Scholarships provide much needed financial support for our students. Every year, due to the generosity of WSU alumni and friends, we are able to award approximately $300,000 in scholarships.
Endowed scholarships create a permanent legacy at the WSU College of Pharmacy and can be created with a minimum investment of $25,000. Often endowments are established by families or friends in honor or memory of a loved one.
Carolyn Backstrom Scholarship Fund
The Carolyn Backstrom Scholarship Fund was set up in 2001 by Carolyn Backstrom, a 1934 pharmacy graduate who worked in pharmacy until retiring in 1977.
Arby and Cathaline Baker Scholarship
The Arby and Cathaline Baker Scholarship in Pharmacy was established by their son, Danial Baker ’78, who credits them with giving him a strong work ethic and drive. Dr. Baker has been a faculty member at the WSU College of Pharmacy since 1983.
Mabel E. Bement Scholarship
The Mabel E. Bement Scholarship was established in 1972 as an annual scholarship by the children of Mabel and Frank Bement: Reed Bement, a 1928 pharmacy graduate, Margaret Lehan, Betty Pence, and Ken Bement.
Brenda S. Bray and Lisa J. Woodard Endowed Scholarship in Public Health
This scholarship was established by Brenda S. Bray and Lisa Joanne Woodard out of their commitment to public health. Bray and Woodard were classmates at WSU and graduated together with their bachelor’s degrees in pharmacy in 1983. They obtained their master’s degrees in public health from the University of Washington in 1985. Today Bray and Woodard are on faculty at the WSU College of Pharmacy.
The recipient of this scholarship shall be a deserving second, third, or fourth year student pharmacist who has demonstrated a strong commitment to public health by promoting an improved quality of life, healthy development and healthy behaviors across all life stages.
Dessie Marie Brady Scholarship
Dessie was born in 1924 and grew up in Roslyn, Washington, where her father worked in the coal mines. After her father died, the family moved to Wapato where Dessie met and was mentored by Janice Sourwine, a Wapato pharmacist. Dessie graduated from the WSC College of Pharmacy in 1947. She eventually got a job in Yakima and became the director of pharmacy at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, a position she held for 42 years. Dessie kept her pharmacy license until 2001.
Dessie was a loyal Cougar and a devoted pharmacist. This scholarship was established through her estate when she passed away in December 2011.
The distributions from this fund shall be used to award scholarships to one or more students in the Pharm.D. program.
Fred & Esther Burmaster Memorial Scholarship
The Fred & Esther Burmaster Memorial Scholarship was established in their memory in 1987 by their daughter, Ruthe Ridder. Fred graduated from WSC with a pharmaceutical chemist degree in 1924 and a pharmacy degree in 1925, and was a College of Pharmacy instructor from 1925 to 1929. Esther got degrees in home economics and education in 1925.
Dahmen-Williams Memorial Scholarship
The Dahmen-Williams Memorial Scholarship was established in 1984 by the families and friends of Douglas Dahmen and Brian Williams, second-year pharmacy students who were killed in an auto accident.
Gerald A. Danquist Endowed Scholarship in Pharmacy
Gerry grew up in the small farming town of Plaza, Washington. He graduated from Plaza Grade School and Spangle High School. Gerry then received a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Washington State University. He worked for two years in retail pharmacy and then spent two years in the U.S. Public Health Service as a pharmacy officer. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School and then began his career with Eli Lilly and Company. Gerry retired from Eli Lilly after a long and very successful 33-year career.
Deary Sisters Scholarship
The Deary Sisters Scholarship was established in 1992 by Harry Johnson in honor of his wife Norma, and her three sisters – Mary Jo, Peggy and Marita – all of whom graduated from the WSC College of Pharmacy between 1948 and 1955.
Harvey Denton/ Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane Endowed Scholarship in Pharmacy
The Harvey Denton/ Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane Endowed Scholarship in Pharmacy was established in 2002, in part with a bequest from Harvey, a 1933 pharmacy graduate, and in part by the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane. Harvey and his wife, Bertha, operated the Denton Drugstore in St. John, Wash., for 21 years.
Die Apotheke Scholarship in Pharmacy
The Die Apotheke Scholarship in Pharmacy was started in 2007 by David E. Bell of Lacey, Wash., a 1976 pharmacy graduate who has spent most of his career in hospital pharmacy.
