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Howard University and Alto Pharmacy Announce Alto Scholars Program

Alto Photo - Matt Gamache-Asselin, founder of Alto Pharmacy and Howard students
Pictured above: (from left) Kevin Burns, Jamie Karraker, and Matt Gamache-Asselin of Alto Pharmacy; with Howard pharmacy students Benedicta Agbodza and Mesay Abomsa.

WASHINGTON – The Howard University College of Pharmacy and Alto Pharmacy, a patient-centric telehealth pharmacy committed to health and wellbeing, have announced a three-year partnership to support student scholarships. Under the program, Alto will contribute $450,000 to support scholarships for five pharmacy students in each of the next three years. This builds on an existing partnership that established paid internships and forged a career path to quality permanent roles for aspiring pharmacy students.

“At Alto, we are working every day to help people live healthier by transforming the pharmacy industry. We can only do that over the long term if there is another generation of smart, committed and diverse pharmacists to help continue to innovate, whether at Alto or elsewhere in the industry. This partnership is a small first step in supporting and empowering that generation,” said Matt Gamache-Asselin, founder of Alto Pharmacy.

Several Alto Scholars will be selected by the College of Pharmacy’s scholarship committee each year.  Alto’s 10-week immersive internship program empowers pharmacy students to learn side by side with Alto pharmacists at its fulfillment centers, build rapport with senior management and hopefully join Alto upon graduation.

“We are preparing students to be leaders in pharmacy practice, and the Alto Scholarship Fund will help us invest in our students,” said Toyin Tofade, dean and professor at Howard University College of Pharmacy. “Our partnership with Alto Pharmacy provides scholarships that will enhance student education, expand networking opportunities and provide real-world experiences for Howard pharmacy students.”

“The Howard University College of Pharmacy is clearly a leader in educating and developing the next generation of pharmacists. It is an honor for Alto to be able to support and partner with them by making access to this world-class program possible for more students. We hope this is just the start of a long and impactful partnership,” said Gamache-Asselin.

The partnership’s first interns, from Summer 2021, gave the program rave reviews for its hands-on learning opportunities. “I am grateful to have been afforded this opportunity and to collaborate with a team that is as passionate as I am. From helping develop new standard operating procedures to market research on how to better serve patients, it was an incredible growth experience,” said Mesay Abomsa, a third-year pharmacy student. 

“Alto gave me the opportunity to meet many new people and practice networking skills while also establishing a network of professional contacts, mentors and references. I also learned more about fertility and the medications used to treat it, knowing about fertility gave me an extra skill set because it is not typically taught in pharmacy school curriculums,” said Benedicta Agbodza, a third-year pharmacy student.


About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 14 schools and colleges. Students pursue more than 140 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholar, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit www.howard.edu.

About Alto Pharmacy

After discovering that half of all prescriptions aren’t even picked up—resulting in 125,000 avoidable deaths every year—we set out to build a new kind of pharmacy that focuses on the person behind every prescription.  We’re transforming a $500 billion industry by reinventing what a pharmacy can do—from hand-delivering medications for free to offering on-call help by text or chat. Our customers are at the center of everything we do, and it shows. After delivering more than one million prescriptions, we have an NPS score of 86 and over a thousand five-star reviews on Yelp.

Media Contacst: Sholnn Freeman, Howard University, sholnn.freeman@howard.edu; Michael Krueger, Alto Pharmacy, press@alto.com