The Morgan Institute Scholarship for Sorensen Political Leadership Program
Interested in becoming more active in public service? Want to ensure that issues important to pharmacists are front and center in public debate?
The VPhA Foundation Morgan Institute wants to help pharmacists take the next step in public service, whether as community leaders or elected officials.
The Morgan Institute will pay a scholarship of $2,225 to any pharmacist accepted to the Political Leadership Program of The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia.
The Morgan Institute and the Sorensen Institute share the core values of bringing trust, civility and respect to public discourse. Ethics, bipartisanship, and the study of public policy issues are central themes at the core of every program Sorensen provides, and the Morgan Institute wants pharmacy professionals to be the beneficiaries of this training.
Graduates of Sorensen programs go on to serve as elected officials or community leaders in Virginia and throughout the nation. Notable Sorensen alumni include Governor Ralph Northam, Delegate Chris Peace, 2013 VPhA Award of Merit recipient, and Mark Vaughan, first chair and current member of the Morgan Institute Advisory Committee.
Approximately 1 out of every 6 members of the Virginia General Assembly is a graduate of one of Sorensen’s programs.
What is the Political Leaders Program?
The Political Leaders Program is Sorensen Institute’s flagship leadership development program. Ethics in Public Service, Public Policy, and Campaign and Advocacy Skills comprise the bulk of the curriculum. Graduates of the Political Leaders Program leave with a comprehensive knowledge of current issues impacting citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia, effective mediation techniques, and advocacy skills.
The Political Leaders Program is open to all Virginia residents eligible to run for public office. Approximately 35 participants are accepted into the program each year after a highly competitive essay-based application and in-person interview process. Classes meet one weekend each month for ten months (March through December) in areas across the Commonwealth. Applications for the Political Leaders Program are usually accepted in the early Fall each year. The Morgan Institute will provide a scholarship of $2,225 towards the cost of tuition to any pharmacist accepted into the program.