Moraine Valley Community College student, Shadrach Codjoe Allotey, of Calumet Park, was one of 30 students awarded a scholarship from Walgreens and the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society to cover the cost of the Pharmacy Technician Certification exam fee.

This scholarship recognizes PTK members who are enrolled in allied health or pharmacy technician programs and intend to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification exam. Winners are selected twice a year, in the spring and fall, and up to 65 awards are given.

A pharmacy major, Allotey wasn’t sure what he was going to study. He only knew that he enjoyed math and science. With his long educational journey ahead, he is grateful for this award. He joined PTK in the fall and is currently taking pharmacy technician courses.

“This scholarship was a surprise to me. I really appreciate it because I don’t want to bother my father with expenses. This is a big thing,” Allotey said.

“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with Walgreens to offer career opportunities and scholarships to our members,” said Dr. Monica Marlowe, executive director of the PTK Foundation. “Certification exam costs often create a financial barrier for students that hinders their ability to enter the workforce. We are grateful to Walgreens for addressing these challenges and providing a pathway to great career opportunities.”