2016 Mary Munson Runge Scholarship Recipient

Salematou Traore

University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy


Salematou Traore (who everyone calls Saley), is a final year student pharmacist at the University Of MD Eastern Shore School Of Pharmacy. She was born in Guinea, a small tropical country in West Africa. Saley is the oldest of six siblings and aunt to an amazing two year old little girl named Sayon. She is fluent in four languages: French, English, and two native dialects.

Professionally, Saley worked as a pharmacy technician for 6 years at Medstar Washington Hospital Center prior to pharmacy school. As a student pharmacist, she decided to get involved in elevating the image of the profession of pharmacy through community service and education. This desire lead Saley to become a member and hold several leadership positions within campus organizations. Saley has served as APhA-ASP chapter president, APhA-ASP Region 2 Delegate, SNPhA CKD Committee Chair, Phi Lambda Sigma secretary, and Community Service Committee Chair for Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. Currently,she serves as the Maryland Pharmacists Association New Practitioner Network Liaison and student ambassador for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Outside of pharmacy, Saley also enjoys promoting and educating minorities about the importance of registering as an organ donor. She is currently interviewing for residency positions with hopes of completing a general PGY1 in pharmacy practice and a PGY2 in critical care. Her desire is to practice in a medically underserved and underrepresented area as a clinical pharmacist and to continue to be a patient advocate.

In her spare time, Saley enjoys going to the movies on opening day, and cooking.