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$1 million gift creates scholarship at SJF’s Wegmans School of Pharmacy  

$1 million gift creates scholarship at SJF’s Wegmans School of Pharmacy  

A $1 million gift to the Wegmans School of Pharmacy will create opportunities for the next generation of students by providing substantial tuition assistance over the course of their academic careers. 

Birnie and Malmberg. (Submitted photo)

The gift is from Ludmilla (Lucy) P. Malmberg, a nationally renowned pharmacist, educational philanthropist and entrepreneur. 

“It is my belief that pharmacy is a small community that profoundly affects a large world,” said Malmberg in a release. “I am grateful for opportunity to come alongside St. John Fisher University in support of Wegmans School of Pharmacy students as they prepare to one day serve future patients and to strengthen our pharmacy profession in service to the world.”  

The Malmberg Pharmacy Scholar Award will be available to eligible students enrolling in the School’s Pharm.D. campus pathway beginning in fall 2023. Tuition assistance will range from $7,500 to $10,000 each year, totaling up to $40,000 across four years for each student recipient. 

In 2021, Malmberg made a $350,000 gift to establish the Lucy P. Malmberg Pharmacy Endowed Scholarship program and this new gift will provide an additional $350,000 to seed the endowment. The remaining $650,000 will provide immediate scholarships to students entering the pharmacy campus program. 

Additionally, Malmberg has given the school money to purchase iPad technology for first-year students, as well as a $100,000 gift in 2020 to offset the cost of student travel experiences. 

As co-founder and former chair of the Board of Directors of Wedgewood Pharmacy in New Jersey, Malmberg helped to transform the company from a local community pharmacy into the largest specialized compounding pharmacy in the United States.  

Over the last several years, Malmberg has become a strong advocate for the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, serving on the Dean’s Advisory Council and sharing her expertise in compounding with students through guest lectures. 

“Lucy’s commitment to the Wegmans School of Pharmacy has been outstanding, not only in her philanthropy, but in sharing her expertise and experiences with our community,” said Christine Birnie, dean of the school. “We are privileged to have her as a partner and her legacy of giving will have a lasting impact on our students.” 

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