Geisinger Pharmacy Scholars Program

Select Students Earn a Job Upon Graduation
and $20,000 for Pharmacy Education

Save on the cost of your pharmacy education and get a head start on a Geisinger career with the Geisinger Pharmacy Scholars Program.

This unique program provides:

  • a job offer in Geisinger upon graduation from Wilkes University’s Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, provided the student meets requirements.
  • a $20,000 loan payable from Geisinger to selected students when they successfully enter the fifth year of the six-year pharmacy program. Geisinger will forgive the loan for scholars employed by Geisinger for two years immediately following graduation from Wilkes or the end of a post-graduate residency.

Wilkes University and Geisinger developed this unique opportunity to reduce the cost of education and recruit highly skilled pharmacists to Geisinger. Geisinger Pharmacy Scholars who do not complete two years of employment at Geisinger must repay the loan.

How You Benefit

In addition to the job offer and $20,000 forgivable loan, Geisinger Pharmacy Scholars will benefit from:

  • a Geisinger pharmacist mentor as well as a Wilkes University faculty advisor;
  • opportunity to participate in Geisinger initiatives as part of your educational curriculum;
  • priority access to Geisinger for introductory and advanced program experiences;
  • flexible employment opportunities as early as the P1 year.

I had the opportunity to complete a rotation at Geisinger Health Plan during my final year of school, which led me to pursue a managed care pharmacy residency.

Leslie Shumlas PharmD ’19 Health Plan Pharmacist at Geisinger Health Plan

Who May Apply

To apply to the Geisinger Pharmacy Scholars Program, students must be:

  • High school seniors admitted into Wilkes’ Pre-Pharmacy Guaranteed Seat Program with:
    • minimum high school grade-point average of 3.5
    • high school rank in 90th percentile or greater (for those without a GPA)
  • Willing to be employed as a pharmacist anywhere in the Geisinger system, which has locations throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania.
More than a quarter of Geisinger’s 400-plus pharmacists earned their degrees from Wilkes University’s Nesbitt School of Pharmacy.

About Geisinger Pharmacy Services

Geisinger’s pharmacy team is recognized for leading innovative and evidence-based programs of care delivery, research and education. Backed by the support of a large health care system that leads with innovative methodologies, cutting-edge research and clinical expertise, the pharmacy team has been recognized for excellence in multiple areas. 

Services include:

  • Health system and community pharmacies
  • Inpatient and outpatient services
  • Specialty pharmacy
  • Home infusion pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical service for Geisinger Health Plan

Researchers in the Center for Pharmacy Innovation and Outcomes work to innovate and evaluate medication use and quality within the services provided by pharmacy. 

Learn More

To learn more about the Geisinger Pharmacy Scholars Program and Wilkes University’s Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, contact:

Julie Olenak, PharmD ’03
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy
julie.olenak@wilkes.edu
570-408-4288

or

Justin Collins
Director of Admissions and Student Affairs
Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy
justin.collins@wilkes.edu
570-408-4122