Richard & Jacquelyne Doane Scholarship in Pharmacy
The Richard & Jacquelyne Doane Scholarship in Pharmacy was endowed in 2005 by Rick (1971 CPH) and Jacque Doane (1972 CAHNRS). Rick’s family has a long history with WSU as his father, uncle and two brothers are WSU Pharmacy graduates and his sister is a Nursing graduate. Jacque’s brother is a Ph.D. graduate from WSU’s College of Engineering. The Doanes established this scholarship to assist Pharmacy students in achieving their academic goals.
Ron and Carol Doane Scholarship
Ron and Carol Doane both grew up in the Cashmere area. Following graduation from high school, Carol attended Business College. She worked in Seattle during WWII, which Ron served with the 82nd Airborne and 28th Infantry division in Europe. Ron subsequently attended the WSU College of Pharmacy, while Carol worked until their first child was born. They had 4 children, 3 boys and 1 girl. The three boys are all graduates of the College of Pharmacy, and their daughter graduated from WSU Nursing School. Ron practiced pharmacy for more than 40 years, and he and his brother Wayne were partners in Doane’s Valley Pharmacy in Cashmere for 21 years.
Morris Edward Ewell Scholarship
The Morris Edward Ewell Scholarship was established in 1996 in memory of Morris Ewell ’31 by family and friends of Morrie. During his lifetime, Morrie was a practicing pharmacist in Spokane and the owner of Manito Pharmacy. His son, Edward Morris Ewell, is a 1959 pharmacy graduate.
Julia D. Flory Memorial Scholarship
The Julia D. Flory Memorial Scholarship was established in 1987 by her daughter, Julia F. Vinson, in memory of the 1930 pharmacy graduate who worked as a licensed pharmacist until 1950 and encouraged many young women to study and realize their potential.
Erwin N. & Jennie L. Foisey Memorial Scholarship
The Erwin N. & Jennie L. Foisey Memorial Scholarship was established by funds from their estate in 1986. He graduated as a pharmaceutical chemist from WSC in 1926 and spent close to half a century working for Aubert Drug in Bellingham, becoming part owner of the business in later years.
Donald R. Galpin Memorial Scholarship
The Donald R. Galpin Memorial Scholarship was established in 1985 by the family and friends of Donald Galpin, a faculty member at the College from 1966 to 1985, in recognition of his loyalty and service to the College.
Max F. Garred Jr. Memorial Endowment
This endowment was established by Max’s widow, Nancy Garred. Max was a 1952 graduate of the College of Pharmacy at Washington State College. Nancy also graduated from the College of Pharmacy at Washington State College in 1959. They owned and operated Southgate Drug in Tumwater for approximately 20 years.
Greg and Doris Gibbons Scholarship in Community Pharmacy
As a second generation pharmacist, Greg is proud of his family history. He and his wife, Doris, are establishing this scholarship to create opportunities for future students to see pharmacy as a caring, personal career in an entrepreneurial environment. It is a career choice that allows an opportunity to be your own boss.
Margit Garthe Harrison Memorial Scholarship
The Margit Garthe Harrison Memorial Scholarship was established in 1996 by the estate of Margit and Charles Harrison. She was a 1939 WSC pharmacy graduate who practiced in Ketchikan, Alaska, and then at hospitals in Richland and Kennewick.
Healing Gifts Endowment
This gift is established by Sherry D. Holland, ’75 College of Pharmacy and her husband, Philip A. Krieter. The donors believe that increased participation of minority students benefits not only an individual student, but also the larger pharmacy community and the student’s community of origin. Diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and their sequela, particularly renal insufficiency, disproportionately affect certain communities.
Health care providers from the community bring important understanding of the culture and traditions that are crucial to effective treatment of such diseases. It is important that the healing gifts of these students be appropriately developed and shared with others in the pharmacy community. In support of these aims, the donors established this endowment.
Holly Whitcomb Henry Scholarship Endowment in Pharmacy
Holly served as the NCPA president in 2009. She is co-owner and President of Rxtra Care, Inc., which operated three pharmacies in Seattle area. She also serves as a chair of the PSTAC, NIPCO and is a member of the NCPA’s political action committee. This scholarship will be used for the priorities of the College of Pharmacy in regards to community pharmacy.
Barbara Higgins Memorial Scholarship
The Barbara Higgins Memorial Scholarship in International Health Sciences was created by Dr. Robert W. Higgins ’57 in memory of his late wife, Barbara, who passed away in 2002. She was a 1956 WSU graduate in home economics. After graduation, Dr. Higgins worked as a pharmacist for five years before he went on and got his medical degree from the University of Washington.
