Partners in Pharmacy


Partners in Pharmacy is the former WONARD or the Women’s Organization of the National Association of Retail Druggists, which was founded in 1905 during the 7th NARD Annual Convention. (NARD, the National Association of Retail Druggists, formed in 1898 was renamed NCPA, the National Association of Community Pharmacists in 1998.)

Partners in Pharmacy (PIP) is now an auxiliary organization that supports NCPA and the NCPA Foundation.

Since 1915, Partners in Pharmacy has been offering scholarships to pharmacy students pursuing a career in pharmacy. This scholarship program has touched hundreds of pharmacy students. The scholarships recognize pharmacy students for their exemplary academic performance, community service, and a demonstrated commitment to independent pharmacy.

Award Criteria

The Partners in Pharmacy Scholarship will be made on the basis of the following priorities:

  • Leadership Qualities: Potential candidates will be evaluated by the PIP Scholarship Committee on the basis of leadership qualities and accomplishments with a demonstrated interest in independent pharmacy, as well as involvement in extracurricular activities. These qualities will be measured by the required supporting documents.
  • Academic Achievement: Scholastic success is a necessary condition for consideration and will be measured using current college transcripts.
  • Demonstrated Interest: Scholarships are awarded to students based on career goals and objectives and established interest in independent pharmacy as a career option.

Please be prepared to provide the following documents (2-page limit for each):

  • Most recent **official** transcript (May be sent separately)
  • Letter from School Official. This letter should briefly describe the student’s extracurricular accomplishments, leadership qualities and contributions to the school. (May be sent separately)
  • Letter from Pharmacy Owner or Manager (preferably an NCPA member). This letter should briefly describe the student’s commitment to the pharmacy profession, and pharmacist’s knowledge of applicant’s interest in independent pharmacy as a career. (May be sent separately)
  • Resume or CV listing student’s work experience, advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs) and peer-reviewed research and other major publications.
  • Partners in Pharmacy (PIP) Letter from Applicant. Briefly describe:
    • School and civic accomplishments and goals for the future;
    • Demonstrated interest in independent pharmacy;
    • Description of career goals and objectives and established interest in independent pharmacy as a career option.


Multiple scholarships will be awarded. All pharmacy students who are student members of NCPA are eligible to apply for the Partners in Pharmacy Scholarship. The student must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. school or college of pharmacy on a full-time basis during the academic term that the scholarship is awarded. The student must be within 24 months of graduation.

Note: Students may apply for multiple scholarships but will not be awarded more than one scholarship per year and will not be awarded a particular scholarship more than once.  

Children of Partners in Pharmacy Officers, NCPA Foundation Officers, NCPA Officers, or NCPA Executive Committee members are not eligible to participate in the program.

Payment Process

The Partners in Pharmacy Scholarship is awarded on an individual basis and is non-transferable. A check for $2,000 from the NCPA Foundation will be sent to each recipient’s school to be put towards his/her account.

Note: Award recipient must be present at the NCPA Annual Convention to receive this award. Up to a $300 travel stipend will be provided along with a complimentary registration to the NCPA conference.

The deadline for college scholarships for this year has passed but will open for the next school year in November.