The Foundation provides scholarships to exceptional up-and-coming pharmacists. Since establishing the program in 2002, the Foundation has awarded more than $110,000 in scholarships to deserving future practitioners.

Each year, a $2,500 scholarship is awarded to one student pharmacist at each of Michigan’s three colleges of pharmacy. In addition, the Larry Wagenknecht Leadership Scholarship is awarded to a student who especially exhibits exceptional leadership capabilities. When funding allows, the Foundation Board of Trustees may award additional scholarships to student pharmacists who exhibit exceptional academic, leadership and professional achievements.

Each MPF scholarship is a one-time award. They are each a one-time award. All scholarships will be paid in one payment and presented during the MPA Annual Convention & Exposition held in February. The awardee is expected to be in attendance to receive their scholarship. Awardee must still be enrolled as a full-time pharmacy student and making satisfactory progress on their educational degree.

Scholarship Deadlines and Timelines

  • Nov. 6, 2023:Deadline for application, CV or resume and a professional letter of recommendation.
  • Dec. 15, 2023:Scholarship recipients are selected and will notified of the scholarship award by Jan. 8, 2024.
  • Feb. 24, 2024:Scholarships awarded on Saturday at the MPA Annual Convention & Exposition


To be considered for this competitive scholarship, a student pharmacist must:

  • Have a 2.75 cumulative grade point average
  • Have completed their first year of an accredited Pharm.D. program
  • Be a full-time P2, P3, or P4 student pharmacist when applying
  • Be a current member of Student Michigan Pharmacists Association (verified by MPA staff)
  • Submit the mandatory essay on the topic determined annually. Each essay should be no longer than two double spaced pages, formatted in 12-point, Times New Roman font with one-inch margins
  • Submit a curriculum vitae (CV) or resume

2023-2024 Essay Topic

MPF recently updated its Mission and Vision Statements to reflect the future direction, purpose, and values of the Foundation.

MPF Mission Statement: To Foster the Future of Pharmacy

MPF Vision Statement: One Pharmacy Profession, Maximizing Health and Wellness

Essay Question: Please describe in detail your future plan to contribute your time, training, and leadership skills to support the Michigan Pharmacist Association (MPA) and Michigan Pharmacy Foundation (MPF) efforts “To Foster the Future of Pharmacy”.


(L) indicates Larry Wagenknecht Leadership Scholarship

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