Nelson L. Higgins Memorial Scholarship
The Nelson L. Higgins Memorial Scholarship was established in 1990 in memory of Nelson L. Higgins by Peter W. Wood, and was endowed by Mr. Higgins’ son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Robert W. and Judy Higgins. Nelson Higgins earned a Ph.G. (Graduate Pharmacist) from WSC in 1925, and a B.S. in Pharmacy in 1926. He owned pharmacies in Uniontown and Pullman. His son is a 1957 WSU pharmacy graduate.
Walter & Hazel Hinman Foundation Scholarship
The Walter & Hazel Hinman Foundation Scholarship was established in 1969 through the will of Walter Hinman, who became a pharmacist in the early 1900s through an apprentice program. He worked in Seattle and served as treasurer of the WSPA for more than 40 years.
Hughes - Fisher Endowed Scholarship in Pharmacy
This endowment is established in memory of Lewis Clarke Hughes (‘23 Pharmacy) and Robert Lee Fisher (‘52 Pharmacy) and his wife, Shirley Hughes Fisher, daughter of Lewis Hughes (‘53 Pharmacy, University of Arizona).
Lewis Hughes owned and operated Monarch Drug Company in Tacoma, Wash., while Bob and Shirley Fisher owned Fishers’ Pharmacy in Kennewick, Wash., and Crown Drug in Pasco, Wash. Because the family believes strongly in the importance of independent community pharmacy, they have established this endowment. It is their desire that not only the family legacy, but also the legacy of independent retail pharmacy will be perpetuated with this gift.
The children of Robert and Shirley Fisher, Brad Fisher and Stacie Fisher Hamilton (also grandchildren of Lewis Hughes) are proud to establish this endowment in memory of their loved ones. Brad Fisher graduated from WSU in 1979 with a B.A. in business administration. His sister, Stacie Fisher Hamilton, also graduated from WSU in 1981 with a B.A. in business administration. Presently they both reside with their families in the Tri-Cities.
The distributions from this fund shall be used to provide a scholarship for a WSU College of Pharmacy student who has expressed an interest in independent community pharmacy. Selection will be made by the College of Pharmacy scholarship committee or at the discretion of the dean.
J. Bruce & Marian Hunter Memorial Scholarship
The J. Bruce & Marian Hunter Memorial Scholarship was established in 1996 by Orville Johnson (a 1939 pharmacy graduate and family friend), Dr. Slonecker, and the daughters of J. Bruce Hunter and Marian Hunter. Bruce Hunter was a 1932 graduate of the College of Pharmacy.
Immunex Scholarship Fund
The Immunex Scholarship Fund was established in 1994 and has been awarded to pharmacy students with an interest in cancer treatment or research.
Martin J. Jinks Memorial Scholarship
The Martin J. Jinks Memorial Scholarship was created by the Jinks family and friends and the faculty and staff of the College of Pharmacy in memory of Marty Jinks, who was a faculty member and administrator at the College from 1978 until his death in 1996.
Irvin D. Johnson Endowed Scholarship
The Irvin D. Johnson Endowed Scholarship is named for the 1932 pharmacy graduate who was a practicing pharmacist and pharmacy owner for about 20 years before he ventured into other businesses in Hood River, Ore. He left the endowed scholarship as part of his estate when he passed away in 2006.
E.H. Jones Scholarship
The E.H. Jones Scholarship was established in 1988 by Edyrn H. Jones and his wife, Lucille. He was a 1940 WSC graduate in chemistry and a 1942 pharmacy graduate from State University of Iowa who then had a long and distinguished career in retail pharmacy in Washington State.
Muriel Jones Memorial Scholarship
The Muriel Jones Memorial Scholarship was established in 1999 by Maynard Jones in memory of his wife, Muriel, pharmacy class of 1948, who died in 1995.
Wilbur N. Joyner Memorial Scholarship
The Wilbur N. Joyner Memorial Scholarship was established in 1972 with a bequest from the estate of Wilbur Joyner’s wife, Nanette. Wilbur was a pioneer druggist in Spokane who established and operated four drugstores and the Physicians and Surgeons Supply Co. from 1908 to 1926.
