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

    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.

  • Arab American Pharmacist Association Endowed Scholarship

    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.

  • Bernard Thomas Downs Pharmacy Scholarship
  • Board of Visitors Endowed Scholarship

    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

    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

    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.

  • Dr. Paul Munzenberger Endowed Scholarship

    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

    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.

  • Hanley N. and Young Hee Abramson Endowed Scholarship

    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

    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.

  • John Helfman Endowed Pharmacy Scholarship Fund

    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

    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

    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.

  • Kmart Pharmacy Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Community 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.

  • Meijer Endowed Pharmacy Scholarship

    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

    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.

  • Nazih Jawad Life Rx Endowed Scholarship

    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.

  • Paul C. and Nettie Deutch Pharmacy Endowed Scholarship

    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

    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.

  • Rachael M. Duffy Memorial Endowed Scholarship

    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

    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
  • Sidney Barthwell Endowed Pharmacy Scholarship

    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

    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.

  • Walgreens Annual Scholarship

    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.