wallace III and M. Ann Wallace Endowed Scholarship

    Department: Clinical Laboratory Science

    About the Donor

    Ms. Ann Wallace established a scholarship as a tribute to her brother Dr. Alexander Wallace III who was a physician. Ms. Wallace received her Master of Science degree in Medical Technology in 1973. She subsequently taught in the department for 25 years and retired in 1998. Ms. Wallace left a significant portion of her estate to support Clinical Laboratory Science students in perpetuity.

  • Dr. Harvey S. Wilks Endowed Scholarship

    Department: Pathologists' Assistant

    About the Donor

    Dr. Harvey S. Wilks was gifted intellectually and artistically. He was thoughtful and serious with a dry sense of humor. He worked hard to do well in all his endeavors. Following his military service he studied to be a forensic pathologist. He loved the challenge of determining the cause of a death. He was serving as Deputy County Medical Examiner for Wayne County, Michigan at his untimely death. Harvey's sister, Toby Wilks Friedman and her husband Dan established this endowed scholarship in memory of Harvey and in recognition of his passion for his work.

  • Dr. Martha E. Schnebly Endowed Scholarship

    Department: Occupational Therapy

    About the Donor

    Martha Schnebly is a former Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy and a former Deputy Dean of the College. Dr. Schnebly strongly believed that research findings could have an impact on the practice of occupational therapy. Her professional legacy and generosity have significantly influenced the advancement of the Occupational Therapy program at Wayne State University.

  • Dr. Paul Munzenberger Endowed Scholarship

    Department: Pharmacy

    About the Donor

    This scholarship was created through the generosity of friends and colleagues of Dr. Paul Munzenberger and in celebration of his many contributions as a member of the faculty of the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Dr. Munzenberger retired from the department of pharmacy in 2010 after 40 years of service as a member of the faculty. During his tenure he also practiced at Children's Hospital of Michigan with specialized interest in asthma/allergic diseases.

  • EACPHS Diversity Advisory Board Endowed Scholarship

    Department:

    About the Donor

    Contributions from the Diversity Advisory Board (DAB) created this endowed scholarship with the intent of furthering the education of underrepresented students in the area of pharmacy and health sciences.

  • Frank O. Taylor Pharmacy Scholarship

    Department: Pharmaceutical Sciences

    About the Donor

    The Frank O. Taylor endowed scholarship was established upon his death through a generous gift from his estate. This scholarship is awarded to students working in the pharmaceutical sciences.

  • Funeral Service Foundation

    Department: Mortuary Science

    About the Donor

    Funeral Service Foundation website

  • George Fuller Endowed Scholarship

    Department: Pharmaceutical Sciences

    About the Donor

    This scholarship was established to honor Dean George C. Fuller by his family and friends. Through his great vision and leadership, Dr. Fuller ushered the Wayne State College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions into the 21st century as Dean from 1988 – 2000. He rose to the rank of Professor at the University of Rhode Island after earning BS and MS degrees from Wayne State and a PhD from Purdue University. Dr. Fuller was honored as Alumnus of the Year by Purdue and Wayne State. Before returning to Wayne State, he led pharmacology and molecular/cell biology research programs in allergy, inflammation, cardiovascular and connective tissue diseases for G.D. Searle & Co.

  • Gordon Wilson Rose Endowed Memorial Scholarship

    Department: Mortuary Science

    About the Donor

    Dr. Rose was an epidemiologist and licensed funeral director who devoted his career to education and research. He served as the Department Chairman for the mortuary science program from 1986-1991. Dr. Rose traveled worldwide as a consultant to funeral service, private industry and the US Air Force while continuing his studies in the effect of fungal diseases on humans and animals. Dr. Rose helped shape the lives of countless students, he was an expert in the field, a professional, teacher and friend to many.

  • Hanley N. and Young Hee Abramson Endowed Scholarship

    Department: Pharmacy

    About the Donor

    Dr. Hanley Abramson is a 1962 graduate of the Wayne State University College of Pharmacy. Dr. Abramson and his wife Young Hee established this generous scholarship in the pharmacy program in 2011. Dr. Abramson retired in 2018, after more than 50 years of dedicated service to Wayne State as a researcher and professor in the pharmacy program. Dr. Abramson also held various other leadership positions at the college. Young Hee has dedicated her career to teaching 5-8 year olds in a Montessori school. Hanley and Young Hee's strong appreciation for education and desire to support students who need financial assistance in completing their PharmD degree moved them to create the Hanley N. and Young Hee Abramson Endowed Scholarship.

