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Dr. Tesfaye Biftu Scholarship


The Ethiopian Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists Association in Diaspora (EPPAD) proudly presents the Dr. Tesfaye Biftu Scholarship, established to honor Dr. Tesfaye Biftu's exceptional contributions to pharmaceutical research and development. EPPAD, a registered 501(c) non-profit professional association based in the State of Virginia, USA, is dedicated to uniting pharmaceutical and allied professionals worldwide to advance pharmacy education, practice, service, and scholarship. Our mission extends to fostering collaboration between pharmacy professionals abroad and those in Ethiopia, promoting knowledge exchange, resource mobilization, advocacy for policy reforms, and the advancement of quality and safe medicines.

Dr. Tesfaye Biftu, a distinguished recipient of the 2021 EPPAD Research and Development Excellence Award and esteemed member of the EPPAD advisory board, serves as the inspiration behind this scholarship program. With a background encompassing a PhD in Chemistry from Brandeis University and an MBA in Management from Rutgers University, Dr. Biftu's illustrious career spans pivotal roles at esteemed institutions such as Merck and Co. and CytoMed Inc. His contributions to drug discovery in human and animal health, with over 80 publications and more than 95 US and international patents to his name, have significantly impacted areas including inflammation, cardiovascular diseases, anti-cancer agents, and infectious diseases.

The Dr. Tesfaye Biftu Scholarship embodies EPPAD's commitment to nurturing the future of the pharmaceutical profession by fostering excellence in pharmacy practice and providing assistance to aspiring student pharmaceutical professionals to enhance their leadership skills.

This scholarship program will provide financial support to two deserving student pharmacists/pharmaceutical science students with a stipend of $1,000 each.


    Eligibility criteria

  • Ethiopian descent pharmacy or pharmaceutical science students attending school of pharmacy in the US at the time of application submission.
  • Students in a good academic standing (Cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on 4.0 scale)
  •  Completion of at least one academic year cycle is required.
  • While being an EPPAD member is advantageous, it is not mandatory.
  • Applicants should demonstrate a willingness to support EPPAD activities.

    Application requirements

  • An academic transcript (an unofficial transcript is acceptable)
  • Letters of recommendations (two)-one must be from faculty members.
  • Updated resume.


To Apply Please submit your application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The deadline for Student scholarships application is May 1, 2024, 11:59pm EST

Join us in supporting the next generation of pharmaceutical professionals. Apply now for the Dr. Tesfaye Biftu Scholarship.

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