OXFORD, Miss. – College students usually appear to their mothers and dads for guidance and inspiration when figuring out on their job route. For Val Soldevila, that was no distinct, as his father, Frank Soldevila, equipped quite a few footsteps to stick to.
“I’ve learn his story numerous situations, of how he got here to america from Panama with no talking English,” Val Soldevila stated.
Frank Soldevila immigrated to the U.S. in 1944 to pursue a pharmacy instruction. He started his experiments at Loyola Faculty in New Orleans for 2 yrs forward of discovering his eventual academic dwelling on the College of Mississippi College of Pharmacy. Soldevila graduated with honors and went on to a productive pharmacy occupation.
He had been a registered pharmacist for greater than 50 yrs on the time of his dying in 2015.
It was this story that influenced Val Soldevila to arrange a scholarship in his father’s determine that may make an results on long run pharmacists. The Francisco “Frank” Soldevila Pharmacy Scholarship Endowment will help school college students forge their very own path within the job.
“Since I purchased my pharmacy in 2020, I imagined it was solely becoming that I may honor my father on this method,” Val Soldevila talked about. “I’m positive it could make him very happy that he can be serving to deserving school college students of their pharmacy professions.”
Adhering to his father’s illustration, Soldevila pursued his private occupation in pharmacy. He additionally attended Ole Skip, the place he embraced the educational alternatives and the potent interactions normal.
“My simplest recollections must be the lifelong friendships that I created from pharmacy faculty that I proceed to have the benefit of presently,” he reported.
Instantly after graduating in 1977, Soldevila started his job at Monetary state Drugs in Clarksdale. 8 years later, he purchased 50 p.c possession of Henderson Drugs in Clarksdale and grew to develop into a companion together with his father.
The possibility to function alongside together with his father furnished even much more useful classes, Soldevila acknowledged.
“My father gave a lot of himself to pharmacy and likewise to me greater than the various years,” the son claimed. “He taught me deal about pharmacy and working a small enterprise.”
Soldevila additionally has been fairly involved within the Mississippi pharmacy local people in the middle of his profession, getting been a member of the Mississippi Pharmacists Affiliation and the Mississippi Neutral Pharmacy Affiliation. He beforehand served as district chairman and as president of MPhA from 2013 to 2014.
His work with MPhA acquired him the J.D. Slater District Accomplishment Award in 2013 and the Govt Administrators MVP award in 2014. Beforehand this yr, he was named Clarksdale’s Best Pharmacist of the 12 months.
Donna Strum, interim dean of the College of Pharmacy, praised the establishment of the scholarship.
“Frank Soldevila’s story actually ought to present as inspiration to any scholar,” Strum claimed. “I’m so glad that Val is serving to his father’s legacy reside on for a number of years to come back by the use of this scholarship.”
To make a reward to the Francisco “Frank” Soldevila Pharmacy Scholarship Endowment, ship a try, with the endowment’s determine identified within the memo line, to the Faculty of Mississippi Foundation, 406 Faculty Ave., Oxford, MS 38655 or give on line at https://give.olemiss.edu.
For lots extra data on supporting the College of Pharmacy, make contact with Sally Rychlak, affiliate director of development, at [email protected] or 662-915-3084.