In Memorium - Christopher J. Decker
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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 presents the Christopher Decker Pharmacy Scholarship awards. 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 Christopher Decker Pharmacy Scholarship fund was established in 2022 by the Decker family in memory of Chris. This marks 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.” Student applicants must be enrolled in a Doctor of Pharmacy degree program at a school of pharmacy located in Wisconsin or Iowa, graduate between 2025-2028, and be 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 April 1. Click here to access the Christopher Decker scholarship application form.

The third annual Christopher Decker Scholarship Golf Outing will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2024 at the Wild Rock Golf Club in Wisconsin Dells, 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.