Helen Walton built her career at what is now called the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. She started in 1941 as a junior secretary and worked her way up to the faculty’s most senior non-academic position. Ms. Walton met thousands of students during her tenure and heard first-hand about their triumphs and their struggles. She heard stories about working the night-shift or running out of money or raising young children and then getting up for class in the morning. Ms. Walton wanted to make it easier for these hard-working students to succeed.
When she retired, she established the Helen M. Walton Bursary to support pharmacy students in financial need. It’s her way of helping brilliant students become distinguished scientists in search of cures. It also gives Ms. Walton a lasting connection to the faculty where she spent more than 44 years.