Pharmacy Technician Scholarships and Grants
Whether you are choosing your first major for college, or you have tried out other jobs first and have now realized that being a Pharmacy Technician is the career you truly want to peruse, you may be able to apply for a scholarship or a grant. There are some wonderful opportunities available for those who are willing to work hard and show their potential.
There are a number of independent organizations who offer training for promising aspiring Pharmacy Technicians. There are full scholarships, partial scholarships and repayable grants available – so don’t let your financial situation be the reason why you don’t follow your dream to become a Pharmacy Technician.
Below are a number of factors you should bear in mind when applying for a scholarship or grant. Take a look at the Student Scholarship Website to help you find a scholarship.
Scholarship Determining Factors
There are a number of factors that determine whether you are eligible for aid with paying for your Pharmacy Technician training and certification. Although these factors do vary slightly from organization to organization there are some which remain fairly constant throughout.
In most cases the institution offering aid will expect you to have achieved your GED with a reasonable pass rate. They will also expect you to be able to validate your need for financial aid – in other words, if you come from a financial disadvantage you are more eligible for aid than someone from an affluent family who can afford to pay for your training. To find out what the requirements are with each organization you will need to visit their websites or contact them directly. Be sure and check more than one, though, as they do vary.
Watch the Deadline
Every Scholarship has deadline restrictions. If you want to enroll for the up-coming school year you need to keep a careful eye on deadlines and open seasons for grant applications. If you miss the deadline to apply for a scholarship you will have to wait until the following application season, which in many instances will be a year later. Once you have found an institution whose application criteria you meet, find out exactly when you can apply, and make sure that you do so in a timely manner.
Pharmacy Technician Scholarships – who offers them and how to apply
The first course of action when looking for a scholarship is to contact the college or institution of learning where your desired course is situated. They should have a fair idea of what scholarships are available and who offers them. They should be able to put you in touch with the relevant parties to start the application process.
Medical Company Scholarships
Many pharmaceutical companies recognize there is a need for trained Pharmacy Technicians – and therefor offer scholarships and bursaries as part of their contribution to continuing the profession. Below is a list of companies and organizations who offer assistance to aspiring pharmacy students:
- American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education
- American College of Apothecaries Research Education Foundation
- National Association of Chain Drug Stores
- American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
- American Institute of the History of Pharmacy
- American Pharmacists Association
- Health Alliance
- National Community Pharmacists Association
- Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
- Rite Aid
Points to Remember
Regardless of who you choose to approach for assistance with paying for your Pharmacy Technician Course, you must bear in mind the following points if you are to be successful:
- You must apply with all the required documentation well before the deadline.
- You must express your dedication to the profession and validate your desire to study this course.
- You must express your financial needs and be able to back up your claims about your income with the relevant documentation
- Express your continued loyalty to the company that offers you a grant.
- Be vigilant once you have applied, and make sure you don’t miss the acceptance letter, or any other communication from the institution where you have applied.