Dorothy Otto Kennedy Scholarship
The Dorothy Otto Kennedy Scholarship was established in 1987 by Duff and Dorothy Kennedy, Mary and Jack Shuler, and Bruce and Faye Kennedy, in honor of their mother, Dorothy Otto Kennedy, a 1916 pharmacy graduate. Dorothy Kennedy who was head of pharmacy at Everett General Hospital in Everett, Wash., at the time she retired from the profession.
Janice Sourwine Kenney Memorial Scholarship for Women Pharmacy Students
This scholarship was established by Frank J. Kenney in memory of his wife, Janice Sourwine, a 1934 Washington State University graduate. Janice was devoted to pharmacy, loved her alma mater, and maintained a lifetime association promoting its interests and welfare.
The recipient shall be women students enrolled in the College of Pharmacy and in good academic standing. Primary consideration shall be given to students who have demonstrated need for financial assistance in furthering their education.
Don and Julia Lee Scholarship Fund
The Don and Julia Lee Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 by Don to honor his wife Julia, who died in 1992. He was a Chinese emigrant who came to Pullman in 1928. After he and Julia were married, they owned Don's Midway Grocery near campus, which was frequented by students.
Charles Martin Memorial Scholarship
The Charles Martin Memorial Scholarship was first awarded in 2001 and was established by Charles F. Martin’s family and former students from the College of Pharmacy, where Martin was a faculty member from 1943 through 1980.
Thomas W. Martin & Edward L. Jennings Endowment
Any and all contributions shall be designated to the College of Pharmacy Dean’s Fund for Excellence.
Phyllis Clark McFadden Memorial Loan and Aid
The Phyllis Clark McFadden Memorial Loan and Aid was established in 1972 through the will of her husband, Cyril E. McFadden. Phyllis McFadden was a 1925 WSC pharmacy graduate.
Donald J. McLeod Memorial Scholarship
The Donald J. McLeod Memorial Scholarship was established in 1987 in memory of 1936 pharmacy graduate McLeod by his wife, Margaret Nelson McLeod, and his brother-in-law, Walter N. Nelson. McLeod worked 40 years at the Upjohn Company in Kalamazoo, Mich., and retired in 1979 as director of specialty products manufacturing. (Also for graduate students.)
Dr. Edward R. Meyer Scholarship
ContentThe Dr. Edward R. Meyer Scholarship was established by Dr. Meyer in 1989. He was a 1938 WSC pharmacy graduate, who went on to complete his medical degree in 1943 from the University of Louisville Medical School in Kentucky. (Also for PharmD students.)
Abdel-Monem Endowed Scholarship
The Abdel-Monem Endowed Scholarship in Pharmacy was established by the alumni and friends of the WSU College of Pharmacy to recognize Monem Abdel-Monem, Dean from 1987 to 1998.
Darold F. Niedermeyer Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Darold F. Niedermeyer Memorial Scholarship Fund was started in 2000 by Hi-School Pharmacy in Vancouver, Wash., to honor Darold Niedermeyer, a 1962 pharmacy graduate who worked at Hi-School for 21 years.
George Norin Scholarship
The George Norin Scholarship was established by bequests from George and Iola Norin upon her death in 1998. George was a 1934 WSC pharmacy graduate.
Lawrence H. Norris Memorial Scholarship
The Lawrence H. Norris Memorial Scholarship was established in 1991 by Claire D. Norris to honor Lawrence, a second generation pharmacist who graduated in 1951 from WSU. Norris owned Beall’s Rexall Drugs in Puyallup for 30 years before it was passed in 1992 to his son William Mark Norris, a 1976 pharmacy graduate.
Oftebro Family Excellence Endowment
John Oftebro graduated from the College of Pharmacy in ’65. John has experience in retail and hospital pharmacy and managing small apothecaries. John has been active in community and professional organizations. He is the past president of the Washington State Pharmacy Association and the American College of Apothecaries. John is the current president of Washington State Pharmacy Foundation.
Bert J. Porter Professional Student Travel Endowment Fund
Bert Porter, Class of 1950, established this fund to provide opportunities for WSU pharmacy students to attend professional conferences and conventions in order to give WSU students a competitive edge. Bert, who owned Porter Drugs at 5th and Thor in Spokane, Wash., is an advocate for students and believes that they should become involved--and stay involved--in professional organizations that promote pharmacy.
Albert H., May A., and Walter A. Powell Pharmacy Scholarship
Albert H., May A., and Walter A. Powell Pharmacy Scholarship was established by a bequest from May Leone Powell of Cheney, Wash., to honor the memory of her mother and father, May A., and Arthur H. Powell, and her brother Walter, who was a 1920 WSC pharmacy graduate.
