Henry Addington’s motivation for creating a scholarship in the VCU School of Pharmacy was simple- to keep independent pharmacy alive and healthy. Not an easy feat in today’s highly competitive market and with today’s financially strained students. “Without the financial relief from scholarships, students are already tens of thousands of dollars in debt before they begin practicing pharmacy,” Addington notes. “They certainly don’t have a way to put down the money needed to open an independent pharmacy. I thought this scholarship was one way of giving them a chance."
"There’s a common misconception that independent pharmacy is becoming a thing of the past; that it’s a lost field. I just don’t believe that,” says Addington, who has served as president and vice president for more than 23 independent pharmacies in Virginia over his nearly 55 year career. Recipients of Addington’s scholarship must demonstrate an intention to practice in an independent pharmacy in order to qualify.
“I grew up in a pharmacy and always intended to pursue independent pharmacy,” says Amy Zeigler, the 2005 Addington Scholarship recipient. “When I graduate, I will work with my father in his pharmacy in Coeburn, Virginia, then one day I’ll take over as owner.
Ziegler explains how critical the need is for immediate financial assistance: “As fourth-year pharmacy students, we’re required to pay summer tuition in addition to fall and spring tuition and work clerkships at a minimum of 40 hours per week during the year. It is quite difficult to work those 40 hours for free and then try to squeeze another 20 to 25 hours a week at a part-time job to help pay the bills.”