Walmart Scholars Information & Instructions

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The deadline for the 2018 AACP Walmart Scholars program is February 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EST through the online portal. Read through the following page carefully and thoroughly and feel free to download the instructions for reference. If you have questions, please contact walmartscholars@aacp.org
 

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Program Information

Description

The AACP Walmart Annual Meeting Scholarship Program (the Program) provides up to eighty-five (85) student-faculty pairs from AACP member institutions a $1,000 scholarship to support registration and other meeting expenses for the student to attend and participate in the AACP Annual Meeting and Seminars.

Goal of the Program

AACP appreciates the challenges facing the colleges and schools of pharmacy in striving to ensure there are an adequate number of well-prepared individuals who aspire to join the faculties at our expanding number of institutions across the country. The goal of the scholarship program is to strengthen the recipient’s skills and commitment to a career in academic pharmacy through their participation at the AACP Annual Meeting and Seminars.

Eligibility, Requirements, and Service to AACP

Graduate students, professional (doctoral) students, residents, and fellows, along with their faculty mentors, are eligible to apply for the travel scholarships.

*A faculty mentor may only apply with one mentee.*

Applicants must be enrolled in a professional pharmacy degree program or graduate program at an AACP regular or associate member institution, must also be an individual member of AACP, have a strong interest in enhancing their preparation for a career in academic pharmacy, have a minimum of 3.0 GPA, and be a United States citizen or permanent resident.

Please note that some preference is given to residents, fellows, and final year students. Students early in their pharmacy careers should not be discouraged from applying, as a small number of outstanding first and second year students are selected each year. Additionally, an attempt is made to balance the number of award recipients per institution as much as possible.

Awardees must provide a final report, with appropriate recognition to Walmart and AACP, on their experiences after the annual meeting and no later than August 15, 2018.

AACP leaders and staff will publicly acknowledge the pairs during the orientation and at other appropriate points in the 2018 Annual Meeting and Seminars to promote Walmart and AACP’s commitment to the recruitment and development of pharmacy faculty. Further, to assist with maximizing the experience of the scholarship pair to its fullest, logistics will be provided prior to the annual meeting that lists sessions that are both required and suggested to attend.

Scholarships (Requirements of How to Spend $1,000)

The program will provide $1,000 annual conference scholarships to up to eighty-five student-faculty pairs from AACP member institutions to attend the AACP Annual Meeting and the AACP Teachers Seminar in Boston, Massachusetts from July 21-25, 2018. The scholarship is to cover 100% of the student’s cost to register for the 2018 AACP Annual Meeting and Teachers Seminar. Beyond registration costs, the recipient pair should apply the remainder of the scholarship to airfare, lodging, and other meeting expenses for the student, as the intent of the AACP Walmart Scholarship Program is to aid the student financially. AACP does not require a report from the student as to how they plan to spend the scholarship funds.

Based on previous Walmart Scholar comments and for economic reasons, we strongly suggest that scholars share a hotel room with other students or their faculty mentor at the annual meeting. Hotel information will be available by mid-April.

Application Instructions

Application Basics

It is strongly suggested that students and mentors utilize the application login option in order to save partial information on the combined application. This will enable both parties a later return to complete the application. Students and their Mentors will need to share the login and password for the application.

In the application, * indicates a required response.

All documents for uploading are to be within the following parameters: Arial font size 11, 1-inch margins, and double spaced; 1 to 2 page maximum length, based on specifications below in parts two through five. Papers submitted outside these parameters will not be reviewed. The header feature may be utilized for named and institutions, and will not impact the parameters for document length.

Part One: Demographic Information

Name, Address, Email, Phone, AACP Member numbers for Student and Mentor, etc.

Part Two: GPA Verification

Please provide a letter from the Dean's or Registrar's Office verifying your Professional GPA (Pharm.D. Students), Graduate Degree GPA (MS/Ph.D. Students), and/or Cumulative/Undergraduate GPA. This is used in place of transcripts so that we can verify that your GPA is within the eligible limits. 

*One page maximum length

Examples of GPA Verification Letter

This letter will be uploaded into the online application.

Example 1 (Pharm.D. Candidate)

School Letter Head

Dean X
X College of Pharmacy
Address

Date

Dear AACP,

Student X is currently enrolled in the Pharm.D. program at X College of Pharmacy. Student X has cumulative GPA of 3.2. Student X's cumulative GPA in the Pharm.D. program is 3.5.

Thank you,

Dean X
X College of Pharmacy

Example 2 (Graduate student, Resident or Fellow)

Student Letter Head

Dean X
X College of Pharmacy

Date

Dear AACP,

Student X has graduated from the Pharm.D. program at X College of Pharmacy. Student X graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.2. Student X's cumulative GPA in the Pharm.D. program was 3.5.

Thanks you,

Dean X
X College of Pharmacy

Part Three: Student's Statement of Career Goals

Student's must describe their reasons for wanting to participate in this Program, their career goals, and other academic and personal attributes they may wish evaluators to consider.

