APhA Foundation Scholarship

clayton melson



Clayton Melson is a final-year student pharmacist at Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy.  Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he grew up in Columbia, South Carolina and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Clemson University.  During his time as a student pharmacist, Clayton has been actively involved in the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) in many ways.  On a local level, Clayton served as Chapter President.  Regionally, he served as Region 3 Member-at-large.  And on broader scale, he has been actively involved in assisting with Student Pharmacist Magazine and served as an APhA-ASP representative in the APhA House of Delegates in 2019.  

Clayton has also been actively involved with other professional organizations, including serving as the Junior Board Chair for the South Carolina Pharmacist Association (SCPhA), the SCPhA Legislative Committee, the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Phi Lambda Sigma, and Interim Service Chair for his National Community Pharmacists Association chapter.  He was named the 2019 Student Pharmacist of the Year by the South Carolina Pharmacists Association for his commitment and dedication to his community and the profession of pharmacy.  Clayton maintains a strong passion for healthcare access expansion and believes that pharmacists are perfectly situated to provide these types of services. 

Outside of pharmacy, Clayton can be found playing the piano for various formal events, creating things in his workshop, building computers, at the gym, or catching up on the latest tech news.  Upon graduation, Clayton hopes to combine his passion for people and leadership in pursuit of a combined PGY1/PGY2 health-system pharmacy administration residency program.  Clayton firmly believes that no leader is successful without the continued encouragement of a strong supporting cast. He would like to express his sincere gratitude for his family, friends, mentors, and professors for their continuous support and encouragement throughout his pharmacy journey.