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Christopher Decker Pharmacy Scholarship

Chris Decker built a legacy of #differencemakers in pharmacy practice. Collaboration that Chris built between Wisconsin and Iowa, where Chris began his pharmacy career, continues with a new student pharmacist scholarship opportunity.

In tribute to his legacy and in partnership with the Iowa Pharmacy Foundation, the Wisconsin Pharmacy Foundation will present the first Christopher Decker Pharmacy Scholarship awards in 2022. Student pharmacists from Wisconsin and Iowa schools of pharmacy will be eligible to apply for the recognition program managed by the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin (PSW). The scholarship application is in development and will be available soon.

The Christopher Decker Pharmacy Scholarship fund was established by the Decker family in memory of Chris. This will be the first scholarship program ever managed by PSW.


Christopher Decker Scholarship Application

This scholarship is intended to recognize future pharmacists who emulate Chris’s legacy of innovation, collaboration, mutual respect, positivity, and his call to us to be “Difference Makers.” A student must be enrolled in a PharmD program at a school of pharmacy located in either Wisconsin or Iowa, graduating between 2023-2026, and either a Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin or Iowa Pharmacy Association member to apply. A student is eligible to receive one Christopher Decker Scholarship during their time in pharmacy school.

Applications are due August 1, 2022. Applications must be sent in a Word document to info@pswi.org. Click here for the scholarship application form.

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The first annual Christopher Decker Scholarship Golf Outing will be held on Monday, June 6, 2022 at the Nakoma Golf Club in Madison, WI. More details and registration can be found here! Read below to learn more about the golf outing, this newly created scholarship for student pharmacists, and the legacy of Christopher J. Decker.

 


 

Christopher J. Decker

Chris Decker was the CEO of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin for almost 30 years. His legacy of developing a Wisconsin Pharmacy culture of innovation, collaboration, and mutual respect supported pharmacy practice advancement in Wisconsin and beyond. We have all been touched by his story, his positivity, and his call to us to be “Difference Makers.”

In collaboration with Chris' colleagues across the country, the Wisconsin Pharmacy Foundation facilitated over $123,000 in contributions in tribute to Chris. In conjunction with this tribute, the PSW Board of Directors dedicated a new patio space at the PSW office as “The Deck.” This networking and event space, conceived through Chris' vision, now serves as a lasting place for the Wisconsin Pharmacy Family to come together, network, mentor, collaborate, and inspire one another.

The Wisconsin Pharmacy Foundation would like to thank “Team Deck” (Tom Temple, Ron Fitzwater, Steve Mullenix, Mark Pilkington, Rod Shafer, and Becky Snead; colleagues of Chris' from across the country) and the Decker Family for their support in this special tribute to Chris Decker.

Giving in Tribute

Below is a list of individuals and companies who made contributions to the "Chris Decker Tribute" fund. Thank you to all of our generous donors!

Journal Supplement

The Journal of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin published a supplement titled, "Honoring a Legacy." Click here to download the supplement PDF.