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Multicultural Pharmacy Scholars Program

Enriching our Healthcare System through Multicultural leadership

The Multicultural Pharmacy Scholars Program (MPSP) offers academically well-prepared pharmacy students from under-represented backgrounds support and assistance to maximize their leadership skills, academic success and professional opportunities in pharmacy school.

MPSP offers advising, peer support from student colleagues and activities to enhance the academic, social, personal and career aspects of the pharmacy school experience. MPSP scholars are eligible to receive renewable academic scholarships and funding to attend professional meetings.


To be eligible to participate, a student must:

  • Be admitted into the School of Pharmacy
  • Be a U.S. citizen or have been granted U.S. Permanent Resident status
  • Be an academically well-prepared student from an under-represented background in the School of Pharmacy (including African-Americans, Latino/a, and Indigenous students) who may be first generation college attendees and have financial need as defined by Pell Grant eligibility


Renewable scholarships typically range from $500 to $1,000 per semester, based on academic performance, student participation, financial need, and available funding.

Mentoring and Academic Advising

MPSP scholars attend individual monthly advising meetings with the MPSP faculty director and receive peer mentoring from upper level students. Students also attend semester group leadership and/or professional meetings during the semester.


Academic tutoring is available for all MPSP members.

Cultural and Social Events

The University Multicultural Scholars Program hosts several events each semester that scholars from each of the undergraduate programs across campus attend.

Leadership and Professional Development

Students have opportunities to get involved in the KU and local community, including networking opportunities with other students, faculty, and professional pharmacy practitioners. Support for study abroad and professional meetings is also available.

Student Responsibilities

MPSP scholars are expected to attend all pharmacy classes and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5. They must attend and participate in all advising/mentoring meetings and MPSP events. It is also the responsibility of each student to serve as a mentor to the P1, P2, and P3 students, if needed.

Application Procedures

KU School of Pharmacy’s Multicultural Pharmacy Scholars Program (MPSP) prepares future generations of multicultural leaders to address important health problems. The goal of the program is to assist and prepare students to receive maximum benefit from the pharmacy program.


MPSP students must:

  • be admitted into the KU School of Pharmacy.
  • be a U.S. citizen or have been granted U.S. permanent resident status.
  • be academically well‐prepared and from a background that is underrepresented in the School of Pharmacy (including African‐American, Latino/a, and Indigenous students) who may be first-generation college students and have financial need as defined by Pell Grant eligibility.

Additional Program Information

  • MPSP program director serves as the primary contact and student advisor.
  • Students receive peer support from a community of students.
  • MPSP funds students to attend cultural events and professional activities to further their development as leaders.
  • Students are eligible to receive renewable academic scholarships.

Program Requirements

  • Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5.
  • Students are required to attend a number of specified activities/events.

How to Apply

Complete and submit the application and application essay.

Essay Instructions

The application essay (maximum of three double‐spaced pages) is in three parts:

PART I: Describe how being a member of one or more of the groups represented by the Multicultural Pharmacy Scholars Program has influenced who you are and helped shape your life goals. Who has influenced you the most in your life and how? Why is a pharmacy education important to you? What barriers or challenges have you had to overcome to access a college education and be admitted into the pharmacy program? What have you learned from these experiences that you might contribute to the pharmacy profession?

PART II: The MPSP provides faculty mentoring and peer support, along with exposure to cultural experiences. What areas of your development as a student might benefit from the MPSP Program? What specific issues do you wrestle with that you might work on if you were selected as a scholar?

Part III: Your Goal. In one sentence, state your goal as a pharmacy student. For example, “I will learn to make a difference in ____________ (your interests) through _________ (your plans for learning and contributing).” MPSP Application 2015 Multicultural Pharmacy Scholars Program University of Kansas School of Pharmacy Preparing future generations of multicultural leaders to address important health problems.


For questions about the KU Multiculural Pharmacy Scholars Program, please contact:

Dennis Grauer
Multicultural Pharmacy Scholars Program Director

Interested students are also encouraged to read additional information on the KU Multicultural Scholars Program website.

2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
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100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU