What Others Are Saying...

“How important it is that a man or woman of influence would remain humble… such humility, we saw in your group…the humility of these brothers and sisters, is more beautiful than the splendor of dawn, the majesty in nature, the marvels of architecture, and each missionary learned from Jesus how to be His hand and His servant heart. Motto of the Baptist Medical Fellowship.”

“Most of the audience were young professionals. One thing … (which) really amazed them is when they heard how the American doctor builds up their relationship with patients. They were so touched by the doctor's honesty, kindness, sincerity and the patient-center(ed) orientation. I really love these topics such as medical ethics and professional moral principles. “...(it)really touches people's heart.”

“My most memorable encounter was meeting a young Christian man that was encouraged by our presence ... His walk with the Lord has been strengthened by our Christian love and encouragement.”

4th-Year Med Student

Stip Medical School

“I finally feel like a real medical student…someone is teaching me who truly cares”

5th-Year Med Student

Stip Medical School

“We’ve never met doctors like you. Will you stay longer and teach us more?”

Director of Medical Health

Homes, Skopje

“You’ve come back. There may be a glimmer of hope. Actually, that’s only the second time I can remember using that word.”

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:


  1. 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)


  1. Faculty and leadership development fellowships or programs that facilitate pursuit of an academic leadership role;


  1. Christian leadership development fellowships or programs that facilitate development into a theologically sound servant leader;


  1. Associated expenses such as fees, education materials and living expenses necessary to pursue any of the above studies or programs.