RIO GRANDE, Ohio – University of Rio Grande student Samantha Hamilton has been awarded this year’s Fruth Pharmacy Scholarship for Pharmacy Technology.
The scholarship is provided to a student studying pharmacy technology at Rio. The scholarship also provides the student with an opportunity for employment with the company.
Pharmacy technology instructor Keith McKinniss said this is the second year the scholarship has been available to his students.
“Lynne Fruth, the owner Fruth Pharmacy Corp., offered this scholarship to us last year, and one of the great things about the offer is the opportunity of guaranteed employment,” McKinniss said. “I’m very grateful to Fruth for providing this scholarship to our students because it shows we have an outstanding working relationship with one of the main employment providers in our area.”
Pharmacy technology is a one-year program at the university. The scholarship is meant to assist students in preparing to start their career. Hamilton, a native of Chillicothe, said the application for the scholarship was an interview process on campus complete with bringing a resume to the interviewers.
“I was shocked to learn I had received the scholarship. I’m glad I decided to try for it when Mr. McKinniss told our class it was available,” Hamilton said. “I’m so happy I’m going to be working for Fruth. They are wonderful people.”
McKinniss said the students in his class, such as Hamilton, are hard workers and is excited to see employment opportunities available for them in the area.
“I’m proud of Samantha. She has great potential is very passionate and excited about working with the pharmacy,” McKinniss said.
Hamilton said she has enjoyed her time at Rio and is grateful to receive a job offer while still a student.
“I’m still so amazed I get to do this,” Hamilton said. “When I started college, I hadn’t planned on pharmacy technology, but it has been one of the best decisions I have made. Rio has definitely helped me get on the right career path.”
Hamilton said she received the job contract with when she learned she had been awarded the scholarship and has already begun working with Fruth Pharmacy.
Jessica Patterson is a communications specialist for the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College.