Marjorie Fitzsimmons
2017 MVS Scholar
Sponsored by Tampa, FL No. 708
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine


"This taught me that I have the ability to show people that their talents and strengths do not have to be overshadowed by a disease. I know that I will use this skill one day to relate to my own patients on a personal level, and this unique perspective that I have on the emotional aspects of medical conditions will contribute to the diversity of my class and the field of medicine. Ensuring that patients’ emotions are recognized and addressed properly is something I am passionate about, and I know that I am going to have a positive impact on the medical community by encouraging my peers to strive for this as well."

After losing her husband, Gunther, to a staph infection in November 2009, the late Lee Weigel wanted to improve the quality of healthcare in our country. To realize that goal, she partnered with the Elks National Foundation to endow the Gunther and Lee Weigel Medical School Scholarship, which helps Elks scholars pursue careers in medicine. For more information, visit

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