AACP Names 2023 CVS Health Minority Scholarship Winners

AACP Article

Scholarship reduces financial barriers for underrepresented minority pharmacy students.


For Immediate Release

Contact: Maureen Thielemans, 703-408-6140

Arlington, Va.—The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy has selected five underrepresented minority (URM) pharmacy students as recipients of the 2023 CVS Health Minority Scholarship recognizing their outstanding leadership, academic success, and commitment to advancing the profession of pharmacy and patient care. Each scholarship awardee will receive a one-time $8,000 scholarship.

The goal of the scholarship program is to reduce the financial barriers for URM students who are pursuing a Pharm.D. degree. The scholarship is awarded to URM students who are entering into or recently enrolled in Pharm.D. programs at AACP member institutions. URM pharmacy students are identified as Black, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and/or Pacific Islander students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

The 2023 CVS Health Minority Scholarship recipients are:

  • YiuTing Huang, University of Florida
  • Ama Boamah, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Jahlyn Hayes, University of Tennessee
  • Funmilola Olateru-Olagbegi, Notre Dame of Maryland University
  • Clinton Osei, The Ohio State University

“The CVS Health Minority Scholarship is critically important in creating and sustaining a diverse population of student pharmacists who will care for an increasingly diverse population of patients,” said Lee Vermeulen, B.S.Pharm., M.S., FCCP, FFIP, Executive Vice President and CEO of AACP. “With the support of CVS Health, together we are making significant progress toward eliminating health disparities and creating a world of healthy people.”

“Every day, our stores and pharmacies serve people from different cultures, races, ethnicities and genders,” said Prem Shah, Executive Vice President, Chief Pharmacy Officer and President, Pharmacy and Consumer Wellness, CVS Health. “Teaching future pharmacists about the importance of delivering culturally competent and ethnically responsive care are key components to ensuring we are able to meet the different needs of all our patients.”

Recipients were selected from over 450 submissions describing how their life experiences as a minority student influenced their decision to pursue a pharmacy career. Applicants described one aspect about themselves or their background to highlight how it will contribute to their success in pharmacy and the well-being of future patients. The financial relief felt by one scholarship recipient will allow him to focus on becoming the best nuclear pharmacy student and professional that he can be.