Gifts & Giving to Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences unites the philanthropic interests of our community with the outstanding education of our student pharmacists, pioneering research and outstanding clinical care leaders.

This requires multiple partnerships with fellow academics, private industry, government groups, our alumni and with other potential donors whose support is critical to the missions and goals of the school.

We invite you to join our mission today by exploring our key priorities and supporting the area that touches your heart. Contributions at every level are essential to accelerating the pace of advanced research, delivering the most advanced care to patients and training the next generation of pharmacy leaders.

Student Scholarships

Skaggs School of Pharmacy Scholarship - Chancellor's Scholarship Match Challenge

At UC San Diego, our students are anything but ordinary. And we are committed to ensuring the next generation of changemakers has access to an education that will empower them to transform our world. Our Student Support and Success efforts are a critical campaign priority, and ongoing support for a broad range of scholarships and fellowships ensure that we continue to attract and retain a student community that is talented, ambitious, curious, inclusive and reflective of California’s diversity.

Your support can make a bigger difference now thanks to this complementary challenge match, which will increase the impact of gifts to support scholarships.

The Chancellor’s Scholarship, announced in February 2021 by Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla, provides a $1 match per $2 of gift up to $5,000,000 for eligible gifts to health-related professional school scholarships through the close of the Campaign for UC San Diego on June 30, 2022. Gifts or pledges less than $10,000 to this fund are eligible for the Chancellor's match.

Scholarship awards are provided to students who have demonstrated the greatest financial need and/or who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Alumni Scholarship

Scholarship awards are provided to students who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership, and service during pharmacy school.

Alumni Scholarship Recipient Student Testimonials

Thank you for your generous donation to the students of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS). I was lucky enough to be granted a scholarship that was made possible by our alumni.  SSPPS supporters are an invaluable contributor to the continued success of the students who attend this school.

I am sincerely humbled and honored to have been selected as the recipient of the alumni scholarship award. Thank you for your generosity, which will allow me to become more involved in the extracurricular organizations of our pharmacy school and local pharmacist organizations.  I am very thankful for receiving your thoughtful gift and will remember your generosity as it will only positively impact my outlook on helping the local community and pass on the generosity forward when it is my time.

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David and Penny Adler Endowed Scholarship Fund

In helping to found the Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, David Adler, Pharm.D. a UC San Francisco faculty member practicing with UC San Diego Healthcare, engaged local and state-wide support in the professional community and played a vital role in the multi-year and stepwise process in shepherding the application for a new school and pharmacy program at UC San Diego through the School of Medicine, the UC San Diego General campus, the Academic Senate and UC Office of the President. Dr. Adler, with the support of Penny Adler, has set the standard for combining academic leadership in founding a fully accredited pharmacy school in San Diego and developing pharmacy-centered clinical practices, such as the anti-coagulation clinics, within UC San Diego Healthcare. His innovative practice set the standards nationally for establishing centers of therapeutic care in areas where a depth of knowledge of pharmaceutical and medical specialties is required.

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Brookie and Trey Best Endowed Scholarship

Award to pharmacy students who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and who have led efforts in equity, diversity and inclusion while in pharmacy school.   Give Now

James Colbert Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to pharmacy students who have demonstrated a commitment to community service  and/or who have participated in education fairs (or similar) in economically under-served communities.  A student who “led” these efforts is preferred.  

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Eduardo Fricovsky Endowed Scholarship
Awarded to pharmacy students who have demonstrated a commit to the success of the student-run free clinics in San Diego, or similar clinics for economically disadvantaged or under-served in Southern California. Give Now
Paul John Endowed Scholarship Fund

Awarded to a P3 student who has demonstrated leadership and service during pharmacy school.  Give Now

Anthony Manoguerra Endowed Scholarship Fund

Anthony Manoguerra, Pharm.D. is Emeritus Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Emeritus Founding Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions. An international leader in the practice and teaching of clinical toxicology, Dr. Manoguerra had been a UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member and Director of the San Diego Division of the California Poison Control System for nearly 25 years. When the SSPPS was approved, Founding Dean Palmer Taylor called on him to develop and implement the admissions and student affairs policies and procedures necessary to enroll the first and subsequent classes of students. He continued in this role until his retirement in 2012.  This scholarship is awarded to a second or third year student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and abilities in SSPPS student government or SSPPS student professional associations.

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William Marcus Endowed Scholarship Fund

William (Bill) Marcus, J.D. was the founding Law and Ethics instructor for the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Marcus, an established faculty member at UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, and author of key textbooks on pharmacy law and its evolution over the years, established pharmacy law and ethics as a required course and subject area of study in the first year of the curriculum. With his academic experience and J.D. degree he offered new perspectives on pharmacy law and its interpretation for the benefit of the patient. Integral to his course offerings were commitments to the charter and succeeding classes in developing an ethical standard for the practice centered around the patient.

