In honor of the college’s sesquicentennial anniversary in 2009, the college along with a development committee of alumni volunteers established the Sesquicentennial Leadership Award. The annual scholarship, supported entirely by alumni donations, the scholarship was endowed at over $150,000. Classmates John Kirklys and Joe Green agreed to lead a yearlong effort to enlist alumni support for the scholarship.
“The education I received at the UIC College of Pharmacy provided a foundation for what has been an enjoyable and rewarding career for me,” said Kirklys. “I view this as an opportunity to give back to the College and make a difference – for myself and the students who will be the recipients of this scholarship.”“It was great to see the generosity of our alumni and their willingness to support the College and its initiatives,” Kirklys said. “We encountered overwhelmingly positive support and fully two-thirds of the dollars for the Sesquicentennial Scholarship were raised in little over a year!”
Joseph Green, PharmD ’90, and John Kirklys, PharmD ’90
Awarded annually to a P1, P2, P3, P4 student who must exhibit academic merit and demonstrate need for financial aid and who demonstrates outstanding commitment to the profession of pharmacy through participation in student organizations and/or professional organization; has excellent leadership, communication and interpersonal skills.