  • Harry and Belle Elkiss Annual Scholarship in Pharmacy

    Department: Pharmacy

    About the Donor

    Terry Elkiss created this annual scholarship in honor of his parents Harry and Belle who were 1940 graduates of the WSU pharmacy program. Mr. and Mrs. Elkiss were born and raised in the city of Detroit and practiced pharmacy in the area for over 40 years. Mrs. Elkiss, the youngest female graduate of the pharmacy school, opened a pharmacy at Pontiac General Hospital at the age of 23. Both Mr. and Mrs. Elkiss practiced pharmacy until their deaths in 2006 and 2009. Education is very important to Terry and he truly enjoys being able to support pharmacy students with their tuition costs.

  • International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards Inc.

    Department: Mortuary Science

    About the Donor

    Conference website

  • International Order of the Golden Rule

    Department: Mortuary Science

    About the Donor

    Order of the Golden Rule website

  • John Helfman Endowed Pharmacy Scholarship Fund

    Department: Pharmacy

    About the Donor

    This scholarship was established in 1974 by the Helfman family. It was their intention to provide financial assistance to students in the pharmacy program.

  • Joseph S. Katz Memorial Endowed Scholarship

    Department: Pharmacy

    About the Donor

    Mrs. Fern Katz established the Joseph S. Katz Endowed Scholarship in memory of her late husband, Joseph Katz. Mr. Katz enrolled in Wayne State's College of Pharmacy in 1959 after becoming dissatisfied as a bacteriologist for a pharmaceutical company. After graduation Mr. Katz worked for Arnold Drugs before opening his own pharmacy, the Town Center Pharmacy, in Southfield, Michigan. In 1994, Mr. Katz sold the pharmacy and retired. Mr. and Mrs. Katz were married for more than 51 years at his death and had three children and four grandchildren.

  • Joseph and Linda Ringer Endowed Scholarship

    Department: Pharmacy

    About the Donor

    Joe and Linda Ringer are both 1982 graduates of Wayne State University's pharmacy program. After graduating They created this scholarship to give back for the financial support they received as students and in recognition of the benefits they have received by staying connected to the pharmacy program over the years. The Ringer's have a strong appreciation for education and wish to support students while completing their degree requirements. Students applying for this scholarship should consider their role in providing financial support to Wayne State after graduation in order to assist future students.

  • Katherine M. Beattie CLS Endowed Scholarship

    Department: Clinical Laboratory Science

    About the Donor

    Kay Beattie graduated with a BS degree in medical technology from Wayne State University in 1943. Her first position was at Children's Hospital of Michigan. She was promoted to supervisor of the Blood Bank before becoming the co-director of the Michigan Community Blood Center in Detroit and then the director of the reference laboratory and education at the American Red Cross until she retired to Florida in 1988. Throughout her 45 year career, Kay was active at the local, state and national levels and was honored by her peers. Kay had a passion for education and wanted to help students in the future achieve their academic goals. Kay established this scholarship with a gift from her estate.

  • Kaye J. Schlomer Endowed Scholarship for Occupational Therapy

    Department: Occupational Therapy

    About the Donor

    A 1961 Occupational Therapy graduate, Kaye J. Schlomer left a very significant estate gift to fund endowed scholarships in both occupational and physical therapy. These scholarships recognize scholastic achievement, encourage continued progress and provide financial assistance to students.

  • Kaye J. Schlomer Endowed Scholarship for Physical Therapy

    Department: Physical Therapy

    About the Donor

    A 1961 occupational therapy graduate, Kaye J. Schlomer left her estate to fund endowed scholarships in both occupational and physical therapy. These scholarships were established to recognize scholastic achievement, encourage continued progress, and to provide financial assistance to students.

  • Kaye J. Schlomer Endowed Scholarship for Physical Therapy

    Department: Physical Therapy

    About the Donor

    A 1961 Occupational Therapy graduate, Kaye J. Schlomer left a very significant estate gift to fund endowed scholarships in both occupational and physical therapy. These scholarships recognize scholastic achievement, encourage continued progress and provide financial assistance to students.

  • Kmart Pharmacy Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Community Pharmacy

    Department: Pharmacy

    About the Donor

    The first Kmart store opened in Garden City, Michigan in 1962. Today, Kmart is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation. There are over 1,000 Kmart stores in operation and the majority include an in-store pharmacy.

  • Lara M. Rutan Endowed Scholarship

    Department: Physician Assistant

    About the Donor

    The Lara M. Rutan Endowed Scholarship was established by Lara's parents, Rick and Judy Rutan, through the generosity of family and friends. Lara graduated with a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Wayne State University in May 2005. Her life was tragically taken in a car accident in September of that same year. Lara served as the president of the Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2005, she was a people person, always upbeat and had a gift for being able to help others see and achieve the best in themselves. This scholarship serves as a legacy to Lara and an opportunity to assist students in the Physician Assistant Studies program.

