Rachel M. Gregory, a fourth-year student at the Marshall University School of Pharmacy, has been selected to receive a competitive health care award from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

Gregory, a native of Summersville, W.Va., who did undergraduate work at West Virginia University, was chosen for HEPC’s Health Sciences Service Program Award, which is a recruitment incentive program aimed at assisting health professions students interested in practicing in underserved communities in the Mountain State.

Gregory said she was pleased to receive the award and looks forward to staying in West Virginia to practice pharmacy.

“After graduation, I intend to stay close to the community where I was raised in order to provide quality services to the people of West Virginia,” she said.

Dean Kevin Yingling, R.Ph., M.D., congratulated Gregory on her selection.

“We couldn’t be more pleased that Ms. Gregory was chosen for this competitive award,” Yingling said. “Her commitment to the state of West Virginia and our residents’ well-being is to be applauded.  We’d also like to thank the HEPC for extending the award to include pharmacists.”

The HEPC added pharmacy to its list of health care providers eligible for the program in 2014.

According to the HEPC’s website, medical, dental, nurse educators, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physical therapists, physician assistants, clinical psychologists and clinical social workers may apply.