Shilan Scholarship

A Bridge to Empower Pharmacists to Enhance Patient Care Outcomes

Offering scholarships to young pharmacists to pursue additional credentials that lead to specialized services and improved patient outcomes.

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A memorial scholarship fund has been established in honor and memory of John C. Shilan, PharmD. The scholarship fund will make awards to selected young pharmacists who have demonstrated an interest in added credentials enabling them to provide specialized patient care services based on additional knowledge and skill. “John’s young life was cut way too short; but this scholarship will keep John’s name and spirit alive in the future, by helping young pharmacists enhance patient care outcomes… just as John would have done,” said Kelly Hasty Kale, President of the VPhA Foundation.

Memorial contributions may be made to The John C. Shilan Scholarship Fund, c/o VPhA Research and Education Foundation, 2530 Professional Dr., N.Chesterfield, VA 23235/

The intent of the John C. Shilan Scholarship is to enable young pharmacists to achieve added credentials for specialized patient care services that enhance desired patient outcomes and create new models of pharmacy practice that, by example, can be emulated by other pharmacists.

  • Applicants must have graduated from an accredited school of pharmacy within the past 10 years.
  • Applicants must be permanent residents of Virginia.
  • Applicants must submit letters of interest with resume and/or CV that include all elements described in the Application Instructions below.
  • The Academy of New & Future Practitioners of the VPhA is encouraged to promote the scholarship program among its members
  • Membership in VPhA is encouraged, but not required
  • The scholarship award may only be used for post-graduate training and certification of eligible credentials (as identified below).
  • The scholarship is a one-time award of $1,000: $500 is payable directly to the pharmacist upon selection by the Shilan Scholarship Committee, and $500 is payable directly to the pharmacist upon submission of documentation of achievement of the credential and a statement of the method the Recipient will use to share the outcomes of the new patient care services with colleagues within 36 months.
  • From the date the scholarship is accepted by the recipient, the Foundation expects the award recipient to: achieve the added credential within a period of time not to exceed 18 months; implement the enhanced patient care services within 12-24 months; and share the new model of practice with the media and colleagues within 36 months. By the recipient’s example, other pharmacists will surely be motivated to emulate this new model of pharmacy practice. Achievement of all these milestones are expected within 36 months from the date the scholarship is accepted by the Recipient.
  • Applications will be due April 1st of each year.
  • The selected recipient will be notified 60 days prior to the annual convention of the Virginia Pharmacists Association.
  • Each year’s selected recipient will be announced at the annual convention of the Virginia Pharmacists Association.

Recognition of Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship recipients with their new earned credentials will be listed on a permanent plaque maintained in the VPhA Foundation headquarters and on the VPhA Foundation web pages, and announced each year at the VPhA annual convention when the new scholarship award recipient is made public.

2018 Recipient

Alyssa Zavadsky, PharmD, BCACP

2017 Recipient

Amy Sparkman, PharmD, BCACP

2015 Recipient

Andrea L. Brookhart

Andrea L. Brookhart, PharmD, BCACP
District B Clinical Coordinator
Kroger Mid-Atlantic Division

2016 Recipient

Jennifer Trotter

Jennifer Trotter, PharmD, BCACP
Mountain States Medical Group
East Tennessee State University, Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy

2014 Recipient

Megan B. Ellmers

Megan B. Ellmers, PharmD, BCACP
Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist Specialist
Sentara RMH Medical Group


Eligible Credentials

The scholarship award may only be used for post-graduate training and certification of eligible credentials:

Pharmacist-Only Certifications

  • Ambulatory Care: Board-Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP)
  • Cardiology: Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist with Added Qualifications in Cardiology
  • Geriatrics: Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP)
  • Infectious Disease: Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist with Added Qualifications in Infectious Disease
  • Nuclear Pharmacy: Board-Certified Nuclear Pharmacist (BCNP)
  • Nutrition Support: Board-Certified Nutrition Support Pharmacist (BCNSP)
  • Oncology Pharmacy: Board-Certified Oncology Pharmacist (BCOP)
  • Pharmacotherapy: Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS)
  • Psychiatric Pharmacy: Board-Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP)

Multidisciplinary Certifications

  • Anticoagulation Care: Certified Anticoagulation Care Provider (CACP)
  • Asthma Education: Certified Asthma Education (AE-C)
  • Cardiovascular/Life Support: Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS); Pediatric Cardiovascular Life Support (PALS)
  • Clinical Pharmacology: Accredited in Applied Pharmacology (AP)
  • Diabetes Education: Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)
  • Diabetes Management-Advanced: Board-Certified Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM)
    • HIV SpecialistTM (AAHIVS)
    • HIV Expert (AAHIVE)
    • HIV Pharmacist (AAHIVP)
  • Health Information Technology:
    • Certified Professional in Electronic Health Records (CPEHR)
    • Certified Professional in Health Information Technology (CPHIT)
    • Certified Professional in Health Information Exchange (CPHIE)
    • Certified Professional for Operating Rules Administration (CPORA)
  • Lipids: Clinical Lipid Specialist (CLS)
  • Nutrition Support: Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC)
  • Pain Education: Credentialed Pain Educator (CPE)
  • Pain Management: Credentialed Pain Practitioner (CPP)
  • Poison Information: Certified Specialist in Poison Information (CSPI)
  • Toxicology: Diplomate of the American Board of Applied Toxicology (DABAT)

Other post-graduate certifications are subject to approval by the Shilan Scholarship Selection Committee. However, immunization administration and CPR/AED certifications are not eligible for this scholarship program.

Application Instructions

Applications will be due April 1st. Applicants will submit the following information:

  • Cover letter (~ 2-3 pages) to include, but not be limited to:
    • Added credential sought
    • Description of planned use of the added credential to offer specialized patient care services
    • Training source and cost; credentialing body and cost of examination
    • Anticipated timeline to attain and use the added credential to provide patient care services
    • Tentative plans to share these patient care services and outcomes with the media and fellow colleagues
  • Attached CV and/or resume to include, but not be limited to:
    • Preferred current contact information, including full name, permanent mailing address of residence, phone(s), primary and alternate email addresses
    • School/college of pharmacy from which graduated and year of gradation
    • Pharmacists licensure information
    • Current employment in Virginia, including practice site name, address/phone, position title, scope of responsibilities, supervisor, duration
    • Previous employment, including practice site name, address/phone, position title, scope of responsibilities, supervisor, duration

Applications are to be submitted in one electronic submission to with subject line “Shilan Scholarship Application” or mailed to:

Shilan Scholarship Application
c/o VPhA Foundation
2530 Professional Road
North Chesterfield, VA 23235.


Tax-deductible contributions by pharmacists and friends of the profession will provide support for the John C. Shilan Scholarship Fund.  Make your tax-deductible contribution, large or small, to the VPhA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation.  Thank you.

The VPhA Foundation is an IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt educational foundation, Tax ID#54-1142544. A financial statement is available upon written request from the Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs, Commonwealth of Virginia, P.O. Box 1163, Virginia 23218.