The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy has selected Walmart the 2014 recipient of its prestigious Distinguished Service Award, for its decade of support for faculty recruitment through the AACP Walmart Scholars Program.
The scholars program provides $1,000 scholarships to student-faculty pairs from AACP member institutions to attend the Annual Meeting, with the goal of strengthening the recipient’s skills and commitment to a career in academic pharmacy.
The AACP Board of Directors specifically recognized David D. Trang, Pharm.D., MBA, now on faculty at the University of the Incarnate Word, for his contributions in starting this program while in management at Walmart. The award will be presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting, to be held July 26-30, in Grapevine, Texas.
“It is remarkable that Walmart saw the connection between having adequate numbers of well-prepared faculty in pharmacy schools and their own core priorities as a healthcare company,” said Lucinda L. Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph., Executive Vice President and CEO of AACP. “When David Trang approached AACP indicating that he felt the company should support efforts to make academic careers compelling to our top students, we could never imagine that this program could touch so many lives. It is a privilege to be in partnership with Walmart for more than a decade.”