ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy has announced the 2014 recipient of its prestigious Distinguished Service Award. AACP has selected Walmart for its decade of support for faculty recruitment through the AACP Walmart Scholars Program.
The program provides $1,000 scholarships to student-faculty pairs from AACP member institutions to attend the Annual Meeting, with the goal of strengthening the recipient’s skills and commitment to a career in academic pharmacy.
The AACP Board of Directors specifically recognized David D. Trang, Pharm.D., MBA, now on faculty at the University of the Incarnate Word, for his contributions in starting this program while in management at Walmart. The award will be presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting, to be held July 26-30, in Grapevine, Texas.
“At Walmart and Sam’s Club Health & Wellness, it is our responsibility to make a positive impact on the communities that we serve, to make quality healthcare more affordable and accessible, and to simply create opportunities for our customers and patients to live better,” stated Richard Rothman, R.Ph., Director of Talent Acquisition-Health and Wellness for Walmart Stores. “Healthcare begins with the patient, and it is important to give back to the institutions that have educated our pharmacists. We celebrate our 10 year partnership with AACP, which has produced more than 600 future faculty, and we are especially honored to receive the 2014 AACP Distinguished Service Award.”
“It is remarkable that Walmart saw the connection between having adequate numbers of well-prepared faculty in pharmacy schools and their own core priorities as a healthcare company,” said Lucinda L. Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph., Executive Vice President and CEO of AACP. “When David Trang approached AACP indicating that he felt the company should support efforts to make academic careers compelling to our top students, we could never imagine that this program could touch so many lives. It is a privilege to be in partnership with Walmart for more than a decade.”
The AACP Annual Meeting, Pharmacy Education 2014, will be held July 26-30 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center. The conference offers educational programming, exhibits, networking events and award presentations. Registration fees are waived for credentialed journalists. Visit the AACP Web site or contact our media relations representative for more information.
Founded in 1900, AACP is the national organization representing the interests of pharmacy education. AACP is comprised of all accredited colleges and schools with pharmacy degree programs, including more than 6,400 faculty, 62,500 students enrolled in professional programs and 5,100 individuals pursuing graduate study. To learn more about AACP, visit www.aacp.org.