Melanie Smith, third year student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy, was named winner of the 2014 Charles M. West Leadership Award by the Arkansas Pharmacists Association at a luncheon on Thursday, June 12, during its 132nd Annual Convention held at The Chancellor Hotel from June 12-14.

"In just three years at UAMS College of Pharmacy, Melanie has dedicated much time and expertise to leadership and volunteer roles that promote the profession of pharmacy," said APA Executive Vice President and CEO Mark Riley. "She has helped with health screenings, served on editorial advisory boards, attended advocacy events and spearheaded food drives."

The Charles M. West Leadership Award honors a student who has demonstrated exemplary leadership abilities and contributed to the profession of pharmacy.

Smith has served as American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists vice president of Patient Care Projects, Phi Lambda Sigma vice president, and Phi Delta Chi Worthy correspondent from 2013 to 2014.

She has worked at Baker Drug in North Little Rock from February 2013 to present and at Washington Regional Medical Center from September 2009 to August 2012.

She also has held several class offices and has many volunteer activities to her credit.

Smith is a 2006 Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with a bachelor of science in nuclear medicine technology and a 2001 Honor Graduate of Clinton High School in Clinton. She is a native of Clinton, Arkansas, and is the daughter of Kelvin and Barbara Smith.