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MRH Foundation Awards Doris Garwood Pharmacy Scholarship

The Madison Regional Health Foundation awarded the Doris Garwood Pharmacy Scholarship for 2020-21 to Abbie Cleveland of Montrose, S.D. Beth Knuths, Foundation Director, said the $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a student from the Madison area who has completed at least two years of college and who is currently enrolled in/accepted to a pharmacy program. “Abbie Cleveland was selected to receive the scholarship again this year by the Foundation’s Board of Directors,” Knuths said.

Members of the Foundation Board, Dr. Ashley Crabtree and Marlin Brozik, retired Pharmacist, met with Cleveland recently to present the scholarship award. “Abbie just competed her first year of the pharmacy program at SDSU and we asked her to tell us about it,” Brozik said. Cleveland said she learned a great deal this year that is relevant to her future in pharmacy, such as which medications are used for various conditions and how they affect the body. Dr. Crabtree asked how the Corona Virus affected Abbie’s program this past spring. Cleveland said although online learning during the pandemic was challenging, she felt it strengthened her ability to adapt to new circumstances and it strengthened her communication with her teachers, fellow students and work colleagues. Cleveland has worked in the pharmacy at Lewis Drug in Madison since May of 2019, during the summers and throughout the school year. Cleveland said, “I hope to continue working there until I graduate in May of 2023. I have really enjoyed working in the community of Madison and have met many wonderful people here.”

Cleveland said she really appreciates being chosen to receive the Foundation’s Doris Garwood Pharmacy Scholarship for two years and for the continued support from such a great community. “It is very rewarding to be working towards a health career that helps people live healthier lives. After graduation, I hope to either work as a community pharmacist or specialize in pharmacogenomics (how a person's genes affect how they will respond to medications) in southeast South Dakota,” she said.

The scholarship was set up by Wendell Garwood to honor the memory of his wife, Doris, who passed away in 1988. Originally presented through the Madison Hospital Auxiliary, this scholarship has been awarded annually since 1989 and has helped many pharmacy students complete their education.

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