The Mary Dietz '87, Scholarship for Nontraditional Students
The Mary Dietz '87, Scholarship for Nontraditional Students was established at The
University of Akron by her daughter, Mrs. Carol Burgener, in July 2018. The scholarship honors Mrs. Dietz's memory, and her dedication to pursuing and completing her bachelor's and master's degrees as a nontraditional student.
Mary Dietz began pursuing her undergraduate degree in 1959. As her family grew, Mrs. Dietz attended college as circumstances permitted. Having moved to Akron in 1976, she enrolled at The University of Akron and eventually completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in social work in 1987 at 58 years of age.
Mrs. Dietz then pursued and completed her master's degree, at the age of 63, at Ashland
Theological Seminary. Mrs. Burgener says her mother's true-life calling was helping and taking care of others. Mrs. Dietz carried out this life-mission by working with EMERGE Ministries, in the chaplain's office at Akron General Hospital, and as a member her church's care team.
In her honor, The Mary Dietz '87, Scholarship for Nontraditional Students will support nontraditional undergraduate students, and will provide support to reduce financial challenges while they work to successfully complete their degree.
Candidates eligible for consideration for The Mary Dietz '87, Scholarship for Nontraditional Students will be nontraditional age students, age 30 or older, whether as an incoming freshman, transfer or continuing student. Applicants may be enrolled full or part-time in any discipline at The University of Akron. Recipient selection will be made by the University Scholarship Committee.