Pointers make fund donation to Wayne State Grosse Pointe News; April 3, 2008


Pictured above, from left, Stephanie Gilkey, director of the physician assistant studies program at the
Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Wayne State University.
Beverly J. Schmoll, dean of the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Schiences.
Rachel Rutan daughter-in-law of Judy and Rick Rutan.
Judy and Rick Rutan.
Nancy Paccitto, vice president of Women of Wayne Alumni Association

Grosse Pointe residents Judy and Rick Rutan, along with friends and family, donated more than $73,000 to the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health

Sciences at Wayne State University.
The funds were donated in memory of their daughter, Lara M. Rutan, to start a scholarship fund.

"Lara was an outstanding student and role model for her peers and those in her profession," said Dean Beverly J. Schmoll in accepting the donation. "Through this scholarship fund, she will continue to lead, encourage and assist numerous physician assistant studies students in attaining their educational goals."

President of her class, Rutan earned a Master of Science degree in the physical assistant studies program in May 2005.

Two days after taking the state boards and one month following her engagement to be married, her life was taken by a drunk driver in September 2005.

The Lara M. Rutan, MS, PAC-C Endowed Scholarship Fund is the only endowed scholarship for the physician assistant studies program at the college.

The fund has two components. The first is an endowed scholarship fund to recognize scholastic achievement and provide financial assistance to students in the college's physician assistant studies program.

The second component is an "emergency loan fund" to help PAS students with unplanned or unforeseen emergency expenses, such as overdue rent, auto repairs, day care expenses, and more.



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