Serving our country is a goal for College of Pharmacy student Stella Lee, which is why Touro University California was a perfect fit for her to be commissioned into the U.S. Air Force. 

Aligned with the University’s mission to serve, the first-year student couldn’t think of a better place to hold this special event. Held inside the office of Dr. Katherine Knapp, College of Pharmacy Dean, along with Touro University California Provost Dr. Marilyn Hopkins and several onlookers, Stella stood by and listened as her husband, USAF Major Andy Lee, swore her into the military. 

“I feel very honored to have done this on campus,” Stella says about her decision. “Touro feels like home and it’s where I go to school.” 

Stella asked her husband, a C-17 pilot at Travis Air Force Base, to make a special trip from oversees to do the honors of swearing her into the military. And with her right hand held up high, Stella took the oath. 

“People usually have an elaborate event but I thought it would be special to be commissioned in Dr. Knapp’s office by my husband. I was lucky my husband was there for me,” she says. 

The honors of being commissioned into the Air Force came about when Stella applied for and garnered the Health Professions Scholarship, a program for healthcare professionals in the areas of Pharmacy, Optometry, Clinical Psychologists and Public Health Officers. It covers all tuition and required fees, including textbooks, small equipment items and supplies needed for study. 

As a condition of being a recipient, Stella will need to serve active duty for three years upon graduation, a commitment she is proud to make. 

“Having spent time volunteering in David Grant USAF Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base, I see there are people on active duty who are willing to make sacrifices; it makes me proud to serve them,” she says. “I will be able to work as a pharmacist and that makes me feel like I’m helping my husband and my country at the same time.” 

Stella is a Texas A&M University graduate with a major in Bio Medical Engineering. When she graduates from Touro in 2015, she will have her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree and will enter the USAF as a Captain.

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