Unless you're a vet, the scholarship is pretty much impossible to get, I guess. Twenty-five slots/year is pretty low, and almost anyone can get into pharmacy school these days.
How hard is it to get a pharmacy job with the government? What kind of stuff do they look for in an applicant? It seems those are pretty much the only pharmacy jobs worth getting, from what I've understood.
I have an acceptance at a state pharmacy school with acceptance deferred for one year, but at this point I highly doubt I will go through with it. Tuition is on the "cheaper side" (~100k for entire 4 years), but there's still the job market to contend with.
It shocked me how easy the process was. I have a really high GPA and everything, but basically I applied, got interview a couple of weeks later and acceptance offer the next day. I knew that the job market has tightened in recent years, but it was a real eye-opener once I went through the process. A college acquaintance of mine is a pharmacy manager (2019 graduate) and basically told me "Don't worry, there are still jobs in retail if you move, and if you do a PGY1 or PGY2, you will easily find a job in a hospital/clinical setting! All of my classmates in pharmacy were idiots and wanted to just work at Walmart and not move to find a job!"
After looking through various pharmacy forums and keeping tabs on the job market threads and job postings on sites like Indeed, I am beginning to think this guy flat-out lied to me. It also speaks volumes about a profession when its members are so quick to throw each other under the bus and have a low opinion of their own colleagues.
Right now I'm just going to study the MCAT and GRE and will apply to medical school and PA programs.