Wayne State Students Receive Rutan Scholarships 2010

Left:  Rick Rutan, Judy Rutan, Ashley Smith, Ashley Wise, Dean Lloyd Young, Emily Prout, Megan Morsi

Megan Morsi

Megan Morsi is a currently a Year II student in the Wayne State University Physician Assistant Studies program, and serves as president of the Class of 2011. She completed her Bachelor's of Science in Biology and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan in 2007. She has since been involved in volunteering with the American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces, Mott Children's Hospital and the new WSU H.E.L.P. Clinic in southwest Detroit. This year, along with the Lara Rutan Scholarship she was awarded the American Academy of Physician Assistants Foundation Scholarship. Beginning June 2010, she will be working with the Paul Ambrose Scholars Program to help promote pregnancy prevention and safe sex to adolescent girls in Detroit. In the future she is interested in working in Women's Health.

Emilie Prout

Emilie Prout is a 2007 graduate of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where she received a B.S. in biology, with minors in biochemistry and English.  Prior to attending the Physician Assistant Studies program at Wayne State University, she worked as a nursing assistant at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital.   She enjoys getting involved in the community and has served as a youth group leader for STAGE Youth Ministry in Berkley, MI. Additionally, she has worked at health fairs and volunteered at the Detroit Marathon since starting PA school.  She’s looking forward to serving the community as a primary care PA after graduating from WSU in
May, 2011.

Ashley Smith

Ashley Smith is a 26 year old PA student originally from San Diego California.  She grew up in Grosse Pointe Farms Michigan and wanted to be in the medical field for as long as she can remember.  Her aspiration of becoming a PA was fueled by a passion to help others.  She has volunteered in hospitals, gone on mission trips, worked in homeless shelters and worked with special needs children.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Wayne State University in 2007.  She spent her first two years of school at Grand Valley State University and then came home to be with her family to finish college.  She was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority at Grand Valley State where she also worked in the office of admissions giving tours of the school to potential students and families.  Her health care experience began in high school when she started working at a dermatology office. She continued go gain health care experience in at an urban hospital in the emergency room, a nursing home and volunteering at Children’s Hospital of Michigan.  She has known since she started college that she wanted to become a physician assistant.  She hopes to someday to work in pediatrics, as she loves working with children.  She is honored to be a recipient of the Lara Rutan Scholarship and a member of the Wayne State University Physician Assistant Class of 2011. 

Ashley Wise

Ashley Wise is currently a Year II student in the Wayne State University Physician Assistant Studies Program, serving as co-vice president for the class of 2011. She graduated from Central Michigan University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences and Biochemistry. While at Central Michigan University, she was involved in many groups, including the American Red Cross, Special Olympics, and the CMU Leadership Institute where she served as a Leadership Facilitator for multiple conferences and activities. As part of her involvement with the Leadership Institute, she spent two years researching and developing a module for leadership facilitation in special needs children. Before PA school she worked as a nursing assistant in long term care. She is originally from the Battle Creek, MI where she frequently goes to visit friends and family. After PA school she would like to return to southwestern Michigan and pursue a career in Pediatric Cardiology or Pediatric Emergency Medicine.



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