Cynthia Muñoz

Cynthia Muñoz

Inspired to Serve Others

Cynthia Muñoz, Second-Year Pharmacy Student
College of Pharmacy

“Cynthia is a worthy recipient of an educational experience presented by NSU’s knowledgeable and dedicated College of Pharmacy faculty. She is sure to become a pharmacist well prepared to care compassionately and efficiently in a demanding health care delivery environment.”
—Fred Lippman, Ed.D.
Chancellor, Health Professions Division

Cynthia Muñoz of Ponce, Puerto Rico, became excited about a pharmacy career while serving as a pharmacy technician for a nonprofit group in North Carolina, where her father lived. There, she dispensed free medications for people on Medicaid and without health insurance. It was there that she formulated her plan for the future.

In Puerto Rico, Muñoz earned a bachelor’s degree in science with a major in chemistry, accumulating student loan debt along the way. As she is responsible for the care of her husband, a paraplegic who cannot work, and her seven-year-old son with special needs, financial worries have been constant.

Then, Muñoz entered NSU’s College of Pharmacy, attending NSU’s Ponce site for her first year and earning a Dean’s List spot. After winning a local American Pharmacists Association patient counseling competition, she represented NSU at the national finals in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is continuing her studies toward completion of a Doctor of Pharmacy degree on the main campus. Muñoz would like to practice in Florida, believing that the Sunshine State offers great professional opportunity, a familiar climate, and excellent therapy choices for her husband and son.

Muñoz felt a great sense of relief this past spring when she received a Cardinal Health Scholarship, followed by the “blessing” of a renewable NSU Chancellor’s Scholarship that pays half of her tuition. She says: “Scholarship support from NSU gave me a sense of stability, tranquility, and hope.”