When she was just 4 years old, Shea Manigo’s mother’s heart failed. That experience led Manigo to a lifetime of leadership in health care.
“From the earliest I can remember, I wanted to save other moms,” Manigo said. “That was my goal in life.”
Manigo’s continued work in community pharmacy allowed her to bridge pharmacy and leadership at Kmart and beyond.
Manigo, a firm believer that people have to be the change that they want to see, knew she wanted to do something to honor her mother’s legacy. Established in 2021, a scholarship fund was a way to help support students for generations to come. (The fund is not associated with Manigo’s work at CVS Health.)
“Our ambition in creating the fund was to serve others,” Manigo said. “But our goal was not just to lighten the load, but to plant seeds that would hopefully multiply because if we can transfer inspiration to someone else, maybe they’ll do the same thing.”
Awarded annually in the fall, the Annie Lee Jerido Williams Minorities in Pharmacy Lowcountry Endowment and Scholarship Fund is an endowed need-based scholarship created to support minority students at the Medical University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy.
Manigo said the fund has been a great way to invest in two things she’s passionate about: the profession of pharmacy and investing in our future. “I didn’t know much about endowment and scholarships, and I think if people knew more they would consider it,” she said. “Oftentimes, when we look back over our lives, I think most people are purpose driven and they want to do something to help.”