WSU Pharmacy Students Rachel Lindgren and Priya Bhatia Named Bill Gaskins Pharmacy Scholarship Recipients
Sep 9, 2015
The Bill Gaskins Pharmacy Scholarship, established in 2013, honors Bill Gaskins, Washington State University alumnus, instructor, mentor, WSU Athletic Hall of Fame inductee and retired Director of Pullman Regional Hospital Pharmacy.
“The Bill Gaskins Pharmacy Scholarship creates a unique intersection of the legacy of Bill Gaskins and his commitment to quality education for future pharmacists and the continuing importance of well-trained pharmacists as an integral part of the overall health care team,” said Pullman Regional Hospital CEO, Scott Adams.
Upon his retirement from Pullman Regional Hospital after 43 years of service, the Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation established the Bill Gaskins Pharmacy Scholarship Fund to honor Bill and assist Pharmacy student interns and residents training in rural pharmacy. The Bill Gaskins Pharmacy Scholarship builds upon a long-standing legacy of Pullman Regional Hospital serving as site for clinical rotations with WSU Pharmacy students; it is supported by hospital employees and the community. Scholarships in the amount of $2,500 are awarded to eligible applicants each semester to assist with tuition, fees, books, travel and living expenses.
To be eligible for the Gaskins Scholarship, applicants must be accepted to, or enrolled in, a WSU program leading to a degree or certificate in Pharmacy or allied health, be in good academic standing with Washington State University, have completed a minimum 30 volunteer hours with the Pullman Regional Hospital Pharmacy department, and show evidence of intent to practice pharmacy in a rural environment or provide services to underserved populations.
“Pharmacists working in a rural environment have a unique opportunity to be an important healthcare practitioner for members of their community,” said Bill Gaskins. “A pharmacist in a rural setting is more likely to be a generalist in health care,” he said.
Washington State University College of Pharmacy students, Rachel Lindgren and Priya Bhatia are the recipients of the $2,500 scholarship for the fall 2015 semester.
For Rachel Lindgren, work as a Hospitality Aide in the Bremerton area instilled compassion for the elderly and inspired a career as a pharmacist. She hopes to pursue work in a nursing home or hospice program to improve the use of medications and enhance the quality of life for seniors.
“The elderly need someone that they can trust to provide them with equal medical care. I want to be a trusted healthcare professional and have a positive influence on their lives,” Rachel wrote in her statement of intent.
Priya Bhatia’s time volunteering as a pharmacy assistant at Pullman Regional Hospital and Sid’s Pharmacy further expanded upon a passion and willingness to help people. In her statement of intent, Priya wrote, “As a pharmacist, I want to encourage people to live a healthy and active life, educating patients about preventative techniques, and showing concern and sympathy.”
Andrea Howell, Director of Pullman Regional Hospital Pharmacy said scholarship assistance can play a significant role in supporting students to help relieve the financial burden of travel and living expenses accrued through the valuable experience of rotations. “This is a commitment Pullman Regional Hospital and our community proudly fulfill. As a former student of Bill’s, I believe it’s a perfect way to honor his legacy of fostering an environment of learning and share his heart for the underserved.”
Applications for 2016 spring semester will be available through Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation in September of 2015. For more information, please contact Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation (509) 332-2046.
Contact: Alison Weigley, Assistant Director of Development, External Relations & Marketing
Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation