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SIG (Special Interest Group for Independent Pharmacy)

PPA's SIG members annually present several awards to deserving and interested students which cover the expenses to attend the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Annual Convention.  Annually, the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association SIG will present up to four students with grants covering the related expenses for attending the NCPA Convention.

Related Expenses Include:

  • 1 roundtrip coach airfare, mileage, or train depending on physical location of the convention and least expensive mode of transportation
  • Up to 4 nights hotel accommodations (room and tax)
  • Student registration fee
  • Up to $200 in meals and incidentals such as parking at the airport, transfers from airport to hotel, etc. (receipts must be submitted)


  • 5th or 6th year* pharmacy student enrolled at a Pennsylvania School of Pharmacy
  • Pennsylvania resident
  • PPA Student Member
  • Must not have previously received this grant
  • Interest in Community Pharmacy particularly Independent Pharmacy

    *or equivalent of last two professional years

Applications for the next conference are available in early Spring & must be submitted by the August deadline. Contact PPA for more information.


2017 Grant Applications - Will be available in the Spring of 2017!


A committee of SIG members will determine next year’s four recipients. Students will be required to write a short article about their experience for the Pennsylvania Pharmacists and/or the Student Voice following the convention.


To see what past recipients have to say about their experience, click on their names below! Note:  There were no recipients in 2014.



2015 SIG Grant Recipients and friends enjoying the Value Dinner!


 2016 Recipients
 Marissa Badzik  University of Pittsburgh
 Taylor Buck  University of Pittsburgh
 Hayley Fedorek  University of Pittsburgh
 Katherine Iseman  Duquesne University


 2015 Recipients
 Sydney Kehr
Duquesne University
 David Marchewka
 Kimmy Nguyen
 Philadelphia College of Pharmacy
 Rakesh Patel
Ashley Robold
Wilkes University
Brittany Stocks
University of Pittsburgh


2013 Recipients
Brandon Antinopoulos University of Pittsburgh
Kyle McGrath University of Pittsburgh
Kyle McCormick University of Pittsburgh
Andrew Nguyen University of Pittsburgh



2012 Recipients
Joe Conte LECOM
Judith Onyango LECOM
Heather Pence LECOM
Molly Wilson University of Pittsburgh

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