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Multicultural Pharmacy Scholars Program

Enriching our healthcare system through multicultural leadership

The Multicultural Pharmacy Scholars Program (MPSP) offers financial and academic support to high-achieving pharmacy students from under-represented backgrounds.

MPSP scholars can take advantage of enhanced faculty advising, peer support and social opportunities for a more enriching academic experience. MPSP students can also apply for funding assistance to attend professional meetings locally, throughout the United States and abroad. MPSP scholarships are renewable. 


Eligible students must be admitted to the KU School of Pharmacy, a U.S.. citizen or permanent resident, academically well-prepared and from a background that is underrepresented at the KU School of Pharmacy.


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 monthly advising meetings with the MPSP faculty director and receive peer mentoring from upper-level students. Students also attend group leadership and professional meetings each semester.

Cultural and Social Events

The KU Multicultural Scholars Program hosts several events each semester. Learn more about these events from your faculty advisor or visit the KU Multicultural Scholars Program website at msp.ku.edu.

Leadership and Professional Development

Students have opportunities to get involved in the KU and local community, including interaction with other students, faculty, and pharmacy practitioners. MPSP student can also apply for funding assistance to attend professional meetings locally, throughout the United States and abroad.

Student Responsibilities

MPSP scholars are expected to attend all of their 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 upper-class student to serve as a mentor to the P1, P2, and P3 students, if needed.

Application and Instructions

Application and Essay Submission Deadline: September 30

How to Apply:

Complete and submit:

  1. KU Multicultural Pharmacy Scholars Program (MPSP) Application
    1. Includes Application Essay

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).”

Complete the application form and application essay by September 30.

For questions about the application, email Dennis Grauer at dgrauer@ku.edu


For questions about the KU Multicultural 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.

Coronavirus Update

You Can Still Reach Us

Academic Support Services

Academic support services typically accessed via the Dean’s office are still available by appointment via phone/Skype/Zoom. Please contact KU School of Pharmacy Student Services at rxstudentservices@ku.edu.

Prospective Students
(future freshmen or transfers)

KU is offering limited on-campus visits. Learn more at Visiting KU. The School of Pharmacy offers phone appointments for pre-pharmacy guidance. Please contact Admissions Representative Chris Claussen at rxadmissions@ku.edu.

Pre-Pharmacy Students

Pre-pharmacy students seeking guidance may still schedule phone appointments. Please contact Admissions Representative Chris Claussen at rxadmissions@ku.edu.

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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
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