School of Pharmacy Receives Prestigious Centennial Scholarship from FDA Alumni Association (FDAAA)
Addendum: June 2018
James S. Benson of the FDAAA was one of the important individuals behind the establishment of the FDAAA Centennial Scholarship. His tireless efforts in reaching out to corporations for contributions led to the establishment of the Scholarship in 2008. Sadly, he passed away this year and is sorely missed by his FDAAA colleagues and friends at Temple University School of Pharmacy.
To remember his outstanding work for the organization, the FDAAA unanimously approved the renaming of the Centennial Scholarship Endowment to the James S. Benson FDA Alumni Association Centennial Scholarship (effective in June 2018).
Temple University School of Pharmacy looks forward to awarding the first James S. Benson FDA Alumni Assocation Centennial Scholarship for the Fall 2018 semester. A minimum of two scholarships will be awarded, with one being awarded exclusively to a full-time FDA employee. (The other is open to students from regulated industry or the FDA.)
To date, over 60 RAQA students have received scholarships through the FDAAA Scholarship fund (now the James S. Benson FDA Alumni Assocation Scholarship Fund). We are grateful to the many members of the FDAAA who have supported the scholarship over the years. In particular, Robert and Kelly Sauer were wonderful friends and enthusiastic supporters of fund-raising for the scholarship for over a decade.
James S. Benson FDA Alumni Association Scholarship
FDA Alumni Association
Centennial Scholarship Award
Created in 2000, the Food and Drug Administration Alumni
Association (FDAAA) is a non-profit volunteer service
organization whose mission is to educate the public about the
ever-expanding public health mission of the federal Food and
Drug Administration. Members are former Agency employees who
continue to use their specialized technical, scientific and
institutional knowledge to perform public service related to the
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Pure Food and Drugs Act, the FDAAA established a scholarship fund to encourage academic training in regulatory and quality issues. After reviewing graduate programs of schools nationwide, the FDAAA selected the Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance Graduate Program of Temple University’s School of Pharmacy as the recipient of the endowment. The RAQA graduate program is deeply honored to receive this prestigious award.
The Scholarship was renamed in June 2018 in remembrance of James S. Benson of the FDAAA, who worked tirelessly to raise funds for the endowment when it was first created and who passed away earlier in the year. The endowment is now known as the James S. Benson FDA Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.
The FDAAA Centennial Scholarship Award is open to current and new Temple U RAQA students, who are not eligible for tuition reimbursement at their organization or receive only partial reimbursement. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of both financial need and academic merit. At least one scholarship is specifically slated for a member of the FDA each year. The awards are given for each Fall semester and consist of the tuition costs for one RAQA course (exclusive of the University Services fee). In some cases, the Committee may decide to offer partial funding to a student.
Interested students should submit their application materials no later than August 1 each year. A selection committee consisting of School of Pharmacy administrators and personnel will make the final selection. The recipients will be announced in mid-September each year. The recipients' name will be forwarded to the FDAAA for publication in their newsletter. Recipients must be a registered student in the RAQA graduate program with no Incompletes or Academic Holds on their record.
Students may apply for the James S. Benson FDA Alumni Association Scholarship more than once. To be eligible to reapply, the student must have earned a grade of B or higher in the course taken under the FDAAA scholarship. In addition, the student must submit a new application form (but a second essay is not required).
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