Its great that you want to volunteer while in HS! It does not matter for what you volunteer, do it as much as possible, and when you do make sure you receive a certificate, or record the experience yourself (what, when, (including # hrs), who (name/contact info of someone who can verify your participation), where, and, most importantly, WHY. Your reason for volunteering is not because you need to impress a college recruiter. You enjoy helping people....just like a pharmacist helps people!
I'm not sure what the qualifications are to be a pharmacist, but would expect them to be fairly generic, and require some State level license. Typically, when there is a state license involved, the schools in the state provide a program targeted specifically for that states license. Since you are in NC, I am confident your least expensive college option will be in NC. You should target an accredited school in your state (there are three in NC), then you should investigate internship options (see first step below). Complete your Freshman year (and if possible the entire program) while living at home. Save money!
Scott recommends the following next steps:
- College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Buies Creek, North Carolina Campbell University
- Eshelman School of Pharmacy - Chapel Hill, North Carolina UNC
- School of Pharmacy - Wingate, North Carolina Wingate University