Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2001-02-16

Samford University pharmacy student Vinicia Lynn Thomas Cortez of Gadsden has been selected by the American Pharmaceutical Association Academy of Students of Pharmacy (APhA-ASP) to receive its national Student Leadership Award for 2001.

Selection is based on academic and leadership achievements. Cortez will receive a $500 scholarship and travel expenses to the APhA national meeting in San Francisco, Calif., in March.

Cortez, a third-year student at Samford's McWhorter School of Pharmacy, will receive a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2002.

Cortez is a member of the APhA-ASP's national committee on publications and was a national delegate to the March 2000 national meeting. She currently serves as coordinator of the Region III mid-year meeting which will be in Birmingham next fall.

At Samford, she has been president of the campus chapter of American Pharmaceutical Association and secretary of Phi Lambda Sigma pharmacy leadership honor society. She is president of the Samford chapter of the Alabama Society of Health Systems Pharmacists.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.