Indigenous Pharmacy Professionals of Canada Scholarships

June 20, 2024

The Indigenous Pharmacy Professionals of Canada (IPPC) was established to connect and support Indigenous pharmacy professionals and help all pharmacists provide better care to Indigenous patients. They are committed to creating and promoting pharmacy practice models that respect the safety, quality, strengths and teachings of Indigenous Peoples of Canada.

One of their key priorities is to encourage and support Indigenous youth interested in pursuing a career in pharmacy. To accomplish this, IPPC and CPhA are pleased to offer an annual scholarship that will support First Nations, Métis and Inuit individuals entering post-secondary pharmacy education programs.

For the 2024-2025 academic year, the following scholarships are available:

  • IPPC Indigenous Pharmacy Scholarship by Johnson & Johnson (PharmD scholarship at $20,000 per year for 1 year)
  • IPPC Indigenous Pharmacy Scholarship by BioScript Solutions (PharmD scholarship at $20,000 per year for up to 4 years)
  • IPPC Indigenous Pharmacy Scholarship by Green Shield Canada (Pharmacy technician scholarship at $5,000 per year for 1 year)
  • IPPC Indigenous Pharmacy Scholarship by Sobeys National Pharmacy Group (Pharmacy technician scholarship at $5,000 per year for 1 year)
  • IPPC Indigenous Pharmacy Scholarship by BioScript Solutions (Pharmacy technician scholarship at $5,000 for up to 2 years)

Multi-year scholarships continuing for 2024-2025:

  • IPPC Indigenous Pharmacy Scholarship by Shoppers Drug Mart (PharmD) is held by Makenzie Karpounin, University of Alberta (awarded in 2023-2024 for up to 4 years)

How to Apply

To be eligible for the Indigenous Pharmacy Scholarship, you must:

  • Be enrolled in or accepted to a PharmD or pharmacy technician program in Canada
  • Identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit and provide verification of ancestry (e.g., status card of applicant or status card of parent with proof of relationship to parent; Métis Citizenship card)

In addition to providing proof that you meet the eligibility criteria, your application should include:

  • Completed application form.
  • Letter of Intent: Introduce yourself and describe your commitment to, or understanding of, the needs of yourself, others or your community as exhibited by your personal challenges, experiences, volunteerism and/or contributions to community. Your letter should be a maximum of 500 words or a 3-minute video, and should include:
    • Your financial or other support requirements that will help you thrive as an Indigenous pharmacy professional student.
    • Your leadership qualities and past contributions to leadership or community activities.
    • Your anticipated future contributions to Indigenous health and Indigenous representation in health care. While on your pharmacy journey, how will your commitment to the needs of others drive change that supports thriving Indigenous communities.
    • Your plan to reconnect or stay connected with your Indigenous culture and communities.
  • Reference Letter: This letter should be written by someone with knowledge of your activities and the content within your Letter of Intent and who can comment on why you should be considered for this scholarship. The Reference Letter should be submitted by someone who does not live in your household.

Applications received will be considered for all available scholarships in the current cycle. Recipients who are awarded multi-year scholarships will be required to provide proof of ongoing eligibility each year, but will not be required to resubmit an application. Unfortunately we will not be able to notify unsuccessful candidates at this time.