UF College of Pharmacy Jacksonville students awarded national Kappa Psi scholarships

The Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Foundation Board has awarded national scholarships to Dionna Shine and Ruth Adeyemi, students at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy’s Jacksonville campus.

Kappa Psi ScholarshipShine is a fourth-year student pharmacist and has held multiple leadership positions within the local Zeta Gamma collegiate chapter, including service as a national and province delegate. She is currently an immediate past regent and has fulfilled other regent roles during her time with the chapter. In addition, she has chaired five different committees and attended multiple Kappa Psi regional conferences and events.

“Becoming a recipient of this scholarship is a privilege,” Shine said. “Since joining this great fraternity, I gained a family. A family that believes that I am capable and deserving of greatness. A family that challenges me to work hard and give back at every opportunity. Therefore, being honored with this scholarship reinforces my direction both within Kappa Psi, and pharmacy at large. Additionally, while this scholarship recognizes me, I would like to give a special thank you to my chapter, and the many mentors who helped me become the person I am today.”

Adeyemi is a third-year student pharmacist who has contributed to the local Zeta Gamma chapter in many ways. She currently serves as the 2024 Spring Assembly committee chair and the 2023-24 Southeast Province webmaster. Previously, she served as the pledge class secretary, the chapter historical committee co-chair, the chapter secretary and graduate liaison, and the scholarship and professional development committee chair. Adeyemi has attended three province-level conferences while at UF and recently participated in the Kappa Psi leadership symposium in Oklahoma.

“Winning this scholarship shows that my contributions to Kappa Psi, both locally and provincially, are recognized,” Adeyemi said. “Likewise, my current contributions to the pharmacy profession are noticed, giving me the confidence to do more.”

The Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Foundation Board established its scholarship program in 1995 and annually awards $12-14,000 in scholarships to deserving members.