Grants and Scholarships

MPF Grants and Scholarships

Foundation Grants

Michigan Pharmacy Foundation (MPF) provides grant funding for projects that support its mission to advance pharmacy leadership, education and research and to promote pharmacy practice to the highest level of patient care. Over more than 20 years, the Foundation has awarded in excess of $275,000 in grant funding for projects that advance the profession.

Click on the black bars below to access additional information about applying for grant funding and past projects that the Foundation made possible.


Who can apply for grant funding from MPF?

MPF accepts grant applications from individual pharmacy professionals, including student pharmacists and residents, pharmacy organizations, colleges of pharmacy and pharmacy businesses in Michigan who desire to obtain funding for a project that promotes the mission of MPF in the state. It is important that these individuals or organizations conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, national origin or any other characteristic protected by law.

How do I apply for grant funding from MPF?

MPF grant applications are due Oct. 1 each year. Applications can be emailed to Dianne Malburg, MPF executive director, at or mailed to Michigan Pharmacy Foundation, Attn: Dianne Malburg, 408 Kalamazoo Plaza, Lansing, MI 48933. If your application is mailed, you must provide three copies. Please note that faxed applications will not be accepted. Instructions for using fillable PDF forms are available online. Grant determinations will be made by January of the following year.

What happens after I submit an application for grant funding from MPF?

Applications will be reviewed for completeness and then submitted to the MPF Board of Trustees for funding consideration, with determinations typically made in January of the following year. Grant requests may be fully or partially funded or denied. A site visit or interview may be scheduled before a final decision is made. In some cases, applicants may be requested to provide additional information. When additional information is requested, the applicant will be granted 30 days to respond to the request.

Grantees must sign an acceptance agreement and agree to the Foundation's funding terms. Grantees will also be required to submit an interim and final report. In addition, grantees will be requested to attend an event to present program outcomes or communicate the value of the grant program to prospective applicants.

The Board of Trustees reserves the right to award grants at any time, based on the mission and strategic interests of the Michigan Pharmacy Foundation and the evolving needs of the pharmacy profession. MPF may also consider requests outside of the traditional competitive process if they meet the following criteria:
    • The emergency is caused by forces of nature or events outside of the control of the organization (this does not include most financial emergencies).
    • The timing of the request is of an urgent nature and, therefore, precludes consideration in the regular grant cycle.

What if the project I’m requesting funding from MPF for spans over several years?

Most grants are for a term of one year; however, under certain circumstances, MPF will consider multi-year grant funding, especially if the grant fulfills a key strategic issue for the profession of pharmacy. It is expected that multi-year grants will be made on a limited basis, and the following general policies will apply:
    • Multi-year grants will typically be for 13 to 24 months
    • Grants will typically decrease in size in successive years to promote development of other sources of funding
    • Second-year funding will be based on annual review and successful attainment of program outcomes

What are some past projects that MPF has funded?

  • Use Caution, Drive Safely Campaign ($25,000)
    Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) conducted a public awareness and education campaign entitled Use Caution, Drive Safely to alert Michigan citizens of the critical need for using caution when taking prescription and nonprescription medication in conjunction with driving a vehicle. Patients were encouraged to contact their pharmacist to answer questions and for help in providing alternatives to prescription and over-the-counter medications that can cause drowsiness. The campaign also provided patients with information on what to do when they experience drowsiness-related side effects caused by medications and to make the appropriate decisions related to driving that will result in improved safety and decrease accidents associated with medication-related driving impairment. MPA selected Terri Lynn Land, the Michigan secretary of state at the time, as the spokesperson. The campaign included statewide education through provision of toolkits for 2,300 pharmacies, 230 hospitals and 250 Secretary of State offices in Michigan. Kits contained informational posters and literature holders with two-sided educational cards. The campaign also included 18 billboards located throughout the state rotated over 3-4 months to maximize exposure. The project was featured prominently at the MPA Annual Convention & Exposition, with Land appearing as a guest at the Opening Session, Exhibit Hall and at a reception. A mobile billboard was also placed outside the Dearborn Hyatt Regency for additional promotion. The MPA and Secretary of State Web sites, publications and radio public service announcements were also used to advertise.
  • COPD and Asthma Community AIM Project (Assess, Intervene, Maintain) ($1,000)
    Insaf Mohammad, a student pharmacist at Wayne State University, was awarded a grant for a pharmacist-driven chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma A.I.M. project geared toward assessing, intervening and maintaining. The first goal involves assessing the patient's perception of how well they are able to use their inhaler(s) as well as objectively determining the appropriateness of their technique with a vitalograph. This goal also includes an assessment of adherence to their inhaler regimen and disease control. Next, the goal is to intervene by providing patients with education regarding optimal inhaler technique, tools to optimize medication adherence and disease state counseling. Lastly, the goal is to ensure that patients are able to implement and maintain the necessary changes to their care. This program will be implement by pharmacists and student pharmacists at community events as well as by the ambulatory care clinical pharmacist in the Henry Ford Health System Pulmonary Clinic. Ultimately, the goal is to empower COPD and asthma patients by providing them with education to appropriately use their inhalers and adhere to their medication regimen. The project is expected to run from February 2015 through February 2016.

