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CU Pharmacy students earn recognition during annual awards convocation

Celebrating high-achieving students

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Written by Sara Knuth on May 6, 2019

In a night of recognition and remembrance, more than 40 University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences students took home awards and scholarships during the school’s annual Awards Convocation event.

The event, hosted May 3 on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, marked the first time three new scholarships were awarded: The Erin Terrio Memorial Scholarship, the Glenn D. and Jennifer M. Appelt Scholarship and the C. David Elm Pharmacy Practice Scholarship.

One new scholarship was created in honor of Erin Terrio, a dedicated student who died in 2016 from complications of cystic fibrosis, a disease she battled her entire life. Terrio was recognized for her determination to complete her studies at the end of the fall 2016 semester before she passed away, and is set to receive a posthumous degree at CU Pharmacy’s commencement ceremony May 24. The Erin Terrio Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Elizabeth Ko.

The Glenn D. and Jennifer M. Appelt Scholarship, awarded to student Chelsea Vallejos, was created in memory of former CU Pharmacy professor Glenn Appelt, who spent a 30 years with the school and is remembered for his kindness and dedication to research and teaching.

The C. David Elm Scholarship is named after the former longtime CU Apothecary manager and goes to an active or honorably discharged member of the U.S. Armed Forces or a dependent of one. In his time with CU, Dr. Elm mentored more than 1,000 students. Dr. Elm attended the awards convocation to present the scholarship to student Dario Martinez.

The ceremony was also a chance to honor two generous CU Pharmacy donors who recently passed away: Peggy Holden and Eugene McMahan.

Holden, who died in February, graduated from the School of Pharmacy in 1946 and, years later, started an endowment to support the Peggy and Jack Holden Scholarship. This year, the award went to Melanie Jakobs.

McMahan, who donated an in-state tuition scholarship in memory of his daughter for 25 consecutive years, also died in February. Every year, McMahan delivered the same speech to the crowd, recognizing his daughter, who graduated from the School of Pharmacy in 1976 and died after a battle with Lupus in 1993. This year, Dean Ralph Altiere shared McMahan’s words with the audience one last time.

The recipient of the Teresa McMahan-Shulkin Memorial Scholarship this year was Danielle Lucero.

See a list of this year’s awardees and scholarship recipients below.


NCPA Outstanding Student Member Award: Marci Stovall

Phi Delta Chi Pharmacy Spirit: Cecile (Mimi) Tran


Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Award: Susan Kresge

Rho Chi Outstanding Student Award: Hannah Edlin

Mylan Pharmaceuticals Excellence in Pharmacy Award: Adam Golos

Mereck Awards: Katelyn Kennedy, Danielle Lucero and Karrah Tran

Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Clinical Practice Award: Mattie Huffman

Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Valedictorian Award: Lindsay Courtney

Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award: Melanie Jakobs

Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Scholastic Achievement Awards: Jessica Goldsby, Lawand Kamal, Nicole Osbaugh

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences Awards: Allen Do, Jordan Jenrette, Nicola Maude, Kellie Spence

Student Council Presidential Award: Ryan Sutherlan

Dean’s Distinguished Student Award: Wendy Serrano

Holden Community Service Award: Anushka Tandon

Special Recognition for community service: HANDDS




George Masunaga Memorial Scholarships: Megan Fetters and Katelyn Gardner

CVS Health Foundation Scholarship: Kenny Mo and Yesha Patel

CVS Health Foundation Spanish Scholarship: Victoria Truong

Erwin-Vincent Scholarship: Elizabeth Keil

RxPlus Scholarships: Stephanie Early, Janet Kim, Kenny La, Jackson Reed, Cameron Welker

Walmart Scholarship: Pooja Patel

Richard Scott Johnston Memorial Scholarship: Anushka Tandon

CU Pharmacy Alumni and Faculty Scholarships: Marci Stovall

Erin Terrio Memorial Scholarship: Elizabeth Ko

Glenn D. and Jennifer M. Appelt Scholarship: Chelsea Vallejos

Burroughs Welcome Endowment Scholarship: James Martin

Walgreens Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Award: Sean Cordova

Walgreens Multilingual Scholarship: Janet Kim

Sheldon Steinhauser Diversity Scholarship: Ryan Sutherlan

Kaiser Permanente Kent M. Nelson Clinical Pharmacy Scholarships: Makenna Bishop, Nicole Osbaugh, Jasmine Pare, Hau Eun Park

Albertsons Safeway Scholarships: Peter Tonsits



Edgar Sibert Scholarships: Nedra Chijoke and Lawand Kamal

Edward and Karen Skaff Scholarship: Bianca Sisman and Veronica Hernandez

JP Opioid Interaction Awareness Alliance Scholarship: Chelsea Vallejos

James L. McDowell Memorial Scholarship: Clare Livingston

Peggy and Jack Holden Scholarship: Melanie Jakobs

Louis and Karen Diamond Preparatory Scholarship for Graduate Education: Nicholas Tomlinson

Louis and Karen Diamond New American Scholarship: Kenny La

David Elm Pharmacy Practice Scholarship: Dario Martinez

Joyce Stoddard, PharmD, Scholarship: Lionel Sielatchom-Noubissie

Teresa McMahan-Shulkin Memorial Scholarship: Danielle Lucero

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