Mark E. Preston Memorial Scholarship
The Mark E. Preston Memorial Scholarship is named after a 1939 pharmacy grad. This scholarship is supported by Mark’s nieces and their families, Jane & Roger Bugbee and Dee and David Willms.
Quality Food Centers Nutritional and Pharmacy Scholarship
Quality Food Centers (QFC) is a longtime Seattle grocery chain with a strong commitment to provide outstanding pharmacy services to our communities. The Senior Management team has a desire to support both the WSU College of Pharmacy as well as the impressive students within the program. With QFC’s commitment to providing high quality, nutritious food and a pharmacy program emphasizing superior customer service, it seemed only natural that QFC should help support pharmacy student scholarships at WSU.
Ron Schleif & Carol Nightingale Schleif Scholarship in Pharmacy
The distributions from this fund shall be used to provide one or more scholarships to pharmacy students.
R.M. Cork Simmelink Scholarship
R.M. Cork Simmelink Scholarship was established in 2000 by Cork’s wife, Audrey, in memory of her husband, who was a 1949 WSU pharmacy graduate. Cork and Audrey owned and operated Cork’s Pharmacy in Kennewick. (Also for graduate students.)
Larry Simonsmeier Memorial Scholarship
This endowment was established by the friends, colleagues and students of Larry Simonsmeier to continue his legacy with an annual scholarship in his name. Larry’s long time friends and students, Leon and Merrie Kay Alzola, were instrumental in creating this scholarship.
The distributions from this fund shall be used to provide scholarships to students in the College of Pharmacy professional program. Recipients shall be selected by the college scholarship committee on the basis of financial need and academic performance. Preference will be given to a fourth year student, who has received at least a “B” grade in pharmacy law, and is from a town with a population less than 10,000.
Elwyn & Viola Swetman Rx Scholarship
Elwyn & Viola Swetman Rx Scholarship was started in the 1940s by Mr. Swetmann as an annual contribution for scholarships. The scholarship was later endowed through a bequest from Viola T. Swetmann.
Betty-Lee Ewing Tannehill Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2008 by Deborah Tannehill, in memory of her mother Betty-Lee Tannehill, class of ’45. This scholarship is given to a pharmacy student with preference to those students in good academic standing in pharmacy who demonstrate interest in an independent, non-chain setting.
Gary Thiemens Memorial Scholarship
Gary Thiemens Memorial Scholarship was established in 1994 by Kim Rieken and family in memory of this 1977 graduate who served as a president of the Spokane Pharmacists Association and was a member of the College’s Alumni Advisory Board.
Joseph J. and Marjorie R. Thompson Scholarship
Both Marjorie and her husband Joe were leaders in the pharmacy industry here in the Spokane area. They established this scholarship in hopes that this will provide a stimulus to current students at the WSU College of Pharmacy to look at the careers of Joe and Marjorie as models for professional and civic lives.
Marguerite Villars/Spokane Pharmacy Association Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship was established in honor of Marguerite Villars, a well-respected and well-known “pioneer” in the field of pharmacy. Marguerite was an anchor for the Spokane Pharmacy Association for over 50 years. Marguerite, a graduate of University of Washington School of Pharmacy, came to Spokane in the 1950s and was one of the first female pharmacists in the Inland Northwest. She served as a preceptor to hundreds of WSU College of Pharmacy Students for several decades. The Marguerite Villars/Spokane Pharmacy Association scholarship is a wonderful tribute to her legacy and lifetime of service to the pharmacy community in Spokane.
Jessie Senora Sims Walker Scholarship
Jessie Senora Sims Walker Scholarship was established in 1991 by Monem and Judy Abdel-Monem to honor the 1913 pharmacy graduate who was the first African-American graduate of Washington State College. She went on to a distinguished career as a pharmacist in Tacoma.
George H. Watt Memorial Scholarship
George H. Watt Memorial Scholarship honors the man who taught the first pharmacy class at Washington State College in 1896 and who served as one of the early chairs of the pharmacy department. The scholarship was funded from the estate of Mrs. George H. Watt.
WSU College of Pharmacy Class of 1965
This scholarship has been established by the WSU College of Pharmacy Class of 1965 for the purpose of furthering the pharmaceutical professions and to emphasize excellence in pharmaceutical care and promote professional growth.