WSU student pharmacist receives national honor

Lauren Pollock with awardLauren Pollock, a student pharmacist at Washington State University, received a 2017 Outstanding Student Member Award from the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation.

Pollock was presented the award at the college’s annual Celebrating Generosity event on April 21. The event, hosted by the College of Pharmacy on the WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane, celebrated those who have made substantial contributions to the college in the last year.

“Receiving the NCPA Outstanding Member Award was an enormous honor and surprise,” said Pollock. “I want to thank Tory and Eric for all they do for our WSU NCPA chapter. NCPA has opened up so many doors for my future in pharmacy.”

Honoring Pollock was a surprise coordinated by classmates Tory Knebel and Eric Kim, who are on the local WSU NCPA student chapter leadership team. The NCPA Foundation provides scholarships for professional development and research grants to pharmacy faculty, students and practitioners in order to contribute to the success of independent community pharmacy.

Pollock completed her undergraduate coursework at Drake University and is in the WSU Doctor of Pharmacy class of 2018. She is passionate about independent community pharmacy, as a result of her experience working at an independent pharmacy in her hometown of LaHarpe, Illinois. Pollock participated in the Live Oak Bank Externship in 2016 where she learned the business aspects of pharmacy. She put this experience to use this year as she assisted in the teaching of the pharmacy management elective.

“Receiving this award has further reassured me that pharmacy is my true passion and I will make great strides to teach others of this growing profession,” she said.

[Lori J. Maricle] 5/8/17