November 2, 2017
By Whitney Tarpy
OXFORD, Miss. – The National Community Pharmacy Association recognized University of Mississippi third-year student pharmacist Alexandria Gochenauer with a Presidential Scholarship during its annual convention’s awards ceremony last month.
The $2,000 award will go toward Gochenauer’s academic endeavors, as the organization selects scholarship honorees based on academic achievement, leadership qualities and an interest in independent pharmacy. The NCPA represents the employees of more than 22,000 independent community pharmacies across the country, which dispense nearly half of the nation’s retail prescription medicines.
“In addition to being excited, I felt extremely honored and grateful to be a recipient of the NCPA Foundation’s Presidential Scholarship,” Gochenauer said.
Along with the Presidential Scholarship, Gochenauer was also recognized as Outstanding Student Chapter Member at the NCPA convention. Both accolades come as no surprise to the group’s advisor and associate professor of pharmacy administration, Erin Holmes.
“I cannot imagine a student more deserving of receiving the NCPA Foundation’s Presidential Scholarship for academic and leadership excellence than Alex,” Holmes said. “Alex is very motivated, has always been a self-starter, has a strong work ethic and has a profound attention to detail. She played a pivotal role in starting the nation’s first American College of Veterinary Pharmacists chapter here at Ole Miss, and played a significant leadership role as vice president of our NCPA chapter. I am extremely proud of all Alex has accomplished, and look forward to her future contributions to our profession.”
Originally from Republic, Missouri, Gochenauer hopes to complete a veterinary pharmacy residency after graduation. She not only aspires to help animals, but others interested in the field as well.
“I would love to work at a veterinary college in the future, running the pharmacy as well as teaching the veterinary students pharmacology,” Gochenauer said. “I am also interested in compounding and may eventually try to open my own independent compounding pharmacy.”
Gochenauer plans to use the scholarship to help advance her career and her goals.
“Being a recipient of this scholarship has afforded me the opportunity to network with others who can share their experiences and knowledge,” Gochenauer said. “This is an essential step toward my dream of obtaining a veterinary pharmacy residency. In addition, this is an amazing accomplishment and I believe that future employers will recognize the hard work I have put into my education and career.”