Donor Spotlight


Below you can hear a few of the stories shared by our alumni and friends on why they chose to support the UF College of Pharmacy. As you read through our Donor Spotlights, you will see how each individual has created their legacy in a unique way.

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Donor Spotlight

Valerie Griffith

The Valerie Calkin Griffith Faculty Development Fund

Class of '62

Valerie Griffith, a long-time supporter, has made a commitment to education and research at UF’s College of Pharmacy. Her bequest contributes to the Academy for Excellence, a fund that supports faculty development with the purpose of retaining and recruiting highly qualified professors and teachers, and supports the work and research of the faculty.

“I thought that a scholarship was a way that I could give others the chance that my parents gave me. It was the best way I could honor their sacrifice and their memory.”

In 2005, she created the Valerie Calkin Griffith Scholarship honoring her parents Claude and Hazel Calkin to support pharmacy students in good academic standing. Griffith’s gift was a way for her to honor her parents, whom she describes as hard-working people who believed in education.

“My parents were always supportive of my education, and felt that education was essential for everyone,” Griffith said.

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