  • Medication Assessment Program with Wayne State University ($8,000)
    Wayne State University, West Virginia University, practicing pharmacists, Huron-Clinton Metroparks, St. Clair County and St. Clair County Road Commission collaborated to improve the effectiveness and affordability of medication regimens and lower overall prescription medication expenditures and/or health expenditures for people taking multiple medications. In addition, they gathered information about the feasibility and effectiveness of community-based pharmacists offering comprehensive medication assessments. The Medication Assessment Program (MAP) was created for users of multiple chronic medications. The program included a set package of services that included an initial medication assessment visit, therapy and health assessment by the pharmacist, a second visit that provided written, researched recommendations and patient education, a follow-up telephone call, and a final evaluation visit. The program was provided through a statewide network of 30 pharmacists with administrative and clinical support offered by the colleges of pharmacy. The college-sponsored system provided centralized patient enrollment, a uniform data collection and analysis process, patient care forms, patient education materials, peer review and drug information services, and a centralized service billing process was developed. In addition, 67 patients completed the MAP program, with care being provided in community pharmacies, at worksites and in patient homes. The MAP project was undertaken to test a model of care that, if successful, could serve to foster the growth of community-based pharmacist services. The translation of project activities and findings into practice has resulted in: the creation of a PowerPoint presentation on community-based pharmacist services and a CD of patient education materials for pharmacist use; new research to explore the impact of MAP on pharmacists’ practice; a publication and local, state and national presentations that describe the MAP program and its outcomes; and the development of various pharmacist services for employer groups and/or the general public. Results of this program were also published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association.

  • Pharmacy Day at the Capitol Transportation ($1,000)
    Each year, Michigan Pharmacy PAC holds Pharmacy Day at the Capitol, providing an opportunity for pharmacists and student pharmacists to interact with Michigan legislators and decision-makers. The event is designed to inform these influencers of the important role that pharmacists play in health care and the delivery of cost-effective and safe patient care. Student pharmacists play an integral role at Pharmacy Day at the Capitol either meeting with legislators, assisting with health screenings or helping with the medication disposal event. As the student pharmacists often struggle to find transportation to MPA events in Lansing, the Foundation provides financial assistance to each college of pharmacy to arrange for transportation to Pharmacy Day at the Capitol. This allows an increased number of student pharmacists to attend the event, making it more and more successful every year.

Additional projects supported by MPF grant funding include:

    • Questionnaire-directed Education Program on Asthma Outcomes ($15,000)
    • Michigan Emergency Prescription Program for Seniors ($10,000)
    • Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) Treatment and Behavior Support for Electronic Delivery Systems (ENDS) Cessation ($10,819)
    • Great Lakes Young Pharmacists Leadership Conference ($8,000)
    • Young Practitioner Leadership Academy ($5,000)
    • Diabetes Patient Compliance Project ($5,000)
    • PGY-2 Resident Project on Patient Self-Monitoring and Empowerment Project ($2,000)
    • Pharmacists of Michigan Initiative ($1,500)
    • Walk In Clinic and Community Pharmacy Antibiotic Stewardship Collaboration ($1,500)
    • Wayne State University APhA-ASP Student Chapter Immunization Program ($500)

What are the funding details once a grant is awarded?

