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SSHP Development Grant Program

The ASHP Student Society Development Grant Program (formerly known as Seed Grants) is intended to encourage the development of student societies of health-system pharmacists (SSHPs) in colleges of pharmacy throughout the United States.

  • Grants are intended for use by the ASHP state affiliate and college of pharmacy partners to establish a new SSHP, or to strengthen an existing SSHP, and ultimately to aid the SSHP to achieve official ASHP Recognition;
  • Grant funds available may vary each year and are intended for activities and programs to be implemented during the academic year in which you've applied. (i.e. if applying in 2020, funds must be used during the 2020-2021 academic year)
  • Grant proposals should outline plans for activities and programming as specified in the criteria for the ASHP Student Society Recognition Program;
  • Priority is given to applicants who develop a plan to establish a new SSHP in a school where one does not currently exist; and
  • Schools with existing SSHPs may also apply for funds to strengthen the organization in an effort to achieve official ASHP recognition, with preference given to newly established SSHPs (within past 36 months) and established but inactive SSHPs.


ACPE accredited and provisionally accredited colleges of pharmacy are eligible to apply. Satellite campuses may apply for separate grants ONLY if they exist (or plan to exist) as a distinct organization from the main campus (e.g., distinct bylaws, officers, meetings, projects, etc.). Grant recipients are not eligible to receive the ASHP Student Society Development Grant in two consecutive years.

Evaluation Criteria

Follow the guidelines below to draft your grant proposal. Successful proposals will address specifically how the activities and programming planned will help the student society to achieve official ASHP Student Society Recognition.

  1. Objective — Limit to 150 words or less. Provide a brief, clear statement of the objective of your grant proposal (e.g., Launch new SSHP; Strengthen fledgling SSHP, Achieve SSHP Recognition, Revive inactive SSHP, etc.).
  2. Activity and Programming Plans — Limit to two pages or less. Describe the activities and programming you intend to complete to achieve official ASHP Student Society Recognition by meeting the criteria as listed below:
    1. Membership
      Describe plans to hold at least one membership drive during the academic year to recruit members for ASHP, the ASHP state affiliate (if one exists) and the SSHP.
    2. Career Development
      • Describe plans to administer the school-level Clinical Skills Competition. This requirement is waived for new schools without students enrolled in the final two professional years.)
      • Describe plans to coordinate at least two (2) events featuring health-system speakers.
      • Describe plans to coordinate at least one (1) informational session on residency training.
    3. Professional Development Project
      Describe plans to participate in at least one (1) project to help ASHP meet the goals expressed in the ASHP Strategic Plan.
      The SSHP must incorporate PAI into at least one (1) SSHP activity (career development or professional development project). Ideas for incorporating PAI include: a guest speaker presenting on a PAI topic/pillar, the SSHP professional development project focusing on one of the PAI recommendations, etc.
    4. The SSHP must collaborate with the ASHP state affiliate on at least one (1) SSHP activity (career development activities or professional development project).
  3. Funding — Limit to 1 page or less. Describe funds requested and how these will be utilized to achieve activity and programming plans. Describe additional fundraising plans to supplement grant monies received. (Note: Up to $500 can be requested by the college of pharmacy and an additional $250 can be requested if applying jointly with the state affiliate health-system pharmacy organization for a total of $750. Joint applications should clearly describe involvement of state affiliate organization and specifically indicate how additional funds will be used. Funds will be dispersed separately as assigned to the school or state affiliate. Contact us if you need assistance locating the contact information for your state affiliate president and/or executive.)

Important Dates and Deadlines

All grant applications must be received on or before June 30.

Applications will be evaluated and awards will be distributed on or before August 31.

Grant recipients should plan to present a summary of the proposed and/or competed activities and programming to date as a poster at the Annual ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting Student Society Showcase.

A final summary of completed activities and programs should be submitted to ASHP no later than May 1 of the following year. Summaries will be posted to the ASHP website.

How to Apply

Email all materials in ONE (1) submission to: [email protected].

Grant proposals for 2021 must be received by June 30, Evaluation, selection and funding will be completed by August 31

Grant Application Form [PDF]

For an example, please see the Model Grant Proposal [PDF]

Attention 2020 Grant Project Directors: You are required to provide ASHP with a final summary at the completion of your grant project no later than May 1, 2021.

Grant Recipients

2020 Grant Recipient

  • Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy

Past Recipients

2019 Grant Recipients

  • High Point University, Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy
  • Medical College of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy

2018 Grant Recipients

  • Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • University of Texas at El Paso School of Pharmacy

2017 Grant Recipients

  • Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy | Project Summary
  • Manchester University Collge of Pharmacy
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy

2016 Grant Recipients

  • South College School of Pharmacy

  • Sullivan University College of Pharmacy

2015 Grant Recipients

  • California Northstate College of Pharmacy
  • Marshall University School of Pharmacy | Project Summary
  • Western New England University College of Pharmacy | Project Summary

2014 Grant Recipients

2014 Grant Recipients

  • Cedarville University School of Pharmacy | Project Summary
  • D'Youville College School of Pharmacy | Project Summary
  • Lebanese American University School of Pharmacy | Project Summary
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science College of Pharmacy | Project Summary
  • St. John's University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences | Project Summary
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy | Project Summary
  • University of St. Joseph School of Pharmacy
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