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Pictured left to right: Sookie Cameron; Ronald G. Cameron, CEO of Cameron and Company, Inc.; Gary Stoehr, PharmD, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences and associate dean for student and academic affairs, School of Pharmacy; Dennis Swanson, MS, professor of pharmacy and therapeutics and assistant dean, School of Pharmacy; Renee Pekor, director of health sciences development, University of Pittsburgh; and Leah DeRosa, third-year PharmD student at the School of Pharmacy and first recipient of the Cameron and Company, Inc. Pharmacy Scholarship.

 

Latrobe Native Gives $50,000 For Scholarships At University Of Pittsburgh School Of Pharmacy

 

PITTSBURGH, February 24, 2005 — Ronald G. Cameron, a 1957 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and a native of Latrobe, Pa., has donated $50,000 to establish a scholarship endowment at the school.

“I am just happy to be in a position to be able to do this for the University and the students,” said Mr. Cameron. He and his wife, Sookie Cameron, were in Pittsburgh to make a formal presentation to the School of Pharmacy and to meet the first recipient of the Cameron and Company, Inc. Pharmacy Scholarship.

The scholarship provides assistance to students who are in the final two years of the Pharm.D. curriculum and who have financial need. Mr. Cameron also specified that first preference for the scholarship be given to students from Westmoreland County. The first recipient is Leah DeRosa, a native of Mt. Pleasant, Pa., and a 2000 graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School.

“I feel very honored to have been chosen for the scholarship,” said Ms. DeRosa, who is in her third and last year of classes at the School of Pharmacy. “It is definitely helping me out financially this semester. I was very excited in November when I found out I was chosen, but after meeting the Camerons, I feel even more grateful.”

“It is heartwarming when an alumnus decides to remember the School of Pharmacy in such a meaningful way,” said Patricia Kroboth, Ph.D., dean of the School of Pharmacy. “By funding a scholarship at the School of Pharmacy, Ron Cameron has shown his commitment to helping the students of today and tomorrow make the most of their opportunities here.”

Mr. Cameron is the chief executive officer of Cameron and Company, Inc. Founded in 1970, Cameron and Company, Inc. was the first company to establish a registry of pharmacists for temporary assignments. The company, headquartered in Las Vegas, now has offices in 15 states and fills the temporary staffing needs of pharmacies from Florida to Hawaii.

Founded in 1878, the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy is ranked among the top 10 in the nation’s schools and colleges of pharmacy when measured by research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The School of Pharmacy is dedicated to maximizing human health and well-being by preparing pharmacists to be lifelong learners, by providing pharmaceutical care, by developing innovative practice models, and by advancing science through cutting-edge research.

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