The Mary Nutter Scholarship is an educational grant awarded to an NFCA member coach who seeks and desires educational opportunity, but who requires financial assistance to cover the NFCA Annual Convention costs.
After a successful eight-year career as head coach at Pittsburg State (Kan.), where she posted an overall record of 204-125, Nutter became the executive director of National Sports Clinics. Her clinics were among the top softball clinics in the country and featured some of the nation's most notable clinicians.
Nutter was an outstanding player for the Lansing Laurels, as ASA Women's Major fastpitch team, and she spent one year (1976) as a player/coach for the Michigan Travelers of the Women's Professional Softball League. Nutter was twice named Women's Major first team All-American (1974 and 1975).
She began teaching in 1970 in Elsie, Michigan. She taught there until 1977 when she began her collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Michigan State. She spent three seasons there before moving to Pittsburg State.
In 1981, she claimed her first of three NAIA District 10 championships and District 10 Coach of the Year awards. She was named District 10 Coach of the Year in 1981, 1982 and 1985. Her 1981 Pittsburg team finished fourth at the NAIA national championship. She also served as an assistant coach for the 1983 Pan American Tri-Nationals team and as a member of the 1984 U.S. Pan American selection committee. She was honored in 1988 as an inductee of the NAIA Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame in 1997.
Nutter passed away suddenly on July 24, 2012, while vacationing in Colorado.