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Streator group helps Ladd pharmacy student

Olivia Brandner
Olivia Brandner

Streator's Chapter IC of the P.E.O. Sisterhood announced  Olivia Brandner, of Ladd, has been awarded a $20,000 Educational Loan Fund.  

The ELF is a revolving loan fund established by P.E.O. in 1907 to lend money to qualified women students to assist them in securing a higher education. Brandner is pursuing her doctor of pharmacy degree from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
While attending Hall High School in Spring Valley, Illinois, Brandner was a member of the National Honor Society, Medical Health Careers Club, Drama Club and the choir. She studied piano and was active in her church and community theater. She was also a member of the Peru YMCA swim team for 10 years. 
The summer before her junior year, she spent three weeks in Australia as a part of the People to People Program where she learned about the country's history and culture. 
During high school, Brandner knew she was interested in pursuing a career within the medical field. She had the opportunity to job shadow with a family member who worked as a pharmacist at Methodist Hospital in Peoria. This experience was the beginning of her dream of becoming a clinical pharmacist, possibly specializing in pediatric pharmacy.
During the past two years, Brandner has experienced two pharmacy internships and completed three pharmacy rotations. She is President of SIUE Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group, chairwoman of the Faculty Mentor Committee and is serving as the Senator of the Student Representative Council. She retains various pharmacy licenses and certificates and belongs to six professional groups.
In October, she will begin eight different five-week rotations, which are mini internships where she will receive training in a variety of pharmacy settings, to gain valuable experiences to further her career. Her first rotation will be in India. She is hoping to be accepted to other locations such as Alaska, to have an opportunity to assist her with choosing a location for her future career.
Organized in 1868, the P.E.O. Sisterhood is a philanthropic educational organization that supports furthering education for women in the U.S. and abroad.
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