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ORLANDO, Fla. — The National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation on Monday announced the top student chapters and outstanding student chapter members at the NCPA 115th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition. Sponsored by the McKesson Foundation, the 2013 NCPA Student Chapter of the Year is the University of Texas at Austin; the first runner-up is the University of Houston; and the second runner-up is the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
In addition, the 2013 NCPA Most Improved Chapter winner is Palm Beach Atlantic University School of Pharmacy, while the University of Texas at Austin also won the Health and Wellness Challenge and Ohio Northern University won the NCPA Legislative Advocacy Challenge. The NCPA Legislative Advocacy Challenge and the Health and Wellness Challenge are projects created by the NCPA Student Leadership Council to engage NCPA student chapters in legislative and patient outreach activities in their community.
“NCPA student chapters help future pharmacists become future pharmacy owners through entrepreneurial-based programs during their collegiate experience,” stated Sharlea Leatherwood, NCPA Foundation president. "Amazingly, many of our 2013 honorees were recipients of the same awards in 2012, which is clearly an indication of the ongoing commitment to excellence of these schools.”
The award criteria included commitment to community service, recruiting new members, promoting independent community pharmacy and advocating legislative action.
In addition, 32 pharmacy students were honored as NCPA Outstanding Student Chapter Members of the Year after being nominated by their peers and faculty at each of their respective schools. All of the chapter awards are sponsored by the McKesson Foundation.