The Margaret J. Dietz Scholarship was established by Inis Jane Bardella, M.D. and her spouse, Robert R. McConnell, to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Bardella’s grandmother, Mrs. Margaret J. Dietz, who inspired and guided her to faith in Jesus Christ and a commitment to missions. In addition, Dr. Bardella and Mr. McConnell desire that the scholarship (1) honor their lives of Christian service, (2) provide a legacy to support missions and medical education, and (3) provide financial assistance to support the Christian and professional leadership development of physicians and dentists in low and low-middle income countries and regions of the world.
Permissible expenditures for scholarship funds include:
- Tuition and fees to support studies that lead to a masters or doctorate degree necessary for advancement to a position of academic leadership; (not currently funded)
- Faculty and leadership development fellowships or programs that facilitate pursuit of an academic leadership role;
- Christian leadership development fellowships or programs that facilitate development into a theologically sound servant leader;
- Associated expenses such as fees, education materials and living expenses necessary to pursue any of the above studies or programs.