He credits his experience on the Pharmacy Alumni Council for enlightening him about the financial burdens facing some students. “It gave me a whole new outlook on giving back,” said Andre. “It drove me to think about what I can do to help. UGA is a great school and the pharmacy program in particular is really strong; I wanted to do my part to help.”
Andre elected to help remove financial barriers for some students by establishing the Andre Mackey Scholarship Fund. The fund provides a scholarship for a pharmacy student who is also involved in extracurricular activities.
Learning to balance work and school was a defining experience for Andre, making it an important qualification for his scholarship. “Every time I received even a little help through a scholarship, I appreciated it. Every little penny helped,” he explained.
Andre not only created an endowed scholarship to help current UGA students, he’s also committed to helping future students. By making a bequest in his will through UGA’s Office of Gift & Estate Planning, Andre will leave a legacy at UGA. That legacy will help students like him pursue their career dreams, thus helping establish the next generation of pharmacists.