  • Meijer Endowed Pharmacy Scholarship

    Department: Pharmacy

    About the Donor

    In 1934 a modest barber saw a need to provide groceries to the community and opened a small grocery in Greenville, Michigan. In 1962 Meijer opened its first supercenter which now offers a complete shopping experience with more than 40 departments including pharmacy. Meijer established this endowed scholarship to promote the pharmacy profession in Michigan, to encourage continued progress and provide assistance in financing education.

  • Melvin F. W. Dunker Endowed Scholarship

    Department: Pharmacy

    About the Donor

    This endowed scholarship was created through the generosity of Hanley N. and Young Hee Abramson to honor and recognize a beloved colleague of Dr. Abramson's, Professor Melvin Dunker. Professor Dunker was a challenging and respected teacher who was a member of the Wayne State pharmacy faculty for 36 years. Professor Dunker passed away in the summer of 2011 at the age of 98.

  • Michigan Funeral Directors Association Endowed Scholarship

    Department: Mortuary Science

    About the Donor

    Founded in 1880, the Michigan Funeral Directors Association (MFDA) is the nation's oldest organization of funeral professionals. MFDA currently represents roughly 1,300 funeral directors serving 650 funeral homes statewide, representing more than three-quarters of all mortuary science licensees in Michigan. A private professional association, MFDA seeks to enhance the value of funeral service and the profession through government advocacy, public information, professional education, and member communication programs.

  • Michigan Mortuary Science Foundation Scholarship

    Department: Mortuary Science

    About the Donor

    MDFA website

  • National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association

    Department: Mortuary Science

    About the Donor

    NFDMA scholarship information

  • Nazih Jawad Life Rx Endowed Scholarship

    Department: Pharmacy

    About the Donor

    Wayne State pharmacy alum, Nazih Jawad, and his wife Jihan along with the board of Life Rx created this endowed scholarship as a way to recognize scholastic achievement, encourage continued progress and provide assistance to students in financing their education in Wayne State's PharmD program. Life Rx was founded in 2011 as an independent pharmacy group. Life Rx strives to support the advancement of health care, public health, patient care and all interests that serve both the medical and pharmacy professions.

  • Nelson-MacLellan Endowed Scholarship

    Department: Mortuary Science

    About the Donor

    Sigurd Nelson and Sheila MacLellan met while students at Wayne State in 1958. He was a mortuary science student and her interests were in elementary education and singing. Dr. Nelson worked as a mortician in Marquette until 1962 and then returned to school to receive an MS and PhD in zoology. Dr. Nelson spent much of his academic career as a faculty member at State University of New York College at Oswego where he became the department chairperson and held other leadership positions. Sheila taught special education for 31 years and introduced the concept of mainstreaming these students long before state mandates.

  • Newcomer Funeral Service Group

    Department: Mortuary Science

    About the Donor

    Newcomer website

  • Paul C. and Nettie Deutch Pharmacy Endowed Scholarship

    Department: Pharmacy

    About the Donor

    Mr. Paul Deutch opened his first drug store, Paul's Cutrate Drugs, in Detroit at 19 years old. It became one of Detroit's most popular business establishments. He was known as "Doc Paul" to his customers. Doc Paul cared very deeply about what he did and about his customers. He opened the store early every morning and continued to work in his failing health. Education was very important to him and he was known for encouraging young people to attend college. Mrs. Nettie Deutch was a perfect mate for her husband Paul. Nettie worked hard to make a difference in the community. Nettie established a scholarship in memory of her husband Paul when he passed in 1979. When Nettie passed away in 1999, her children Deena Fishman and Shirley Altman expanded their support by creating a fund to provide grants for education resources. Then in 2017, after Shirley Altman passed away, Deena chose to combine both endowments in order to provide more significant scholarship support to pharmacy students.

  • Paul C. and Nettie Deutch Scholarship Endowment Fund

    Department: Pharmacy

    About the Donor

    Mrs. Deena Fishman and Mrs. Shirley Altman created this endowment in the college of pharmacy to honor their parents Nettie and Paul Deutch. Mr. Deutch was a pharmacist and founder of Paul’s Cutrate Drugs in Detroit.

  • Physical Therapy Founders Endowment

    Department: Physical Therapy

    About the Donor

    This fund was created through the generosity of Beverly Schmoll, former dean of the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and member of the first graduating class in physical therapy, to honor the founding faculty George Andrews and Jean Cuthbertson, and the founding students of the physical therapy program at Wayne State University.

  • Rachael M. Duffy Memorial Endowed Scholarship

    Department: Pharmacy

    About the Donor

    This scholarship was created with generous gifts from faculty, staff, students, friends and family to honor the memory of pharmacy student, Rachael M. Duffy. Born with a congenital heart defect, Rachael underwent her first surgery at four years of age. Rachel worked her entire life to raise awareness of heart disease and always found time to participate in the annual Heart Walk. Rachael was 23 and in her third year of the pharmacy program at her untimely death from a blood clot.

