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.


  • Applicants must be a full-time pharmacy student enrolled in a professional Doctor of Pharmacy program at an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy.
  • Applicants must be an ASHP member in good standing.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of a least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent grading system).
  • Applicants must have completed at least one academic year in their professional pharmacy program.
  • Students who have received an ASHP Student Leadership Award in the past or who are currently serving on an ASHP Council, the Commission on Affiliate Relations or the Pharmacy Student Forum Executive Committee are not eligible to apply.

Application Instructions

Please follow the steps below to apply for the 2016-17 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, 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 email ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum at

2015-2016 Student Leadership Award Recipients

Class of 2016

Danielle BeltzDanielle Beltz

Northeastern Ohio Medical University College of Pharmacy

Danielle Beltz has been an advocate and a leader in pharmacy. She created the Pharmacy Advocacy wall to support Provider Status for pharmacists during her time as SSHP President. She served as a member of the ASHP Advocacy and PAC Advisory Committee and the 2016 ASHP Student Advocate Training and Legislative Day Planning Committee. She has attended various Legislative Days at both state and national levels. Outside of advocating, she has also served as President of Rho Chi Honor Society, Delta Phi Chapter and Vice President of Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group, and interned with Louis Stokes VA Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

Jillian DeGuzmanJillian DeGuzman

Palm Beach Atlantic University Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy

Jillian DeGuzman has demonstrated passion and dedication to the pharmacy profession through her numerous leadership roles in her school, state affiliate, and ASHP. Her interest in health-system pharmacy practice began even before starting pharmacy school. As SSHP Membership Vice President and Mentor Match Research Coordinator of Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society, she has raised awareness among the student body on the wide range of opportunities health-system pharmacy offers. She has also participated in various committee and organizations including, serving as Chair of the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Advisory Group on Policy and Legislative Advocacy, participating in the FSHP Public Affairs Council, and Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity.

Valerie NoltValerie Nolt

University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

Valerie Nolt has promoted advancement of pharmacy practice and collaboration in both national and international levels. As the Professional Project Chair in SSHP, she has initiated numerous projects that led to recognition and awards such as ASHP Outstanding Professional Development Project Award. She has also participated in Student Exchange Program organized by IPSF in Ankara, Turkey, and has promoted participation in the international level through her involvement in the IPSF Development Fund Committee.

Tyler VestTyler Vest

University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy

Tyler Vest has demonstrated excellence through his various leadership roles in local, state, and national organizations since early in his pharmacy school career. He has served as Practice Advancement Initiative (previously PPMI) Committee, team lead for the OSHP Professional Affairs Division, and Chair for the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Advisory Group on Practice Advancement. He leads by example and encourages others to be involved in advancing pharmacy practice.

Mary VincentMary Vincent

The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy

Mary Vincent has shown commitment and leadership in the pharmacy profession. She served as administrative pharmacy intern for the Latiolais Leadership Program, pharmacy intern for the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and served as the Columbus-Athens fellow for Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. She has been involved at the state level, serving as a member of the Professional Affairs Division for the OSHP and was nominated by Sara White to participate in the ASHP Women in Leadership Focus Group.

Class of 2017

Evan ColmenaresEvan Colmenares

University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy-Chapel Hill Campus

Evan Colmenares believes active participation in professional organizations and allowing your voice to be heard is essential to advance the pharmacy profession. He has demonstrated excellence in leadership, serving as an active member of APhA-ASP, ASHP, and North Carolina Association of Pharmacists (NCAP). He currently serves as chair for ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Advancement of Pharmacy Practice Advisory Group. He was an invited speaker at the Asheville Summit for Provider Status, and an intern at the University of North Carolina Medical Center (UNCMC). During his time at UNCMC, Evan developed visual dashboards for the operational pharmacist managers across UNCMC.

Kiri GolleherKiri Golleher

Pacific University School of Pharmacy

Kiri Golleher’s passion for pharmacy began prior to pharmacy school as a pharmacy technician for almost a decade, at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center. She has served as OSHP Student Chapter President and Chair for her SSHP, Phi Lambda Sigma President, and Worthy Correspondent for Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity. She encourages other to reach their potential. Kiri excels in leadership positions, but is rewarded by being a mentor to others.

Brian HancockBrian Hancock

University of Charleston School of Pharmacy

Brian Hancock has demonstrated leadership through research experiences and in professional pharmacy organizations. As a clinical research assistant at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial, he served as a team leader of the project, “Evaluation of the effectiveness and safety of low dose (100mg/day) oral amiodarone for prevention of recurrence of atrial fibrillation” with other health care professionals and patients. He actively advocates for advancement of the pharmacy profession through participation in committees at the local, state, and national levels. He has served as SSHP President, Student Board Member for the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy, and Student at Large for the ASHP Political Action Committee. He supports inter-professionalism by creatively incorporating competition and collaboration among different health care professions.

Katherine SencionKatherine Sencion

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy

Katherine Sencion has been an active member in her school and state organizations since her P1 year. Currently she is a quality assurance hospital pharmacy extern with University of Illinois Hospital and Health-Sciences System, auditing various medication administration processes. She also holds various leadership roles, including SSHP President, Pharmacy Student Council Career and Professional Development Committee Chair, and member of Phi Lambda Sigma Professional Leadership Society.

Class of 2018

Emilie BergsmaEmilie Bergsma

University of Florida College of Pharmacy-Gainesville Campus

Emilie Bergsma has served as the University of Florida Student Society President and President-Elect, Treasurer for the Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International, and Residency Forum Chair and Service Chair for Kappa Epsilon Pharmaceutical Fraternity. She also serves on various committees of the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group. Her personal experience with cancer fueled her passion for hospital pharmacy, specifically pediatric oncology. In her role as University of Florida Student Society President, she created new positions such as Organ Transplant/Blood Donation Chair, and implemented a Medication Reconciliation program with UF Health Shands Hospital. She also works on cell-based research in oncology.

Dena LehmannDena Lehmann

Thomas Jefferson University Jefferson School of Pharmacy

Dena Lehmann is involved in both pharmacy organizations and global health organizations. She served as the Jefferson College of Pharmacy Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy (JCP-SSHP) President-Elect, ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Leadership Development Advisory Group Member, and Delaware Valley Society of Health-System Pharmacists (DVSHP) Student Working Group Member. She is also a Jefferson College of Pharmacy Representative in Global Health Initiatives Committee and was involved in bringing global health presence to her school. Additionally, she initiated a partnership between Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and JCP-SSHP to start a medication reconciliation volunteer program.

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