Donna Walker Leadership Institute

On October 7, 2013, Donna J. Walker '79 agreed to create and endow the Walker Pharmacy Leadership Scholars Endowment Fund for $525,000, launching a student leadership initiative that will identify, educate and recognize pharmacy student leaders at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy (USC-COP).

    “The Walker Pharmacy Leadership Scholars Endowment will actively promote development of leaders in pharmacy,” said Walker, who is president of Pulido Walker Foundation. “Our hope is that these students will make substantive contributions during their pharmacy careers through exceptional leadership in business, health policy, and advocacy.”

Students are eligible to apply for the Walker Leadership Scholars Program in the Spring of their P1 year. Two students are selected to become Walker Leadership Scholars and are awarded the Tony M. Walker Leadership Scholarship each year. The Walker Leadership Scholars Program is considered a Leadership Track at the university and each scholar will graduate with leadership distinction.

The program's mission is to provide high capacity pharmacy student leaders the opportunity to accelerate their leadership development through experiential learning and mentorship. Our goal is that these students will make substantial contributions during their pharmacy careers through exceptional leadership in business, health policy, and advocacy. The program offer students the opportunity to participate in team building activities, project management skills, interviewing and hiring skills, and mentorship with the support of faculty and pharmacy leaders.

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"Pursuit of the Possible" 

The logo is an ancient apothecary weight bearing the seasonal symbols of alchemy.

This Old World instrument represents the weighing and measuring of decisions EVERY DAY of EVERY SEASON to achieve excellence.

    “The success of the pharmacy profession in addressing health care needs in the years ahead depends on a number of factors--the pharmaceutical knowledge and skills acquired, professional attributes developed, as well as the leadership of individuals entering the profession,” Walker said. “We must attract and educate promising student leaders with high potential to grow professionally in order to best serve patients and solve today's pressing health care issues.”

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