The ASHP Student Leadership Award Program recognizes students with an interest in pharmacy practice in health-systems who have demonstrated leadership ability. This program recognizes and celebrates the contributions of students who represent the very best attributes and accomplishments of ASHP student members. ASHP offers up to twelve awards annually. Pharmacy students in the second through fourth professional years are eligible to apply. The award consists of:
- An award plaque,
- An ASHP drug information reference library, and
- A $2000 cash award provided by the ASHP Research and Education Foundation through the Walter Jones Memorial Pharmacy Student Financial Aid Fund.
Please follow the steps below to apply for the 2013-14 Student Leadership Award. To be accepted, all application materials (mailed and electronic) must be received by ASHP no later than 5:00 pm EST on January 30, 2014.
Complete paper application form
Step 2: Submit all application materials (including paper application form signed by faculty member, Professional Activities Form, your CV and/or resume, essay, and 3 signed and sealed letters of recommendation). Make sure your application is typed, printed one-sided, and not stapled. Mail to:
ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum
7272 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Complete electronic application form
If you have any questions, please contact ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum: at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2012-2013 Award Recipients
Class of 2013
David A. Aguero
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy
Mr. Aguero has held multiple leadership roles over the past years. He serves as student liaison to the Virginia Society of Health System Pharmacists Board of Directors and as a member of the affiliate’s communications team. He is also an active member of the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Community and eCommunications advisory group. Furthermore, he has worked to organize an event for adding meaningful content to the PPMI ASHP Connect community by students and professionals.
Temple University School of Pharmacy
Ms. Hayes has held progressive leadership positions in her SSHP, including historian, secretary, and president. She has also been a student representative to the DVSHP board of directors and a member of the DVSHP work group. As a member of the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Leadership Development Advisory Group, she worked to raise PPMI awareness among student societies. She is actively involved in community service and has received multiple awards in recognition of her achievements.
Grayson K. Peek
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy
Mr. Peek has demonstrated leadership skills as well as a strong desire to advance pharmacy practice. He currently serves as Chair for the ASHP-Pharmacy Student Forum Policy and Legislative Advocacy Advisory Group. He led a letter writing campaign for enhancing student involvement for pharmacy advocacy. He is also Class President and Executive Vice President of the Pharmacy Student Government Association.
Danielle N. Smidt
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Ms. Smidt has served in numerous leadership positions among several student organizations, including secretary of the Colorado Student Society of Health System Pharmacists, treasurer of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association, and member of the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Leadership Development Advisory Group. She is very passionate about promoting health, wellness, and infectious disease prevention for professional development and advancing pharmacy practice.
Class of 2014
University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy
Mr. Koury is dedicated to promoting pharmacy practice and expanding opportunities for pharmacy students. In his role as Health Sciences Center Student Council Vice President, he worked to foster relationships between pharmacy students and those studying disciplines within the medical field in order to institute an inter-professional community of learning. Additionally, in his current role as SSHP President, he organized and planned the first Community Outreach Day which included health fairs and other outreach events.
Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy
Ms. Levbarg has undertaken various leadership roles and increased student awareness on professional development. She currently serves as student representative to the California Society of Health System Pharmacists Committee on Goals. In addition, she has also held the position of Chair of the International Pharmacy Student Federation. During her tenure, she organized several events, including AIDS Walk LA, World TB Day, and World AIDS Day. She is highly motivated about promoting community outreach and educational projects that focus on public health in underserved communities.
Stephen R. Polley
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Mr. Polley has held a variety of leadership positions across several professional organizations and has continuously worked to provide pharmacy students with enriching professional development activities. In his current role as SSHP President, he helped establish the first ever Residency Week which focused on educating students about the variety of opportunities available to them post-graduation. He is also an active member of Phi Lamda Sigma and has assisted in organizing an annual leadership workshop for all first year students.
University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical sciences
Ms. Rabatin has demonstrated the depth of her leadership abilities through her involvement with various professional organizations. Currently, she serves as SSHP President, UT College of Pharmacy Ambassadors Vice President, and as the SSHP Representative to the UT Pharmacy Student Council. As SSHP President, she worked to establish a partnership with APhA’s Generation Rx for improving medication safety. She is also a board member of the Ohio Society of Health System Pharmacists Organizational Affairs Division and has engaged in numerous community service activities.
Harding University College of Pharmacy
Ms. Suh is very involved in professional student organizations and has contributed much to pharmacy practice. She currently serves as President of her SSHP and Chair of the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Student Society Development Advisory Group. In the latter role, she has worked to develop the growth of SSHPs across the country. She is also a member of the state affiliate’s PPMI task force.
Meghan E. Tolan
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences
Ms. Tolan has been recognized for her efforts involving the advancement of health-systems pharmacy through a number of professional organizational leadership positions. Most recently as SSHP Vice President, she collaborated on a very successful transplant donor awareness initiative and educational program. In addition, she is actively involved with the Delaware Valley Society of Health-System Pharmacists. As the senior member of their student work group, she helped create professional and leadership opportunities for pharmacy students and led the team that administered these activities to her peers. Additionally, she currently serves as a member of the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Student Society Development Advisory Group
Class of 2015
University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
Ms. Bondar has actively worked to expand the scope of the SSHP and engage more students in the organization. As the current SSHP President, she helped institute several new committees and Chair positions which provided SSHP members with additional opportunities for involvement as well as increased the number of available educational, professional, and public service activities. Furthermore, she has been able to combine her interests in public and international health with those in health system pharmacy practice to enrich fellow students’ understanding of and appreciation for pharmacy practice abroad. Her newest challenge is developing a P4 rotation at the hospital in Peru where she interned as part of the IPSF Student Exchange Program.
Past Student Leadership Award Winners