R G & Maxine Deardorff Scholarship
Rolland "Roll" Deardorff and Maxine Deardorff, who died in 2005 and 2009, respectively, made a provision in their trust to establish the R.G. and Maxine Deardorff Scholarship at Northwest. The scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time Northwest student with a 3.0 grade point average or higher with academic achievement and financial need as the leading criteria.
Rolland Deardorff was raised by his grandmother in Maryville and graduated from Horace Mann High School on the Northwest campus in 1933. He worked in sales in Des Moines, Iowa, after attending Drake University. At the beginning of World War II, he moved to Burlington, Iowa, where he was general superintendent of labor of the Iowa Ordinance Plant and remained there until the end of the war. Maxine Deardorff graduated from Lindenwood College and received a master's in music from Northwestern University. She had a 10-year teaching career in Iowa. The Deardorffs married in 1945 in Topeka, Kan., lived in Pickering for one year and then moved to a farm they owned just west of Stanton, Neb. They sold the farm and moved into Stanton in 1951. During this time, the couple purchased the Stanton Telephone Company, which they operated for 35 years before selling it in 1980.
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