Shantel Houston is the recipient of the 2017 James A. Mincy Independent Pharmacy Scholarship. The prestigious award recognizes Shantel’s outstanding academic achievement, extensive community service, leadership in professional organizations, and demonstrated interest in independent pharmacy.

The James A. Mincy Independent Pharmacy Scholarship is named in memory of third generation independent pharmacist James A. Mincy and recognizes a pharmacy student who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, made contributions through volunteer work, participated in professional or student organizations and shown an interest in independent pharmacy. The award is given once a year and the recipient is recognized with an award of $1,000.

Shantel is in her third year at the University of South Florida College of Pharmacy (USF COP) and currently serves as the USF COP Class President for the Class of 2018, is an invited member of the Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society and the Rho Chi Society academic pharmacy honor society, holds leadership positions in the Kappa Epsilon Professional Pharmacy Fraternity, the Hispanic Association of Pharmacists, and the American Pharmacy Purchasing Alliance, and represents the College of Pharmacy as a Student Delegate. She is also a member of the Florida Pharmacy Association, the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists, and the National Community Pharmacists Association.

Shantel has been involved extensively in community service through provision of clinical health services for indigent populations in the Tampa Bay area working within the student run BRIDGE health care clinic, participating locally in health fairs and community events through the USF Health Service Corps, caring for patients on international mission trips coordinated through USF Health’s International Health Service Collaborative, and developing a health ministry at her church. She also has a passion for educating students and has devoted her energies to numerous community programs serving as a tutor, mentor, and counselor for children.

Shantel aspires to owning her own pharmacy and has focused on independent pharmacy experiences as well as business and management training throughout pharmacy school. Shantel has worked as a pharmacy intern for the Extra Care Pharmacy independent pharmacy in Tampa and completed a management summer internship with the National Community Pharmacy Association (NCPA) representing independent pharmacists across the nation. She is also an independent business owner of Total Life Changes, LLC and has gained additional work experience in the areas of marketing and online pharmacy entrepreneurship. She is involved with the student chapter of NCPA at USF and has participated in NCPA’s ownership workshop and advocated for independent pharmacies’ interests at the NCPA Congressional Summit in Washington, D.C.