  • Rite Aid Corporation, Inc., Scholarship

    Department: Pharmacy

    About the Donor

    Rite Aid opened its first store in Scranton, PA in 1962. In 1995 Rite Aid acquired Perry Drug Stores, the largest drugstore chain in Michigan and the largest acquisition for Rite Aid at the time increasing the number of stores to nearly 3,000. Today Rite Aid is one of the nation's leading drugstore chains with approximately 4,700 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia. Rite Aid is the largest drugstore chain on the East Coast and the third largest in the U.S.

  • Robert Rembisz Memorial Pharmacy Scholarship

    Department: Pharmacy

  • Selected Independent Funeral Homes

    Department: Mortuary Science

    About the Donor

    Selected Trust website

  • Service Corporation International Scholarship

    Department: Mortuary Science

    About the Donor

    SCI website

  • Sidney Barthwell Endowed Pharmacy Scholarship

    Department: Pharmacy

    About the Donor

    Sidney Barthwell graduated from City College of Detroit (now Wayne State University) in 1929 with his B.S. in pharmacy. In the years following his graduation, Mr. Barthwell went on to establish the largest chain of African-American owned drug stores in the United States. His Detroit based business grew to include nine drug stores, one patent medicine store and three ice cream parlors (Barthwell Ice Cream). Mr. Barthwell was also an important civic leader. Throughout his long career, Mr. Barthwell always worked within the community to improve the lives of those around him. It is in this spirit that this endowed scholarship fund was established.

  • The Geralynn and Alan Smith Endowed Scholarship

    Department: Pharmacy

    About the Donor

    Geralynn B. Smith, a pharmacist by profession, spent the last 20 years of her career at Wayne State University in the pharmacy program. Alan Smith was a market analyst for General Motors. Geralynn, with Alan's encouragement, was very committed to providing care and hope to those in need in the community, enhancing the development of student pharmacists to provide quality service to their patients and community, and motivating and mentoring students to grow as innovative leaders for the profession. To continue Geralynn's dream and to further enhance student pharmacists' professional development and service to the community, Geralynn and Alan created the Geralynn and Alan Smith Endowment Scholarship in the pharmacy program.

  • The Karen L. and Peter D. Frade Endowed Scholarship

    Department: Pathologists' Assistant

    About the Donor

    Peter D. Frade is a life-long Detroiter. He grew up and still lives in the home that his parents originally built in the early 1930s in Detroit. Peter attended Cass Tech High School where he graduated with a dual major in science and music. Peter began his undergraduate degree at Wayne State University in 1964 and graduated with a BS in Chemistry in 1968. Upon graduation, Peter began his career at Henry Ford Hospital in the pharmacology and toxicology division in the department of pathology. Peter obtained both his Master's degree in Chemistry (1971) and his Ph.D. in Chemistry (1978) from Wayne State. Karen (Kovich) Frade, a Detroit native, graduated from Wayne State University with a BA '92, BSN '96, and M.Ed. in 2001. Karen began her career as a research assistant at Henry Ford Hospital, spending many years in the Neurology Research department. After returning to WSU to obtain her BSN, Karen returned to Henry Ford Hospital as a nurse primarily working in the Gastroenterology Department. Karen has spent many years teaching as an adjunct faculty member in the EACPHS as well as the College of Education. As a student, Karen received numerous scholarships and financial awards throughout her education and feels strongly about supporting students working hard to achieve their educational goals. In the summer of 1991 Peter and Karen, both employees of Henry Ford Hospital at the time, met in the elevator and immediately connected around their love for organic chemistry. They were married 8 months later. That same year Peter started teaching part-time in the pharmacy, mortuary science and pathologists' assistant programs. In 1996 Peter was offered a full-time position in the former Department of Mortuary Science which later became the Department of Fundamental and Applied Sciences at Wayne State University. Peter has served in various leadership positions in the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences including Chair, Fundamental and Applied Sciences and as Associate Dean for the EACPHS. Peter and Karen are beloved by their current and former students as well as their Colleagues. The college is forever grateful for the generosity and dedicating to Wayne State University and its programs.

  • Walgreens Annual Scholarship

    Department: Pharmacy

    About the Donor

    Charles Walgreen began his first drugstore in 1901 in Chicago. By 1929 Walgreens operated 525 stores in New York City, Florida and other major markets. This growth was in large part to Walgreen’s effort to differentiate his stores with the addition of the malted milk shake and exceptional customer service. Today, Walgreens opens 425 new stores each year exceeding 7,000 total stores. This scholarship was created to support students engaged in efforts to promote diversity and community awareness.