*Two page maximum length

Part Four: Student's Academic Pharmacy Essay

In a one page essay, students must explain how teaching, research/scholarship, and service are essential to academic pharmacy.

*One page maximum length

Part Five: Faculty Mentor's Support of Student

Faculty mentors must describe the reasons for wanting to sponsor the student in this Program, and describe the student's qualifications and capacity to succeed in an academic career.

*Two page maximum length

Assembling the Application

All four documents from parts two through five are to be assembled into one PDF document.

The order of this document should be:

  1. GPA Verification Letter (one page maximum length)
  2. Student's Statement of Career Goals (two pages maximum length)
  3. Student's Academic Pharmacy Essay (one page maximum length)
  4. Faculty Mentor's Support of Student (two pages maximum length)

If you are unsure how to combine your documents into one PDF, there are multiple websites like wikiHow that will provide a step by step how-to.

Application Deadline

All applications must be submitted online and received by February 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Only electronic applications will be accepted.

Evaluation of Applications

Evaluation Scale

A one to ten point evaluation scale for scoring each of the evaluation criterion is used. An application meeting of all the requirements of a given criterion could receive a score of ten on that criterion. A poorly conceived application could receive a minimum score of one, where as a "strong" application could receive a maximum perfect score of 100. Only integer scores will be utilized.

Evaluation Criteria

AACP leaders will use the following criteria by which all applications will be judged. The evaluation team will look for well thought out, organized, articulate, and complete applications, with evidence that both parties have a strong interest in enhancing the student’s preparation for a career in academic pharmacy.

Credentials of the Student (weight factor = 6)

The GPA verification letter, the Student's Statement of Career Goals, and the Academic Pharmacy Essay are used for this criterion. The degree to which the student is motivated to pursue an academic career in evaluated. Evaluation involves an assessment of how closely the personal and academic credentials of the student match with the goal of the Program.

  • 5 points - Academic criteria (GPA)
  • 15 points - Career Statement/goals
    • Do the student's goals relate to the goals of the program?
    • Articulation of goals
    • Grammar
  • 5 points - Evidence of professional involvement
  • 15 points - Research/teaching experience
  • 20 points - Academic pharmacy essay

Faculty Mentor's Support of Student (weight factor = 4)

The faculty mentor's description of the student's qualifications and capacity to succeed in this type of Program is used for this criterion. The degree to which the faculty mentor believes the student will benefit from participating in the Program is evaluated.

  • 10 points - degree of mentor's engagement with the student/resident/fellow
  • 10 points - ongoing plan for mentorship
    • Definite plan for regular purposeful mentoring interaction (10 points)
    • A nonspecific mentoring plan (5 points)
    • No evidence of a mentoring plan (0 points)
  • 20 points - mentor's assessment of student's qualities or attributes that give them a higher propensity for academic pharmacy compared to other students
    • Mentor knows the student well and clearly delineates student's attributes (20 points)
    • Mentor knows the student and gives a good description of attributes (15 points)
    • Mentor knows the student but gives a limited description of attributes (10 points)
    • Mentor doesn't know the student well enough to describe attributes (0 points)

Scholarship Notification

Award Announcement

Scholarship recipients will be announced mid-April 2018.

AACP will announce the scholarship recipients in Academic Pharmacy Now, in other appropriate publications, and in a News Release for trade journals and newsletters.

Awarded Funds

Funds will be forwarded to the student (or the student's institution) on or shortly after May 15, 2018.

Publicity of recipients

AACP will arrange for publicity of the recipients at the AACP Annual Meeting and Seminars. A sample listing of events from those required and suggested based on prior meetings:

  • AACP Walmart Scholars Orientation (Saturday, July 21, 2018)
  • Teachers Seminar (Saturday, July 21, 2018)
  • Graduate Student Program (Saturday, July 21, 2018)
  • Council of Faculties & Department Chairs Welcome Reception (Sunday evening, July 22, 2018)
  • Attendance at two Poster Sessions (Sunday, July 22, and Monday, July 23, 2018)
  • Innovations in Teaching Award (Tuesday, July 24, 2018)
Instructions for Student's Evaluation of Experience

Any student who receives a Walmart Scholars Program scholarship will be required to complete an evaluation of their experience and the program. Evaluations must be completed by the student and emailed to walmartscholars@aacp.org by COB August 15, 2018. Electronic signatures are acceptable.

Please note that excerpts from your evaluations may be used in AACP-related publications such as Academic Pharmacy Now and/or forwarded to AACP and Walmart leaders.

Evaluations should be two to three pages in length, and include the following:

  1. Personal impressions of the AACP Teachers Seminar
  2. Personal impressions of the AACP Annual Meeting
  3. Your reasons for pursuing a career in academic pharmacy
  4. The impact of the experience on your personal, academic, and career goals
  5. Other comments and impressions of the Program, including suggestions for improvement
  6. Your Faculty-Mentor's signature