Grant funding will typically be made in three installments. The first installment will be 50 percent of the approved grant funding, paid within 21 days of receipt of the grant acceptance agreement form (click here to see an example). The next installment will be 25 percent, paid upon MPF Board of Trustees approval of the brief, six-month interim report. The remaining 25 percent of grant funding will be disbursed upon approval of the final report, no longer than 13 months after initiation of the project.

Interim reports will be no more than two, single-spaced, typed pages in 12-point, Times New Roman font. The interim report should provide an overview of progress made on the project, including appropriate statistics such as patient enrollment in a study and material development. It will also include an accountability of expenses to date, compared to the original budget.

The final report will be no more than four, single-spaced, typed pages in 12-point, Times New Roman font. The report should provide a brief overview of the study, achieved outcomes, appropriate statistical data relevant to the study/project, and an accountability of income and expenses as it relates to budget versus actual financials. Details regarding plans to sustain the project beyond grant funding should also be included.

Grantees will be required to present their study/project outcomes or communicate the value of the MPF grant program to prospective applicants at a Foundation Board meeting, at the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) Annual Convention & Exposition or some other mutually agreed upon event. MPF and/or MPA will have first right of refusal to publish outcomes related to funded projects.

What types of projects will the Foundation not provide funding for?

The Foundation typically will not fund grants for the following types of projects:
    • Construction projects (new building or routine maintenance)
    • Proprietary projects
    • Annual giving campaigns
    • Normal operating expenses (except for start-up purposes)
    • Equipment purchases
    • Fundraising events
    • Religious or sectarian purposes
    • Computer hardware equipment
    • Salaries to support organizational staff or grant recipients; however, fees for research/technician services, consulting fees or administrative services expenses may be allowable if essential to the development/implementation of the project.
    • Partisan political purposes
    • Loans
    • Re-granting
    • Indirect costs exceeding 10 percent of the grant
    • Programs or projects conducted outside the state of Michigan

Foundation Scholarships

The Foundation also provides scholarships to exceptional up-and-coming pharmacists. Since establishing the program in 2002, the Foundation has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to deserving future practitioners.

Each year, a $2,500 scholarship is awarded to one student pharmacist at each of Michigan’s three colleges of pharmacy. When funding allows, the Foundation Board of Trustees may award additional scholarships to student pharmacists who exhibit exceptional academic, leadership and professional achievements. 

Click on the black bars below for additional information on the MPF Student Scholarship program.

Who can apply for the MPF Student Scholarship?

The MPF Student Scholarship recognizes a P2 or P3 student pharmacist who is currently enrolled in a pharmacy program at an accredited college of pharmacy located in the state of Michigan. In addition, it recognizes individual leadership, academic and professional advancement.

To be considered for this competitive scholarship, a student pharmacist must:

  • Have a 2.75 cumulative grade point average
  • Have completed their first year of an accredited Pharm.D. program at one of the three Michigan colleges of pharmacy
  • Be a full-time P2 or P3 student pharmacist when applying
  • Be a current member of Student Michigan Pharmacists Association (verified by MPA staff)
  • Submit a mandatory essay on the topic or focus determined annually. Essay should be no longer than two double-spaced pages, formatted in 12-point, Times New Roman font with one-inch margins. Note that winner’s essays may be used in future publications issued by the Foundation.
  • Submit a CV or resume. This will provide the selection committee with information regarding your co-curricular involvement. If your college makes co-curricular transcripts available, please submit a copy of your co-curricular transcript with the application. Applicants will be scored based on their level of involvement related to:
    • Professional and other Organizational Engagement
    • Research and Scholarly Activities
    • Community Service
    • Professional Advocacy
  • Arrange for one letter of recommendation related to educational or pharmacy experiences to be submitted directly to MPF. The recommender can email their letter to, fax to (517) 484-4893 or mail to Michigan Pharmacy Foundation, Attn: Dianne Malburg, 408 Kalamazoo Plaza, Lansing, MI 48933. Please note that letters sent by the applicant will not be accepted.

How do I apply for the MPF Student Scholarship?

Find the 2019-2020 scholarship application here.

What is the essay topic for the current year?

The essay topic for 2019-2020 is as follows:

“How do you feel the Michigan Pharmacy Foundation impacts pharmacy today and how do you see it impacting the profession in the future?”

