In recognition of the significant contribution Mr George Taylor has made to clinical pharmacy in Tasmania, a new scholarship was launched in his name on Friday 24th August.
George worked as the first ever clinical pharmacist at the Royal Hobart Hospital and consequently has paved the way for current and future clinical pharmacists to follow in his lead. He has played an integral role in the mentoring and teaching of numerous School of Pharmacy students who have gone on to have successful careers in clinical pharmacy around Australia and the world. And he has been instrumental in establishing clinical placements and hospital internships to further support UTAS Bachelor of Pharmacy students.
Students, colleagues, donors and staff attended the launch, where Professor Greg Peterson announced the scholarship in George's honour. Students were given the opportunity to speak with George personally about his experiences, with many students displaying a keen enthusiasm to follow in his tracks.
The George Taylor Scholarship in Clinical Pharmacy will be awarded to a student entering into their 4th year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy, who can demonstrate an interest in pursuing clinical pharmacy. The scholarship is valued at $1,500 and aims to assist students in their final year of study. Applications are now open, and Bachelor of Pharmacy students in their 3rd year are encouraged to apply by the closing date of 31st October 2012.
This scholarship has been wholly funded by the School, colleagues and supporters of George. By 2014 the School of Pharmacy aims to increase the annual stipend to $5,000 per year. However, to reach this target, significant support is still needed.
If you would like to contribute to the fund, donations are welcome through the UTAS Foundation. Please visit www.utas.edu.au/foundation/donate - select General Donation at the bottom of the page, then select Donate Online and under 'Gift Purpose', choose George Taylor Scholarship in Clinical Pharmacy.
Authorised by the Head of School, Pharmacy
14 September, 2012