The University of New England was recently awarded grants from the Libra Foundation and the Betterment Fund totaling $300,000 to help fund the new College of Pharmacy to be located on the Westbrook College campus in Portland.

The Libra Foundation awarded $200,000 for capital costs for the new College of Pharmacy’s four-year Pharm.D. graduate program. In addition, the university was notified it would receive a $100,000 grant from the Betterment Fund to

establish an endowed scholarship for College of Pharmacy graduate students.

“These funds provide much needed support for the start of a College of Pharmacy at UNE,” said university President Danielle Ripich. “The gifts also demonstrate that these prestigious foundations recognize the importance of this new college to the region. We are honored to have been selected as recipients of their awards.”

College of Pharmacy Dean John Cormier said, “The College of Pharmacy . . . has entered the critical phase of its implementation with a variety of tasks evolving simultaneously. Essential to our readiness to enroll our first class of doctor of pharmacy students in the fall of 2009 are the rigorous process of national accreditation, the recruitment of teaching and research faculty, as well as the design and construction of a facility.”

He added, “It is largely through the generous support of such organizations as the Libra Foundation and the Betterment Fund that the university will sustain its momentum in bringing this program to fruition.”

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