Clovis pharmacy school gets $1 million gift for scholarships

The Fresno BeeFebruary 21, 2014 

A Clovis-based pharmacy school set to enroll its first class of students this summer has been awarded a $1 million gift for scholarships.

On Tuesday the California Health Sciences University College of Pharmacy announced the donation, which comes from Gerald and Nanette Lyles. The gift was made at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the school's campus, located on Clovis Avenue, south of Herndon Avenue.

In a statement, school officials said the scholarship fund will be managed by the Fresno Regional Foundation.

University board chair John Welty said the money will make the pharmacy school possible for many students who otherwise couldn't afford it.

"Your gift will make a significant difference for many students and your generosity will no doubt inspire others to follow your example," he said in a statement.

In early February, the pharmacy school was given "pre-candidate" status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, the accrediting body for pharmacy schools. That marks the first of three hurdles to full accreditation. It also gives the school a green light to enroll its first class of students. Officials have said they'll accept 84 applicants this year.

The college, which would be the first pharmacy school in the central San Joaquin Valley, will employ more than 50 people.

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