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Why We Give

Like education, giving is transformative

We turn your contributions into deeper teaching and learning experiences, an environment of exploration and discovery, and more opportunities for students to succeed. Often, our students are the first in their families to pursue these dreams so rich in possibilities.

Your support helps us keep USciences on the cutting edge, gathering the best faculty and students in one of higher education’s highest-stakes niches. After all, science and health care are the most important professional fields today — and will remain so for decades to come.

Just one USciences student can positively affect thousands of lives. There are surely few investments of equal impact and reward.

A Proud Heritage

At University of the Sciences, resourceful and visionary donors recognize the correlation between their investments and our capacity to provide an outstanding education in pharmaceutical sciences, chemistry, occupational and physical therapy, and other leading-edge fields. Alongside our students' bright futures, these donors' legacies are beacons for future generations.

The Lilly family has always been closely connected to USciences giving. We have benefited beyond measure from the direct support of Josiah Kirby Lilly PhG'1882, and his son, Eli Lilly II PC'1907, who in 1953 dedicated one of the largest gifts in our history to the memory of his father. Since its founding in 1937, the Lilly Endowment, Inc. has supported the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.

The late Robert L. McNeil, Jr. P'38, was a steadfast USciences donor throughout his life. He funded substantial scholarships in the name of William R. Jones P'42, a friend and colleague. The McNeil Science and Technology Center and the McNeil Athletic Fields bear his name and reflect his interests. Most recently, McNeil endowed a professorship that will now make possible an exciting collaborative venture.

Joseph Price Remington, an esteemed professor and, later, dean at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Sciences, made his most lasting contribution to his field with Remington: The Science & Practice of Pharmacy. This comprehensive textbook, first published in 1886, remains the gold standard of pharmaceutical science. Remington also became one of the first donors to make a major bequest to USciences, with his estate assigning the copyright for his textbook, now in its 21st edition, to the University on his death in 1918. Our Benefactors Society is now named in his honor.

The Wyeth family has paid tribute to patriarch John Wyeth PC'1854 in many ways, including a $1.2 million gift to endow a professorship, and their donation of the Wyeth Pharmaceutical archives to the USciences library before the company's 2009 merger with Pfizer.

Gifts in Action

These are just a few of the compelling stories that highlight your impact as a donor on USciences’ students, their educational opportunities, and the life of this campus.

Angela Hoang '14

Angela Hoang '14

ANGELA HOANG '14 STILL LIVED IN VIETNAM when she first heard her parents speak about America. There, they said, the family could find opportunities. Maybe their children would become the first in their family to pursue college degrees. Today, Angela is living the American dream ─ and realizing her parents' aspirations ─ as a Philadelphia College of Pharmacy PharmD candidate.

"Pharmacy is the only thing I ever wanted to do," she says. "Many people can't go to the doctor all the time. Pharmacists can help guide their healthcare decisions."

Angela appreciates the intimate environment, accessible teachers and challenging coursework at University of the Sciences. But what has shaped her experience most is becoming the first recipient of the Dr. Susan M. Blyskal Endowed Scholarship ─ one of more than 150 endowed scholarships that are part of USciences' robust financial aid program.

"I met Dr. Blyskal on the day she found out about the scholarship. Her husband had named it for her as a special birthday present," Angela recalls. "She was crying. Dr. Blyskal is also a pharmacist ─ and an immigrant. That means a lot to me."

One day, Angela hopes to become a scholarship donor herself so she can open doors for others and put an outstanding education within their reach. "I would like to give back, just like the Blyskals. After all, helping others achieve the American dream is part of the American dream."

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Dr. Lois K. Cohen

Dr. Lois K. Cohen 

WHEN ILENE WARNER-MARON PHD'07 DECIDED TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL for a doctorate in health policy, she naturally chose University of the Sciences, where she is an adjunct professor at Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy.

Returning to the other side of the classroom also inspired Warner-Maron to give back to USciences by endowing a lectureship that will expose more budding professionals to urgent global health issues. She used the gift to honor her aunt, Dr. Lois K. Cohen, a leading expert in the field.

"My aunt has always been a huge influence on me as an example of a woman who was educated and successful and who contributed to society through her work," says Warner-Maron, a legal nurse consultant and president of Alden Geriatric Consultants, Inc. "As a gerontologist, I see people often honored for their contributions at the end of their lives or after they've died. I wanted to do this now, so that my aunt could be an active participant in the lecture series named in her honor."

On October 4, 2010, Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, director of the Pan American Health Organization, delivered the first Lois K. Cohen Global Health Lecture. Among the many USciences students and alumni in the audience, were Dr. Warner-Maron and Dr. Cohen, thoroughly enjoying the dialogue they are sparking and the global awareness they are promoting among the next generation of healthcare professionals.

KATE MAYES. MARVIN SAMSON. ALLEN MISHER. Today's students recognize these names ─ emblazoned on three of their colleges ─ as readily as past generations have known J.K. and Eli Lilly, John Wyeth and the McNeil family.

All are part of a unique legacy: University of the Sciences is built on the generosity of donors who, over time, have helped prepare students to become pace-setters in pharmacy, science and health care.

For Kate Mayes P'76, PharmD'78, establishing the Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy in 2007 was a way to anticipate needs. "It is critical," says Mayes, "that we have strong policies and effective, business-trained professionals in health care to take care of our aging population."

Marvin Samson, honorary alumnus and long-time board member, sees similar relevance in the Samson College of Health Sciences. "The most important job of the present is to educate future leaders and providers of health care," says Samson, whose gifts have substantially strengthened capacity at USciences.

Reflective of our tight-knit community, Misher College of Arts and Sciences is named in honor of the man who served as USciences' president between 1983 and 1994, Allen Misher P'59, PhD, HonDSc'95. "What should students, rightfully, expect from their college education?" asks President Misher. "They should expect to graduate with a solid foundation in the humanities as well as the superb professional training for which USciences is renowned. As donors, we make that possible."

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