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North Central Ohio Pharmacists Association (NCOPA) Awards Grant Scholarships to two local area Pharmacy Students
MANSFIELD, OHIO, January 19, 2016 – NCOPA (North Central Ohio Pharmacists Association) Awards Grant Scholarships to two local Pharmacy Students. Emily Ickes, Jeromesville, Ohio and Derek Zeiter, Mansfield, Ohio, were each awarded Grant Scholarships of $500. Ms. Ickes is pursuing her PharmD degree at The Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio and Mr. Zeiter is also pursuing his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Toledo. Both of these individuals have received numerous certifications, shown involvement in volunteer work and received recognition, awards and scholarships for their strong dedication to pharmacy. In August, the NCOPA notified all the Pharmacy colleges in Ohio that they were accepting applications for qualified students. To be eligible the student had to reside in Richland, Ashland or Crawford County and have completed the undergraduate course of study in the pharmaceutical sciences. A Grant committee consisting of NCOPA members: Verne Mounts, Michael Semon and Charles Brooks reviewed the applications and selected these two students.
Emily and Derek accepted an invitation from Secretary Ray Galuzny, to attend the regular January NCOPA meeting, which was held on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at the Ontario Event Center (RoadHouse), 3985 Park Avenue West, Ontario, Ohio. Timothy Denis, President of the NCOPA, presented the students with their scholarships checks. A combined total of twenty-seven retail and hospital pharmacists attended this meeting. The current officers of the NCOPA are Timothy Denis, President, Michael Bing, VP, Ray Galuzny, Secretary and Kathleen Histed, Treasurer.
About the NCOPA
The NCOPA, which has been in existence for more than 50 years, is a professional and a social pharmacy organization with primary emphasis on providing its members a means to obtain quality continuing education. It is through this social gathering on a monthly basis that retail and hospital pharmacists within the North Central Ohio Region have the distinguished opportunity to network together and discuss topics of regional relevance. NCOPA monthly meetings are frequently hosted by pharmaceutical companies providing speakers who are specialists in their area of medical practice to discuss topics of interest to the pharmacy profession. These educational meetings provide information on new and emerging therapies, new medication releases, standards of medical care, understanding the management and treatment of various disease states, clinical updates, improving patient understanding and outcomes as well as the proper use of medications. Most importantly, yearly pharmacy law updates are provided by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy and discussed along with any current issues affecting the practice of pharmacy.
Ray Galuzny, RPh