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Nephron Pharmaceuticals supports Lexington District One pharmacology students


Lexington One Educational Foundation executive director Julie Anderson Washburn, CEO and owner of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Lou Kennedy, and Lexington One Educational Foundation board of directors chair Chris Rice.

Lexington One Educational Foundation executive director Julie Anderson Washburn, CEO and owner of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Lou Kennedy, and Lexington One Educational Foundation board of directors chair Chris Rice.

The Lexington One Educational Foundation applauds the continued generosity from Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation and CEO Lou Kennedy. Kennedy, a leader in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as a Lexington District One alumna, recently donated $5,400 to the Educational Foundation to support the Lexington District One students enrolled in the pharmacology course this school year.

A $300 course fee is a requirement of each student who enrolls in the pharmacology course, which is usually a significant expense for the high school seniors who wish to take the class. As a result of Nephron Pharmaceutical’s continued generosity, the cost of the class is no longer a prohibiting factor when students are making course decisions going into their senior year.

The pharmacology course is reserved for seniors, and it can be an amazing chance for Lexington

District One students to learn about the pharmacy field as a potential career choice in the future. The coursework also prepares the students to become pharmacy technicians upon successful completion of the course and a passing grade on the pharmacy technician certification exam, which is offered in June of each year.

The district is currently teaching pharmacology to seniors at the Lexington Technology Center and Pelion High School during this second semester of the 2021-22 school year. Nephron’s gift covered the $300 course fee for all students enrolled in Lexington District One’s pharmacology class.

“ We could not be more excited to partner once again with Lexington One,” said Kennedy. “These students deserve to be equipped with the very best educational resources available because they represent South Carolina’s— and our company’s— future workforce.”

This is the fifth year that Nephron Pharmaceuticals has supported this program in an effort to open the class to all students in Lexington District One, regardless of the cost. In recent years, the company has also donated a Laminar Flow Hood, Refiller equipment, syringes, vials, and protective suits for the students to use while learning about the pharmacy industry. Nephron staff have also visited the class in past years, offered facility tours to the students, and shared their knowledge of the industry with the Lexington District One pharmacology students.

Foundation executive director Julie Anderson Washburn stated on behalf of the foundation, “We continue to be thankful for Lou Kennedy’s philanthropic leadership and for kind corporate partners like Nephron Pharmaceuticals. Such investments in our Lexington District One students are vital to enabling students of all backgrounds to enroll in important, career-focused classes like the pharmacology course.”

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