Mary’s siblings have issued a match challenge gift of $4,400 seeking to raise the remaining $8,800 needed to meet our goal of growing Mary’s scholarship to $25,000. This means that your gift will be matched 1:1 doubling the impact of your gift!
Mary was an exceptional educator, colleague and friend. To recognize this the Mary E. Vielhaber Women in Management Scholarship Fund was created last year. Now, at the first anniversary of her passing, we are undertaking getting the initial fund to $25,000 to create an annual award of $1,000 to support a student each academic year.
Professor Mary Vielhaber began her career at EMU in the College of Business Department of Management in 1978 and received her Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from the University of Michigan a few years later. Mary was one of the first tenured female faculty members in the Management Department at EMU. Professor Vielhaber devoted much of her career to supporting the achievements of all students and executives she coached, many of whom are female. Her support and interest in assuring opportunities for women in management careers led to the naming and origination of this scholarship fund in Professor Vielhaber's memory.
“Dr. Vielhaber was one of the best teachers I had at Eastern Michigan University. She really showed me this semester how important it is to be a manager who cares about how to make a workplace better. She taught me how to always be self-aware of my personal areas of opportunity for growth, and to never stop learning how to be a better manager. This class was such a blessing in my life.” - Jamel Parks
One of many things that led to Professor Vielhaber’s success in working with students was the fact that she had an active consulting practice where (among other things) she coached a wide range of industry executives and demonstrated her special passion for helping female executives move through obstacles to successful careers. She was very effective in integrating her consulting experiences in the classroom to enrich her students’ learning.
Dr. Mary Vielhaber passed away due to a sudden illness in late December 2019, just a year or so before her retirement date. This scholarship honors her memory. From reading the above, it should be clear that Mary believed that focused support and the removal of obstacles to learning are important not just to institutions, but to individual students as well. We hope that this scholarship will play a role in removing the obstacles to success for women and men who demonstrate their own commitment to the achievements of particularly women in management.
Submitted by Professors Denise Tanguay and Richaurd Camp