News Releases - 2017

NCPA Foundation Honors Outstanding 2017 Student Chapters, Student Members and Faculty Liaison

by NCPA | Oct 16, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. (Oct. 16, 2017) The National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation today announced the top NCPA Student Chapters, Outstanding Student Chapter Members, and the Faculty Liaison of the Year during a ceremony at the NCPA 2017 Annual Convention.

The 2017 NCPA Student Chapter of the Year is the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy; the first runner-up is Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy; and the second runner-up is Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy. In addition, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy received the Most Improved Student Chapter Award; Auburn University won the Legislative Advocacy Challenge; Ohio Northern won the Community Health Challenge; and the University of Colorado at Denver Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences won the Simplify My Meds® Challenge.

"Judging by the impressive results from this year's participating pharmacy school students, the future of independent community pharmacy is bright," said Charles West, PD, President of the NCPA Foundation. "The NCPA Foundation is thrilled to help all (119) NCPA Student Chapters learn more about pharmacy entrepreneurship. The student competition is a fun way of judging what these future pharmacy leaders are capable of, which is why we present seven awards to the year's best performances. Congratulations to our winners and runners-up!"

The NCPA Foundation underwrites NCPA student chapters to increase student awareness of pharmacy ownership and the entrepreneurial opportunities in pharmacy. Its programs include the Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition, the Legislative Advocacy Challenge, the Community Health Challenge, and NCPA Student Ownership Boot Camps. Other opportunities also include a mentor program and rotations for students with independent community pharmacies and at NCPA.

The Faculty Liaison Winner is Stacey Curtis, PharmD, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. Her commitment to teaching students about pharmacy entrepreneurship is demonstrated in a variety of ways. She is the faculty adviser for the NCPA Student Chapter. In addition, she serves as the course coordinator for the Professional Practice Skills Lab, the Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience, and Advanced Topics in Community Pharmacy. She is the course co-coordinator for Principles of Systems-Based Practice and Pharmacy Management.

"Stacey Curtis' commitment to helping cultivate the next generation of independent community pharmacy owners is exemplary, which is why she was chosen as the 2017 Faculty Liaison winner," said West. "She is giving students the building blocks they need to become successful pharmacy owners in a rapidly changing and very competitive pharmacy marketplace."

Also at the ceremony, 21 pharmacy students were honored as NCPA Outstanding Student Chapter Members of the Year after being nominated by their peers and faculty at their respective schools. The winners are listed alphabetically:


Katherine Elizabeth

Campbell School of Pharmacy



University of Iowa College of Pharmacy



NOVA Southeastern University College of Pharmacy



University of Florida College of Pharmacy



Shenandoah University Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy



University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy



University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy



University of Mississippi



Notre Dame of Maryland School of Pharmacy



Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy



Regis University School of Pharmacy



Western University of Health Sciences



University of South Florida College of Pharmacy



Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences



Virginia Commonwealth University College of Pharmacy



University of Kansas School of Pharmacy



Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy



University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy



Mercer College of Pharmacy






Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

"The NCPA Foundation is honored to name 21 pharmacy students as the outstanding member of their respective NCPA chapters," said West. "While all students are to be commended for their efforts, these individuals stood out above the rest and point to the talent of the next generation of independent community pharmacy owners who will ensure patient-focused, small-business pharmacies will always have a strong foothold in America."


About the National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation
The NCPA Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1953 to honor former NARD Executive Secretary John W. Dargavel. Contributions to the NCPA Foundation are tax deductible to the extent permitted under federal tax law. The Foundation supports the growth and advancement of independent community pharmacy through low-interest educational loans and scholarships to pharmacy students in need, critical research and programs to improve the success of independent pharmacy, community service programs and financial assistance to community pharmacy owners for their recovery in the event of disaster, accidents, illness, or adverse circumstances. To learn more, go to

About the National Community Pharmacists Association
The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 22,000 independent community pharmacies. Together they represent an $80 billion health care marketplace and employ more than 250,000 individuals on a full- or part-time basis. To learn more, go to, visit, or follow NCPA on Twitter @Commpharmacy.