Charbel Aoun is the Founding Executive Director of the Georgia First Generation Foundation, a nonprofit organization championing first-generation student success within Gwinnett County. Since the founding of Georgia FirstGen, Charbel Aoun has pursued an ambitious vision for its success and is leading the charge into an unparalleled period of growth and achievement.
Georgia FirstGen developed a cohesive student-led team that has fueled its emergence as an up-and-coming nonprofit foundation. This structure has led Georgia FirstGen to set records since its founding in 2016, growing a network of more than 120 students receiving over $250,000 in scholarship funds and volunteering over 125,000 hours towards community projects and volunteering efforts. Since 2020, the organization has received the Platinum Seal of Transparency annually, the highest level of recognition bestowed by GuideStar, a service of Candid. Georgia FirstGen was also nominated by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce in the Nonprofit category for several awards and recognitions.
As a proud first-generation Pharmacy student from a Middle Eastern immigrant family, Charbel is personally and professionally driven to ensuring that all younger students achieve success in higher education. Trained as a psychologist, Charbel is a published scholar in digital literacy, data visualization, organizational development, and change management. Charbel served as a reviewer for the Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Excellence and served as an inaugural associate editor for the Journal of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity.
Throughout his career, Charbel received many scholarships and accolades recognizing his accomplishments in healthcare and education. In 2016, Charbel represented Georgia State University as a fellow of the University of Virginia School of Medicine's Summer Medical and Dental Education Program. As one of 80 out of an application pool of 800 applicants, he learned from renowned doctors about 21st-century medicine and gained clinical experience and exposure to these practices. Additionally, he has been an invited speaker at different collegiate, political, and national conferences. He has received the Award of Excellence from the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists and awards from the College Board as part of the College Board Youth Advisory Council. More recently, he was recognized by Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce’s Gwinnett Young Professionals as one of Gwinnett’s 35 Under 35 and by the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Atlanta as one of Atlanta’s 30 Under 30.
Charbel has served in civic and professional organizations, furthering his expertise in bridging the gap between healthcare and education. Professionally, he serves as the current Vice Chair of the Student Society Development Advisory Group within the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum. This advisory group is tasked with developing resources aimed at onboarding ASHP School chapter leaders, assisting SSHPs with annual planning, and promoting awareness and education surrounding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within SSHPs. Additionally, Charbel serves as a member of the PCOM President’s Advisory Council on Equity, Inclusion, and Justice. Charbel is an Advisory Board member of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce’s Gwinnett Young Professionals, as well as members of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and Junior Member of the Georgia Pharmacists Association Student Leadership Board. Charbel earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Georgia State University in 2018 as a Coca-Cola First Generation Scholar and was awarded over $55,000 in scholarship funds. He currently attends PCOM Georgia where he earned two Master of Science Degrees in Biomedical Sciences and Organizational Development & Leadership and is now a Doctor of Pharmacy degree candidate.
First-generation High School Graduate with Honors | May 2014 Mountain View High School
Bachelor's in Psychology & Public Policy | May 2018 Georgia State University
Masters in Biomedical Sciences | May 2020 PCOM Georgia
Masters in Organizational Development and Leadership | May 2021 Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate | Graduating Class of 2025 PCOM School of Pharmacy