Jennifer Carpenter of Yorba Linda, a pharmacy student at Western
University of Health Sciences (WesternU), has been awarded a $2,000
scholarship by the California Pharmacists Association.
Carpenter is one of four students to have been selected for the Robert C.
Johnson Scholarship this year. The award recognizes outstanding students
who have demonstrated leadership and interest in advancing the pharmacy
profession. She was honored as a recipient at the Western Pharmacy
Education Faire held in Anaheim on October 1.
“”I was very excited to learn I’d been chosen for the scholarship,””
Carpenter said. “”It’s an honor to be recognized by a state-wide
At WesternU, Carpenter is a fourth-year student and anticipates receiving
her doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree in June. She maintains a 4.0 grade
point average and is involved with the American Pharmaceutical
Association’s Academy of Students of Pharmacy and the California Society
of Health-System Pharmacists, in addition to the California Pharmacists
“”I contribute as much as I can by volunteering through pharmaceutical
organizations; I think that’s a really important part of my education,””
She said she decided to go into the field after working at a drug store
pharmacy, where she became fascinated with prescription medication and its
effects on the body. A Southern California native, she graduated from
Esperanza High School in Anaheim and attended Cal Poly Pomona before
coming to WesternU.
According to Elizabeth Johnson, PharmD, senior vice president of the
California Pharmacists Association, Carpenter was selected for the award
because of her dedication to studying pharmacy.
“”Jennifer’s involvement with a diverse number of pharmacy-related
activities and demonstrated leadership is what set her apart from the
other candidates,”” Dr. Johnson said.
The Robert C. Johnson Scholarship was established in 1998 in honor of the
former executive vice president of the California Pharmacists Association.
It is funded by McKesson Drug Company and Pharmaceutical Care Network and
is provided through the California Pharmacists Association Educational
Foundation. It is given annually to one student from each of the four
pharmacy schools in the state.