Student Leadership Award

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.

Application Instructions

Please follow the steps below to apply for the 2015-16 Student Leadership Award. To be accepted, all application materials must be received by ASHP no later than 11:59 pm ET on January 30.

To apply for the Student Leadership Award, please follow the appropriate application link below:

To be considered for the SLA, using the appropriate applicant link, you will be expected to submit the following:
  • A completed Professional Activities questionnaire.
  • An essay of no more than 750 words conveying your thoughts on how, as a student leader, you would increase awareness and understanding of the Practice Advancement Initiative (formerly the Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative)among student colleagues.
  • Three letters of recommendations: one from a faculty member, one from a pharmacist practitioner, and one from a student peer.
  • Three corresponding Recommendation Forms signed by each recommender.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae.
  • A completed Certification and Acceptance signature page.

If you have any questions, please contact ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum: at


2013-2014 Award Recipients for Student Leadership Award

Class of 2015

Greta AstrupGreta Astrup
University of New England

Greta Astrup has been actively involved the local, state, and national levels. As SSHP president, she has implemented the development of a student scholarship. She serves as the student liaison for her state affiliate and was also appointed to the ASHP Pharmacy Student Society Development Advisory Group. In addition to her school activities, she has worked in two inpatient hospitals, assisted in training new employees, and was recognized as the employee of the month.

Jordan BurdineJordan Burdine
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Jordan Burdine has shown a passion for educating her peers about PPMI in her role as SSHP president. She has demonstrated excellent leadership capabilities as the founding president of the Texas Tech Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group, president of Phi Lambda Sigma, and being awarded the US Public Health Service Award for her commitment to public health. In addition, she was appointed to the ASHP Commission of Affiliate Relations and has worked as a certified technician in a hospital-system.

Nicole HollingerNicole Hollinger
Temple University School of Pharmacy

Nicole Hollinger currently serves as a member of the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Leadership Development Advisory Group. As SSHP President, she collaborated to develop a HIV “Share Your Story” roundtable event which was awarded an ASHP Outstanding Professional Development Project Award. As an intern at a large teaching hospital, she has participated in a Heart Failure Transition of care Program.

Bernice ManBernice Man
Chicago State University College of Pharmacy

Bernice Man has 5 ½ years of experience working as a Certified Technician in a health-systems hospital. Nationally, she served in a Pharmacy Student Forum Advisory Group and is currently appointed to a Section Advisory Group for Pharmacy Practice Experiences (Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners). She served SSHP president and ASHP liaison for her SSHP, and has been on numerous committees for her state affiliate.

Class of 2016

Brittni GrossBrittni Gross
University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy

Brittni Gross has gained experience with patient care and maintained a database to track interventions and clinical impact of outpatient pharmacists as a Veteran Affairs Learning Opportunity Residency (VALOR) program pharmacy intern. As SSHP president, she has helped to organize collaborative projects with PT students and creation of an interprofessional clinical competition. In addition, she serves as a student representative for her state affiliate and serves as PLS treasurer.

Mary-Haston LearyMary-Haston Leary
The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

Mary-Haston Leary serves on her state affiliate PPMI task force and has initiated a chapter PPMI task force to her SSHP. The SSHP PPMI task force has a goal for 50% of health-systems in Mississippi to complete the Hospital Self-Assessment. As community service chair for her SSHP, she has helped increase student community service participation to record highs and initiated the creation of “Healthy Packs”, which provides first aid kits and basic hygiene supplies for impoverished children. In addition, she has had the opportunity to intern in Pokhara, Nepal, John Hopkins Hospital, and Mississippi Medical Center.

Jasmine ReberJasmine Reber
Touro University California

Jasmine Reber currently serves as the program director for her school’s Student Run Free Clinic and has since implemented or expanded services in diabetes care, MTM, immunization, and identifying high-risk patients with multiple medications. In addition to serving on the ASHP PSF Career Development and Education Advisory Group, she has national positions with ACCP and SNPhA and a state position with the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists. As PLS president, she assisted in creating a leadership workshop and a residency panel discussion.

Amy YanicakAmy Yanicak
South Carolina College of Pharmacy - Columbia

Amy Yanicak is enthusiastic about finding innovative and fun ways to engage and educate students about PPMI. As a SSHP president, she has helped to organize events such as a community “Get Smart” on antibiotic use, a Healthy Heart event at a local farmer’s market and a multi-organization collaboration to produce a Residency Series. She is also a Junior Board Member for her state affiliate and has worked on several interprofessional collaboration projects.

Class of 2017

Jenna FancherJenna Fancher
Jefferson School of Pharmacy

Jenna Fancher is an intern at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and involved in the local, state, district, and national levels of ASHP. As her SSHP’s President-Elect, she helped to implement a new program allowing SSHP student to provide counseling and medication reconciliation to patients on anticoagulants. As future SSHP president, she is planning for a PPMI week and creation of a PPMI Task Force to help educating and engaging students in PPMI.

Jonathon MeyerJonathon Meyer
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

Jonathon Meyer organized three health fair servicing over 200 community members as his SSHP’s President-Elect. He is currently planning to implement a three part series to engage students about PPMI and provide them with the skills needed to become catalysts for leading practice model changes In addition, he is currently an intern at John Hopkins Hospital in the pediatric inpatient pharmacy is taking an active role in a Medication History Pilot Project.

Punam PatelPunam Patel
Touro University- California

As her SSHP’s president, Punam Patel worked with a strong team that received five recognitions at the California Society of Health-System Pharmacist seminar, including Student Chapter of Distinction and Student Chapter Leader. She helped lead her SSHP grow in membership and fundraising, which allowed more outreach events and beginning the process of implementing a Smoking Cessation Clinic at the local Student Run Free Clinic. In addition she serves on her state affiliate Student Executive Committee.

Kaylee TooleKaylee Toole
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine – Bradenton, FL

Kaylee Toole provides medication reconciliation services as an intern in an Emergency Hospital. As SSHP president, she has collaborated to create exciting programming for students to learn about PPMI and gain direct patient care experiences through community brown bag session and interdisciplinary outreach events. She also serves on her state affiliate Student Affairs council and has participated in annual summer medical missions to Nicaragua.

Past Student Leadership Award Winners