Student impacts school, community

Bartou Wilson has known since he was little that he wanted to be a pharmacist. The second-year pharmacy student has always looked up to a cousin who was a pharmacy tech. In fact, a lot of people in Wilson’s hometown of Georgetown, South Carolina looked up to him.

“He was very influential to me,” Wilson said.

Wilson wants to have the same positive influence on the youth in his hometown that his cousin had on him. This drive is one thing that motivates Wilson to earn his Doctorate of Pharmacy.

And this drive is also what won him the Walgreen’s Diversity Scholarship, presented to a student who raises awareness about diversity-related matters impacting the pharmacy profession.

“As a pharmacist, I look forward to making an impact in my hometown and reaching out to the youth of the urban community,” Wilson said.

The Francis Marion University graduate has already made a big impact in the short time he’s been in the Clinton community. Last year he met with residents at a retirement center during Service Day, and he helped members with health concerns at a local church. He now mentors youth at that same church.

Wilson has made his presence felt on the pharmacy school campus in his second year. He was one of three pharmacy students to found the Student National Pharmacy Association, a student group that serves the community and strives to promote diversity in the pharmacy profession. The group has already been involved in several volunteer and civic efforts. Wilson helped organize a voter registration event, and he has an AIDS Awareness event  planned for later this school year.