Marquette, Mich. –
UP Campus of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine is proud to
announce the medical student recipients of the Mazzuchi Scholarship, Jackie
Luthardt and Ellen Wiitala.
Recipients of the Mazzuchi Scholarship are
determined by three criteria: interest in practicing in the Upper Peninsula
once done with residency training; interest in specializing in emergency
medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, hospitalist
medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics or psychiatry; or need for
The scholarship fund, which began providing
financial assistance to MSU College of Human Medicine students in 1983, was
renamed the Mazzuchi Scholarship in 2006 in honor of retired local physician
Dr. Dan Mazzuchi. Dr. Mazzuchi served as the Michigan State University College
of Human Medicine community assistant dean and chief executive officer of the
Upper Peninsula Health Education Corporation (now Michigan State University
College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Education Corporation). He also
helped launch the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program, served as chief
of staff at Marquette General Hospital and practiced nephrology and internal
medicine. Currently Dr. Mazzuchi is a volunteer at Lake Superior Life Care and
Hospice, and a board member of the Trillium House.
scholarship recipients were raised in the Upper Peninsula and sought to return
to the UP campus to complete their medical education.
Jackie Luthardt, of Kingsford, Michigan,
received a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from Saginaw Valley State
University before starting medical school. Completing her medical education at
the UP Campus in Marquette brings her closer to home.
“I am honored to
receive this award and I look forward to one day giving back to this incredible
community,” said Luthardt. “I chose MSU College of Human Medicine UP
Campus for the hands-on learning experience and to be closer to home. Having
grown up in the UP, you truly cannot beat the outdoor activities and quaint
Outside of medical school, Jackie enjoys exploring new areas, spending time with friends, and
Ellen Wiitala is a native of Marquette. Prior
to medical school she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of
Michigan, earning a Bachelor of Science in biomolecular science. Coming to the
Upper Peninsula to complete her medical school education was an opportunity to
train in a place she calls home.
“I loved growing up in Marquette,” said
Wiitala, “and I am so excited to return home for my last two years of medical
school! The Mazzuchi Scholarship is an incredible gift, and I am
overwhelmingly grateful to be a recipient. I wouldn’t be where I am today
without the support of the Marquette community, and I hope to use my education
to give back to a place that means so much to me.”
When time permits, Ellen enjoys Nordic and
alpine skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing and baking.
About Michigan State University College
of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Campus The MSU College of
Human Medicine UP Campus works in conjunction with the UP Health
System-Marquette to coordinate the training of family medicine residents and
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine medical students. Since its
inception in 1974, 298 medical students and 204 resident physicians have
graduated from the two programs. Currently, approximately 30 percent of the MSU
College of Human Medicine UP Campus physicians are practicing in the Upper
Peninsula in every primary care and additional specialties of medicine.