Joanna Longueira April 5, 2017

Dear Dr. Crisafi,

I was recently informed of my selection to be a proud recipient of the Bob Crisafi Challenge Scholarship.  I am writing to you today to express my immense gratitude and appreciation for your efforts and consideration.

In preparation for y future as a Gator pharmacist, I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida with a double major in Biology and Psychology. It was throughout my time and involvement as an undergraduate at UF that I came to discover a passion for pharmacy.  To further develop this passion, I became a medical researcher at Shands Hospital, a supplemental instructor for biochemistry, and a pharmacy technician at a CVS pharmacy by campus. Together, these extracurricular activities along with my rigorous undergraduate coursework have molded me into a competent leader, scientist and caregiver. I am confident that these roles I play will allow me to excel in my future as a Gator Pharmacist.

In August, I will be begin my pharmacy education in the Orlando campus at the University of Florida. Currently, I am most interested in pursuing a career in clinical pharmacy due to my many years of hospital-based volunteering, research and shadowing. However, I am open to other areas of pharmacy and I am confident that my time at the University of Florida will prepare me for whichever path I choose.

As I embark on my journey to become a pharmacist,  I am especially grateful to benefactors like yourself who make high-quality education possible for capable applicants who are less able to afford it. I believe that the Crisafi Challenge is an exceptional method for raising funds by the combined effort of alumni and friends and I would like to thank you personally for your added generosity of matching all donations in order to double the scholarship funds. It really is people like you who make the pharmacy profession a prestigious and exciting career. Receiving these funds from the Crisafi Challenge Scholarship will undoubtedly allow me to make the most of my time at UF and explore all possible pharmacy professions and for these opportunities, I am extremely grateful. Your donation has made me all the more excited to start realizing my dreams of becoming a pharmacist!

Joanna Longueira

Joanna Longueira
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