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Art Mlodozeniec Endowed Scholarship Fund

Arthur (“Art”) Mlodozeniec, Ph.D. joined the Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2005, where he traveled from the San Francisco Bay area weekly to lead the Pharmaceutics II courses in the Winter quarter. In this course he implemented the first reverse-engineering poster session, where the students take prescribed and dispensed pharmaceuticals back through the clinical indications, formulations used and its activity in humans to the discovery of the active pharmacological agent. Student research of the literature and their poster presentations are still being used in the first year pharmacy course at UC San Diego today. As a consultant, Dr. Mlodozeniec worked for multiple large pharmaceutical companies, but took particular pride in helping fledgling pharmaceutical companies under development and the emergence of their potential products. He was equally passionate about teaching Pharm.D. and Ph.D. students, and his commitment to creative pharmacy students is still reflected in the curriculum today.

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Candis and Chris Morello Diabetes Endowed Scholarship

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Godwin & Patricia Okeke Foundation Endowed Scholarship

Chukwuemeka (Emeka) Okeke, Pharm.D. is an alumnus of the Class of 2012 at the UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and while as a student, helped create the first Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) elective in Nigeria. Through this experience, pharmacy students were able provide direct patient care through a clinic model fashioned after the UC San Diego Student-run free clinics and through participation with the Rise Global Health Initiative for the treatment of epilepsy. Dr. Okeke continues to be intensively involved in a variety of global health education and clinical initiatives today, traveling frequently to support this multinational endeavor.

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Dong To Endowed Scholarship

Dr. Dong To was the Dean of the Saigon School of Pharmacy and a member of the Vietnamese boat people, forced from Vietnam with the fall of Saigon, emigrating to the United States. Given his background, he helped guide many Vietnamese pharmacists through the education and training necessary for developing a knowledge and practice base for taking the California and National Board examinations and becoming a practicing pharmacist in California. Their number approaches 100, and many of these people have encouraged pharmacy education in their families. Dr. To’s insights and support of his colleagues from Southeast Asia has resulted in the necessary diversity of the practicing pharmacists and research scientists.

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Tom Tozer Endowed Scholarship Fund

Tom Tozer, Pharm.D., Ph.D. was the founding instructor in the pharmaceutics series for the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He co-authored with Malcolm Roland leading textbooks in pharmacokinetics entitled, “Clinical Pharmacokinetics: Concepts and Applications, and Introduction to Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics, texts he used in his courses. He was a highly creative research investigator and professor at UC San Francisco for over three decades. Dr. Tozer’s imprint on the UC San Diego curriculum in engrained in our curriculum, since he has trained several of the students, who now serve as volunteer or career faculty at UC, San Diego. Dr. Tozer, whose father, Clayton ran the Tozer Drug store in Julian, California, has had long standing San Diego County ties and is well remembered for his supportive, “grandfather of pharmacy” image in helping pharmacy students through the rigorous and quantitatively-intense pharmaceutics courses that he taught in San Diego.

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Susan and Palmer Taylor Endowed Scholarship Fund

Palmer Taylor, Ph.D. is the Founding and Emeritus Dean of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences. His visions to start a pharmacy school at one of the Nation’s top ten research intensive universities and academic health centers and then link Pharm. D. and M.D. (medical) education are accomplishments that no other institution in the United States has achieved in recent decades. Susan Taylor, a Professor of Chemistry and Pharmacology and premier research investigator in protein structure and drug targets, has been involved in teaching P2 students metabolic biochemistry, joint teaching of medical and pharmacy students and facilitating cross-campus research in the pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences.

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Binh and Ton Tran Endowed Scholarship Fund

Binh Tran, Pharm.D., as a member of our volunteer faculty and with the abiding support of Ton Tran, MD., has transformed health care access and opportunities for recent immigrants and their families of Asian descent. Not only have her services brought untold benefits to the San Diego community in averting hepatitis morbidity and averting other infectious diseases as well as educating these groups on management of chronic conditions. Indeed, her endeavors have been of immense value in onsite training our pharmacy students in pharmaceutical care for underserved communities.

Dr. Tran’s outstanding volunteer service continues for the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at UC San Diego and the practice of pharmacy in the State of California, through many community venues including the Asian Pacific Health Foundation. Our founding faculty have honored Binh Tran, Pharm.D., through the Binh and Ton Tran Endowed Scholarship Fund.

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Other Funding Opportunities

Skaggs School of Pharmacy, Critical Use as Determined by the Dean

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UC San Diego Student-Run Free Clinic Pharmacy Phun Run

The UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Phun Run is an annual fundraising event that supports the UC San Diego student-run free clinic pharmacy programs. The UC San Diego Student-Run Free Clinic Project, in partnership with the community, provides respectful, empowering, high quality health care for the underserved while inspiring the next generation of health professionals. Beginning in 1997, the free clinic was set up in the basement of a church in Pacific Beach and since then, has reached a total of five different locations of which are open at different times with the same mission, to provide quality care to patients in need.  Students and faculty from the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at UC San Diego facilitate various clinical programs (Diabetes Care Clinic, Tobacco Cessation Clinic, Pneumovax Clinic, and Patient Assistance Programs) and work in tandem with the UC San Diego School of Medicine to assist our patients with a collaborative and interdisciplinary healthcare approach. Furthermore, our pharmacy students and volunteers work efficiently to fill almost 28,000 free monthly prescriptions, provide immunization programs, and medication education to our patients.

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Thank you for your support of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. If you have questions, or need more information, please contact