The Pharmacy Student Government Association

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One of the unique facets of life at UC School of Pharmacy is the wide variety of involvement in our professional pharmacy organizations. The Pharmacy Student Government Association (PSGA) helps promote unity and effective community service among our organizations, providing … Continue reading

The UCSOP Fellows Scholarship Program

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Think that going to a private school is too expensive?  Think again!  The UCSOP Pharmacy Student Fellows Program offers top students fellowship funding along with invaluable experiences to improve their leadership skills.  Here is what one Fellow has to say about the program:

“The Fellows Program is a great way to be involved at UCSOP. One of the requirements is to help with some of the interview days and all the open houses, but these activities are very helpful for improving your leadership and communication skills. Volunteering at the interview days this last year has been a big help for me personally to work on my communication skills and interacting with new people. Another requirement for the Fellows Program is to keep your GPA at or above a 3.25. This may sound easy to some people, but I assure you it is difficult to manage but definitely achievable. The Fellows Program isn’t all work though. As a second year student you get to go to Washington D.C. to tour a few of the national pharmacy organization headquarters. Another requirement is to attend at least one of the state pharmacy conferences each year. Even though this is a requirement, it is enjoyable because it gives you the opportunity to attend meetings pertaining to events occurring in the pharmacy world and gives you the opportunity to meet pharmacists and pharmacy students from around the state.

If you have the opportunity to be a part of this program, I would recommend applying without hesitation.  Not only is the monetary portion of the scholarship beneficial, but the values and experience you will gain from being in the Fellows Program will help you throughout your time at UCSOP and later on in your career.

Sarah Bostic, Class of 2016

Fellows at APhA  boy scout jamboree Health Fair

So what is the UCSOP Pharmacy Fellows Program, and what how do I qualify?

  • The Fellows Program is a renewable fellowship opportunity that offers up to $15,000 annually to 10 students in the incoming pharmacy class.
  • These are students we have identified as having the potential for outstanding achievement and success in our program.
  • The minimum selection criteria are:
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater
    • PCAT composite of 50 or greater
    • Average interview scores of 18 or greater
    • Must attend an interview day at UCSOP by December
  • Selected students will be asked to submit an essay and complete a phone interview to finalize their application for the Fellows Program.
  • Students chosen as fellowship recipients will receive fellowship funding and participate in activities that:
    • Promote leadership skills and abilities
    • Involve the student in advocacy activities for the profession and patients
    • Allow the student to make significant contributions to the community, and
    • Provide the student a platform to effectively represent UCSOP and the profession of pharmacy

Thinking about applying Early Decision?

Here are answers to some common questions about the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP) Early Decision Program.

Q: Why should I apply Early Decision instead of Regular Decision?

  • You are competing in a much smaller pool of applicants.
  • Avoid the Waitlist – the later you apply, the greater chance you have of facing the dreaded waitlist.
  • Regular interview dates are limited and fill up fast.
  • By applying through the Early Decision Program, you can sit back and relax during your last year of undergraduate work while your fellow classmates are stressing over the application process!

Q: Should I apply to other schools at the same time?

The Early Decision Program is a binding option and an applicant must enroll in UCSOP if admitted. An Early Decision applicant may only apply to one pharmacy school during this time.  If an applicant is not offered admission through the Early Decision program before the October deadline, they may begin applying to other schools at that time.

Q: What is the Early Decision application deadline?

The Early Decision Application deadline is September 3, 2013.

Q: What do I need to submit by the deadline?

  • Completed PharmCAS application that includes:
    • All official transcripts from every college/university you’ve attend
    • Official PCAT Scores – must take during or before July 2013
    • Two Letters of Reference (1 must be from a faculty member)

Q: What happens if I am missing something in my application and the deadline passes?

If all requirements are not received by the September 3rd deadline, PharmCAS will automatically change your status from an Early Decision Applicant to Regular Status.  Your application will not be reviewed by the UCSOP until all requirements have been received.

Q: When would I interview?

Interviews for Early Decision candidates will be held on September 20, 2013.

Q: How long does it take to find out if I am accepted for Early Decision admission?

All Early Decision Applicants will be notified of their admissions decision by the PharmCAS deadline (October 2013).

Q: What happens next if I am accepted?

If you are accepted through the Early Decision Program, you will be required to submit a non-refundable $1,000 Early Decision Tuition Deposit.  This amount can be split into two $500 payments.  The first payment will be due within one week of your notification of acceptance.  The second $500 payment will be due by May 1, 2014.

Q: Can I change my mind after I am accepted for Early Decision?

A student who is accepted through the Early Decision Process is not eligible to apply to any other PharmCAS pharmacy school during that admissions cycle.

Q: Who do I contact if I have a question about my application or the Early Decision process?

Office of Professional & Student Affairs

304-357-4889

pharmacy@ucwv.edu

or –

Stacie Geise

Admissions Specialist

304-357-4889

staciegeise@ucwv.edu