Cora Mae Briggs Scholarship Recipient: Madeline Leiter, candidate for Doctor of Pharmacy, 2019
The Cora Mae Briggs Memorial Scholarship is an annual award given to a Nebraska resident who is a pharmacy student at Creighton and exhibits high academic and professional potential.
Although there is a long line of pharmacists in Madeline Leiter’s family, she never thought she would pursue health care. After graduating from high school, Madeline attended Nebraska Wesleyan in music and theater, and studied abroad in the Netherlands and South Africa. She quickly fell in love with the vibrant culture and natural beauty, returning to Cape Town to complete a culinary diploma, which she subsequently used working in some of the country’s best restaurants.
Shortly after she returned to the United States, her grandfather, who had been a lifelong community and long-term care pharmacist, fell ill and elected to enter into hospice care. While serving as his hospice caregiver, she discovered she possessed the capacity to empathize and care for others, and came to a much greater understanding of what a pharmacist could be. Seeing the respect her grandfather garnished, and how he was able to remain engaged in his care, was inspiring. About a week later, Madeline enrolled at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to complete prerequisite coursework before enrolling at Creighton.
Since the beginning of her pharmacy school journey, she developed a passion for the profession in ways unexpected. She had the opportunity to work in community, long-term care, and inpatient settings, giving her both a wide range of experiences and a broad scope on the patient experience. Madeline has served as Creighton’s student representative on the Nebraska Drug Utilization Review (DUR) Board.
One experience she is most proud of is her work at Clinic with a Heart. She finds providing thorough medication counseling for people who would otherwise be without health care especially fulfilling. She brings together all the knowledge and skills she has learned throughout her training and engages patients in their own care.
With her final year at the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions quickly coming to a close, she looks forward to finding her niche in the profession. Madeline plans on applying for a residency to further her clinical abilities and earn a teaching certificate. Ultimately, she hopes to obtain a clinical position so she can work closely with patients and other providers. Madeline is honored to be a scholarship recipient and is extremely grateful for the support.
Rex Higley Scholarship: Rebecca Dwornicki, candidate for Doctor of Pharmacy, 2020
The Rex Higley Memorial Scholarship is given to a Nebraska pharmacy student who shows academic and professional potential.
Rebecca Dwornicki is a lifelong Omaha resident whose love for pharmacy runs in the family. Her dream of becoming a pharmacist began while observing her mother, who is a consultant for a long-term care pharmacy. Growing up, she was able to experience firsthand the impact pharmacists can have. Whenever Rebecca was sick, her mom always knew exactly what do and brought so much comfort to her family. Rebecca always wanted to do the same for her future family.
From the time Rebecca was able, she worked as a pharmacy technician and intern in a variety of settings, including both community and long-term care. She has been fortunate to learn from many great pharmacists, and her experiences in both practice settings have helped shaped the type of pharmacist she wants to be upon graduation.
Rebecca is a third-year pharmacy student and serves as vice president of the Student Chapter of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and is a member of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), Midwest College of Clinical Pharmacy (MCCP), and the Nebraska Pharmacists Association (NPA), and is former class treasurer for Pharmacy and Health Professions Student Government (PHPSG). Rebecca has enjoyed all of her experiences in pharmacy school and hopes to follow in her mother’s footsteps into the field of long-term care.
Rebecca is honored to be a scholarship recipient and thanks the Nebraska Pharmacy Foundation for its investment in her education. She hopes to one day return the favor for a future Creighton pharmacy student.