Marie and her husband Orlando made their home and raised their children in the Midwest. They were members of the Hillsboro (KS) Mennonite Brethren Church. To honor Marie's faith and Midwestern roots, this scholarship was created to assist others from the same region and denomination to train for the ministry of the gospel, for the glory of God.
- Students from the US Midwest;
- Students from a Mennonite Brethren church or missionary background;
- Students who demonstrate character in line with seminary values.