Mary Morgan McCaleb, a third-year student in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, has been selected for a $1,000 grant from 2020 EPIC Pharmacies student grant program.
A network of 1,500 independently owned pharmacies, EPIC Pharmacies annually awards grants to 12 pharmacy students who plan to practice independent pharmacy after graduation.
McCaleb, a native of Yazoo City, is a member of various health and academic organizations, including the American Pharmacists Association, Rho Chi pharmacy honor society and PediaRebs, the school's student organization focused on pediatric pharmacy. She also served as the Interprofessional Education Student Advisory Council liaison from the pharmacy school.
"It was an incredible honor to be selected as the EPIC grant recipient," McCaleb said. "I have a huge passion for independent community pharmacy and having such a great company come alongside me to support that passion is so encouraging."
McCaleb cited Kim Adcock, professor of pharmacy practice, as an influence. Adcock praised McCaleb’s work, particularly her time on the IPE council.
"Mary Morgan is an extraordinary student who works tirelessly for the school, profession and community," Adcock said. "I greatly enjoyed working with her, especially during her leadership role on the IPE Student Advisory Council, where her strong work ethic, professional discipline and leadership skills gave opportunities for the student IPE organization to provide outreach programs to the community."
McCaleb hopes to use the skills she is gaining to make a positive impact in her hometown after graduation.
"I hope to be able to go back to my hometown in the Mississippi Delta to work in a community pharmacy and implement new patient services to improve health care in the area," she said.