Jacob Fredericks graduated from Gillespie High School in 2014, earning a $500 Carroll-Keupper Family Scholarship from The Partnership for Educational Excellence.
Jacob attends the St. Louis College of Pharmacy where he is a first year professional student. “I will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in May of 2018,” he says, “and then proceed into the Doctorate of Pharmacy program at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.”
In addition to his classroom studies, Jacob has worked at a CVS pharmacy for the past two and a half years. “I’ve recently entered their intern program after getting my white coat in August of 2017,” he says.
As to long-term goals, he is holding all his options open. “Pharmacy school leads to a broad profession,” he says. “I will have to weigh my options as they come.” He’s confident that those options will include many desirable paths: “My experience at St. Louis College of Pharmacy will set me up for success in the pharmacy profession, no matter which path I choose.”
When he’s not working or studying, Jacob enjoys fishing, golfing, and “anything else outdoors.”
Regarding the role his Partnership scholarship played, he reflects: “The Partnership scholarship is the epitome of what our small town is all about,” says Jacob. “The gracious donors did what I strive to accomplish one day. That is to give back to the community that I grew up in. With the price of college tuition, any amount helps.”
Jacob is the son of Rusty and Gina Fredericks of Gillespie.