First Student-Sponsored Endowed Scholarship Announced
The Alpha Chapter of Phi Delta Chi has founded the Prescott Leadership Award, the first student sponsored endowed scholarship at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. The Prescott Leadership Award recognizes a Brother of Phi Delta Chi who significantly contributed to the advancement of the Alpha Chapter by embodying the chapter pillars: leadership, scholarship, professionalism, brotherhood, and service. To ensure that the Prescott Leadership Award highlights the actions of a brother who displayed excellence but did not hold a formal leadership role, all current members of the Executive Board are ineligible for the scholarship during the year in which it is awarded. The scholarship advances the ideals of the Alpha Chapter by offering substantive recognition for the contributions of “little L” leaders in the organization.
Phi Delta Chi is America’s first professional fraternity serving the field of pharmacy. The fraternity was founded on November 2, 1883 at the College of Pharmacy and led by Dean Albert B. Prescott. The Alpha chapter has developed over the years with a focus on the mission of shaping leaders who advance the profession of pharmacy. As of 2015, the Alpha chapter boasts numerous alumni and 141 collegiate Brothers.
The Alpha Chapter has set a goal to raise $25,000 over the next 5 years. The money raised will yield an annual $1,000 scholarship to be awarded to an outstanding Brother, who will be selected by the Alpha Chapter faculty advisors. When asked about the importance of the Prescott Leadership Award, chapter co-advisor Dr. Melanie Engels said, “In the words of John Quincy Adams, ‘If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.’ Without having “little L” leaders, the Alpha Chapter would not be successful in fulfilling its missions and duties. Acknowledging these well-deserving Brothers by honoring them with the Prescott Leadership Award is an extremely important and necessary endeavor.”
The Alpha chapter serves the local community, as well as broader national efforts through St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Brothers also plan and participate in events centered on professionalism, including networking workshops and guest speaker series at the College of Pharmacy.
In order to make this scholarship possible, the Prescott Leadership Award depends on the help of alumni contributions. If you would like to contribute to the Phi Delta Chi Prescott Leadership Award, please visit the online giving page.