Bristol-Myers Squibb makes largest single scholarship gift to USF College of Pharmacy

Tampa, FL (Oct. 6, 2016) – Global biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb has made the largest single scholarship gift yet to the USF College of Pharmacy, funding two years of full tuition for a student specializing in research and development.

“We are delighted to receive such a generous gift from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company,” said Kevin Sneed, PharmD, dean of the USF College of Pharmacy. “The company’s focus on the application of big data and informatics perfectly aligns with our college’s strategic initiatives. We are all committed to being leaders in the digital transformation of health care, and our appreciation for the support received from Bristol-Myers Squibb will propel our goal of creating health care leaders of the future.”

The $40,000 gift represents the largest single scholarship gift to date for the young pharmacy college, which received full accreditation in 2015.

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USF College of Pharmacy student Christopher Konig, recipient of the Bristol-Myers Squibb scholarship.

“We are proud to partner with USF to help develop the incredible talents of today’s students,“ said Lee Evans, general manager of Bristol-Myers Squibb Tampa. “We believe that investing in the best minds of today will help us to discover, develop and deliver more transformational medicines in the future for patients facing serious disease.”

Third-year USF pharmacy student Christopher Konig will receive the Bristol-Myers Squibb scholarship. Described by Dr. Sneed as “the ideal future clinical pharmacist” to receive the scholarship, Konig is a dual-degree student in USF’s MBA program in health care analytics at the Kate Tiedemann College of Business, president of the USF’s chapter of the National Community Pharmacists Association, and informatics chair for the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy chapter.

“I am deeply humbled by Bristol-Myers Squibb’s generous support and profoundly thankful for their strong faith in me,” said Konig, who earned his bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences with honors from USF in 2014. “Through the innovative use of data analytics and business intelligence, together we can collaborate to revolutionize clinical practice and improve the quality of life for our patients.”

Media contact:
Davina Gould, USF Health Development and Alumni Relations
(813) 974-6071, or dlgould@health.usf.edu