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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

July 12, 2010

Northwest Foundation receives largest cash gift to date

Rolland Deardorff

Rolland "Roll" Deardorff

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University - in particular its students - will continue to reap the benefits of the generosity of a Stanton, Neb., couple who left their entire $2 million estate to the University. The gift establishes a scholarship fund for the benefit of Northwest students and is the largest cash gift ever received by the Northwest Foundation.

Rolland "Roll" Deardorff (pictured at right) 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 will be 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.

In addition to the scholarship fund, Northwest recently received a Baldwin M1 grand piano previously located in the Deardorff's parlor. The instrument is now housed in the University's Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building, where a dedication ceremony was conducted in the spring.

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.

Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said the record-setting gift amount is a testament to the dedication of so many individuals who have experienced Northwest - either as a student at Horace Mann, as an undergraduate or graduate student, as a Northwest employee or community member, or even as a guest to campus.

"The remarkable giving spirit of the Deardorffs and so many like them is what makes us all proud to be Bearcats," Jasinski said. "Education and music were two areas of great importance to the Deardorffs, and this couple's legacy will now continue thanks to their thoughtful gifts that will play a role in transforming the lives of generations of Bearcats."

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University - in particular its students - will continue to reap the benefits of the generosity of a Stanton, Neb., couple who left their entire $2 million estate to the University. The gift establishes a scholarship fund for the benefit of Northwest students and is the largest cash gift ever received by the Northwest Foundation.

Last week, Orrie Covert, executive director of the Northwest Foundation, announced that total private support to the University in Fiscal Year 2010 topped the $6 million mark, thanks in part to the Deardorff estate gift, making it the second best year in the Foundation's 39-year history. He said the best year was 2004, during the University's inaugural capital campaign when more than $14 million in gifts were recorded, which included a $10 million pledge for scholarships from an anonymous donor.

For more information about the Northwest Foundation or supporting Northwest, contact Orrie Covert at covert@nwmissouri.edu or 660.562.1114.

The Northwest Foundation, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation, is responsible for receiving, investing, stewarding and disbursing private support on behalf of the donors of Northwest Missouri State University for the benefit of the University, its students, faculty, staff and alumni. The Northwest Foundation, governed by a 29-member volunteer board of directors, is staffed by members of Northwest's Office of University Advancement.

 


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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