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At the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS), we are fortunate to have an active, engaged, and philanthropic group of alumni and friends. Without your support, our program would not thrive.

Behind every gift to the CPPS there is a story. An alumnus of the college establishes a scholarship endowment because they received scholarship support as a student, to honor a pioneer who has inspired them, or simply because they believe in the next generation of students. A friend of the college donates to the Pharmacy Alumni Scholarship Fund to honor a family member. A cancer survivor donates to one of our PhD researchers making cancer breakthroughs. We are honored to be WSU’s unit with the highest percentage of alumni participation in giving, and we hope to continue to grow those numbers with your investment in our program.

Club 1891 Dean’s Circle

This new giving society honors the long history of the college’s founding. Donors who invest in the college will know that they are helping to provide the dean with the funding sources necessary to support the highest and greatest needs of the college. Annual gifts of $1,000 or more qualify for membership in the Club 1891 Dean’s Circle. Members of the Dean’s Circle will be highlighted on the donor wall in the pharmacy building on WSU’s Health Sciences Campus in Spokane and will be invited to a private annual meeting with Dean Mark Leid, class of 1983.

Learn more about the Club 1891 Dean’s Circle

Club 1891 Dean’s Circle—Recent Alumni

For alumni who graduated from the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences within the past 10 years, annual gifts of $250 or more qualify for membership in the Club 1891 Dean’s Circle. As a recent alumnus, you play a critical role in the future of pharmacy practice and your continued involvement with the college is beneficial for many reasons, including networking, professional growth, and maintaining ties with your classmates. Recent alumni members of the Club 1891 Dean’s Circle will be invited to a private annual meeting with Dean Mark Leid, class of 1983.

Learn more about the Club 1891 Dean’s Circle

Manpreet & Lindsey Chahal

After receiving his PharmD in 2010 and PhD in 2008, Manpreet Chahal knew that he wanted to give back to the college that helped him launch his career in the pharmaceutical industry. Manpreet and his wife, Lindsey, established a family scholarship endowment for future generations of pharmacy students at the college. Chahal also made a principal gift to launch a scholarship endowment. His generosity inspired fellow classmates to also donate to the scholarship, which supports pharmacy students with financial needs who contribute scientifically and socially to the college and demonstrate a high level of enthusiasm for the pharmacy profession.

Support the College

Dean’s Excellence Fund – Help us recruit and retain high-quality faculty, equip our college with up-to-date technology, and assist students in their professional development through seminars and outreach activities.

Dean’s Endowed Professorship – Help us give every one of our students the chance to do great things and arm them with knowledge to protect human health through research, collaboration and clinical education.

The Student Travel Fund allows WSU student pharmacists to travel to conference such as the American Pharmacy Association Annual Meeting.
Support the Students

Pharmacy Alumni Scholarship Fund – Help reduce the financial burden on pharmacy students so they can focus on what’s important: becoming leaders in health care.

Pharmacy Student Professional Travel Fund – Help pharmacy students travel to conferences, meetings, and more for the chance to network, advocate for the profession and build the skills they need to succeed.

“I believe in this generation of students. The scholarships and fellowships I received in school were critical to achieving my educational goals and career success. It’s a privilege to pay it forward. “

-Gerry Danquist, ’65, former executive at Eli Lilly, established the Gerald A. Danquist Scholarship in 2013

Endowment Funds

Endowments are the lifeblood of every university because they create a stable, perpetual source of income. They are also a lasting investment that make it possible to create a legacy, honor the college, a loved one, or a respected faculty member. There are several types of endowments including scholarships, professorships, and naming endowments. The CPPS is fortunate to have over 60 endowed funds that yield over $350,000 a year in scholarship support for our student pharmacists, help send PhD and PharmD students to professional conferences, and support research by our faculty. Pictured above is the late Bill Gaskins (left) whose endowment helped to fund a portion of fourth-year student pharmacist Monica Sines’ (right) educational expenses.  If you are interested in establishing an endowment, please contact Kelly Sylvester at 509-368-6675.

View our existing scholarship endowments

Estate and Life Income Gifts

There’s no better way to impact the future than through a legacy gift to the CPPS. With proper planning through WSU and the CPPS, you can increase retirement income, reduce taxes, and see firsthand the difference your investment is making. Different types of assets can be gifted, including real estate, stock, retirement assets, and more. You can add the CPPS to your will, revocable living trust, or as a beneficiary designation anytime. Many of our pharmacy alumni have:

  • Established scholarship endowments through their estate gift to the college.
  • Supported a named space in the pharmacy building
  • Funded research in a particular area such as cancer
  • Provided scholarship support to first-generation students

Learn more about gift planning

Thank You!

Gifts and investments from a number of individuals and organizations have allowed the CPPS to move well beyond the expected and accomplish the remarkable.

View our list of donors!