Businesses Step Up to Support UM

What do a pharmacy scholarship, a spiffed-up student lounge and an energy technology lab have in common? They all represent the impact of recent corporate support for UM.

Businesses are making big waves this year with generous gifts that will create a myriad of opportunities for students.

The College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences accepts a gift from Cardinal Health.Take Cardinal Health. The company saw an opportunity to help students thrive and partnered with the Skaggs School of Pharmacy to establish a $133,000 scholarship fund. The Cardinal Health Scholarship will support students who are interested in careers in independent pharmacy. In addition to receiving a substantial award, these students will be able to participate in Cardinal Health RBC’s Pharmacy Ownership Boot Camp – an intense two-day course on opening and operating a community pharmacy.

Cardinal Health isn’t the only business to see the benefit of investing in UM. Moss Adams LLP, an accounting and business consulting firm, recently pledged $100,000 to establish a scholarship for accounting majors, re-vamp the newly christened Moss Adams Student Lounge in the Gallagher Business Building and continue to support the School of Business Administration’s Career Development Program. Missoula Federal Credit Union (MFCU) pledged $53,000 to fund the MFCU Energy Technology Lab in the new Missoula College building, giving students the tools to become leaders in the renewable energy sector.      

Together, UM’s business partners are empowering students to grow into professionals who will make a difference in the workplace and the world.

“We want to support UM as they educate the next generation of pharmacy owners,” said Kevin Coffman, Cardinal Health sales manager for retail/alternative care.

 “Our hope is that the students who receive the Cardinal Health Scholarship will see this as an opportunity to launch their own success story and serve a local community in the state of Montana.”

Pictured above: Donna Beall, director of student affairs at the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, accepts a donation on behalf of the college from Kevin Coffman, sales manager at Cardinal Health.