What is the scholarship amount and duration?

The scholarship amount will be $2,500, and it is a one-time award. The $2,500 scholarship will be paid in one payment and presented during the MPA Annual Convention & Exposition held in the upcoming year. The Annual Convention is typically held the last weekend in February. The awardee is expected to be in attendance on Saturday at the Annual Convention to receive their scholarship. In addition, the awardee must still be enrolled full-time and making satisfactory progress on his or her educational degree.

What are important dates and deadlines to remember for the scholarship program?

    • Oct. 1: Deadline for application, CV or resume and a professional letter of recommendation. If materials are not received by this date (postmark or fax date), the application will not be considered by the Selection Committee
    • Nov. 30: Scholarship recipients are selected 
    • Jan. 1: Scholarship recipients are notified
    • February of following year: Scholarships awarded on Saturday at the MPA Annual Convention & Exposition

What have past scholarship recipients said about the program?

“I am honored to have been selected as the Michigan Pharmacy Foundation Student Scholarship recipient. This award has eased the stress associated with tuition expenses and has helped me focus on my scholastic achievements. I will be using this scholarship to strengthen my involvement with national organizations and attend conferences to widen my learning opportunities in hopes to better serve my profession, patients, and peers. It has truly validated my dedication to advance the profession of pharmacy. Thank you to everyone at MPF for their generous contribution, and I can’t wait to pay it forward!” – Linda Arrabi, 2018 Pharm.D. candidate, Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

“I am incredibly grateful to the Michigan Pharmacy Foundation for providing me with the Student Scholarship in 2017. This scholarship provides me with opportunities to engage in community events and has helped me learn more about ways I can advocate for pharmacists’ role in patient care. In the scholarship application, I discussed how regulatory issues in pharmacy are especially important to consider in the growing community and ambulatory settings. With the support of the MPF Student Scholarship, I have been able to talk to the pharmacists who are leading the change in this area, and to see how even as students, we can make a difference. I am excited to see ambulatory pharmacy grow in the next few years, and I am thankful to MPF for laying the groundwork for me to get involved in this initiative.” – Emily Hoylman, 2018 Pharm.D. candidate, University of Michigan College of Pharmacy

“Being awarded the Michigan Pharmacy Foundation Student Scholarship is an honor. As a pharmacy student, there is a great deal of academic and financial stress. However, as students it is important that we are active in our field and keep up with regulatory issues. When I applied for this scholarship I really had to think about what I believe are the most important regulatory issues facing pharmacy today and how I can help inform other students as well as the community about these important issues. Since receiving this scholarship, I have been able to be active in the profession and maintain my academic success. I am so thankful that both MPF and MPA have given me the tools to be the best student pharmacist I can be.” – Allison Bouwma, 2018 Pharm.D. candidate, Ferris State University

"I am honored to have been chosen as a Michigan Pharmacy Foundation scholarship winner. This scholarship will not only help ease the financial burden of pharmacy school, but also provide me the funds to continue my involvement in ASHP, SNPhA and MPA at the state and national levels. I am excited to expand my involvement with this funding, and use what I learn to better myself as a student pharmacist as well as to share my experiences and knowledge with peers. In addition, receiving this scholarship as a P2 student helped me realize my leadership potential, and has motivated me to continue advancing myself as a leader. After addressing why provider status is important for health-system pharmacists in my scholarship essay, I am looking forward to involving our SSHP chapter in advocacy more next year, particularly through collaboration with MSHP. Thank you to those who help support student pharmacists through MPF!" — Emily Belarski, 2017 Pharm.D. candidate, University of Michigan College of Pharmacy

"The MPF Scholarship has financially assisted me in subsidizing the cost of education necessities, including tuition, travel funds and membership dues. This scholarship has also allowed me focus on my studies and organizational involvement through alleviating the financial burden that comes with pharmacy school. I would like to thank the Michigan Pharmacists Association and Michigan Pharmacy Foundation for the recognition and I am truly grateful for award. I hope to pass on the opportunities by building and supporting future pharmacy leaders of tomorrow to advance the profession and provide quality care to patients." — Victor Nguyen, 2016 Pharm.D. candidate, Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences