Alumni & Giving

Your support is an investment in new generations of leaders, research that improves human health locally and globally, and innovations in practice, education and policy. 

Our alumni and generous donors share their time, expertise and financial resources. The majority of our 400 preceptors are alumni, modeling best practices in clinical pharmacy and mentoring current students. Graduates of our pioneering regulatory science, health economics and other unique programs are shepherding life-improving advances and shaping policy decisions that improve access to care while reducing costs. And our pharmaceutical sciences alumni are discovering cures and novel treatments for a host of conditions.

Donors fund scholarships that ensure an exceptional education remains within reach of talented students in need. They also fund endowed chairs and research and programmatic initiatives that propel the entire field forward.  

Lifelong, Worldwide

Alumni, students and faculty are part of the renowned Trojan Family—a strong, connected community known for professional achievement, community outreach, and innovative curricular and care models. Our motto “lifelong, worldwide” reflects alumni dedication to supporting new generations of USC students and graduates on every continent.

By the Numbers

Community Cookbook

The School has created the Community Cookbook, featuring 60 treasured recipes—from appetizers, soups and salads to main courses, side dishes, desserts and cocktails—that reflect the diversity of the school community. Longtime faculty member Jean Chen Shih shares a soy sauce chicken-legs recipe, admissions recruiter Allison Frierson Bryant writes about a family-favorite lobster macaroni-and-cheese dish, and alumna Danielle Colayco, PharmD ’08, MS ’10, shares her grandmother’s recipe for pancit bihon, a Filipino classic. Find these recipes and more in the Community Cookbook. Anyone who makes a gift of at least $50 to the Pharmacy Scholarship Fund will be mailed a copy. For more information about the Cookbook and to request a copy, contact Cheryl Stanovich at

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Makhani Legacy Tree

Year in and year out, alumni and friends give their time and resources to advance the school’s mission as well as mentor, train and support up-and-coming leaders in the field. It is fitting that they now have the opportunity to commemorate their commitment by naming a leaf on the school’s new legacy tree. Located prominently on a wall in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Center, the legacy tree will serve as an enduring reminder of the alumni and donors who foster the School’s continued growth.


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What inspired your career choices after USC?

“I became interested in finding innovative ways to improve health outcomes for patients because I spent nearly a decade leading advocacy efforts in California to change pharmacy laws to improve patient access to care. I became interested in improving access to patient care, because I was looking for ways for pharmacists to create next-gen business models. The possibilities truly are endless.”

Komal Patel

PharmD ’04

Clinical Pharmacist, Product Development, Catalia Health
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What does the Trojan Family mean to you?

“The Trojan Family is like an instant network of friends all over the world that you have something in common with. It’s intangible but real.”

Lisa Gunther Lum

PharmD ’86

Immediate Past President of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists
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How has USC added value to your life and career?

“USC is definitely true to its reputation of providing broad networking opportunities. I can name so many faculty members that have served as role models and mentors in my professional career.”

Ken Thai

PharmD ’02

CEO, 986 Degrees Corporation