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Dietrich Jackson Memorial Fund


Year Founded


Charity Pankratz

Purpose of Fund

The primary purpose of the Fund shall be to provide financial support for educational and other charitable projects and organizations enhancing the quality of life of Putnam County African Americans. Grants from the Fund shall be suggested by the Fund Agent, and approved by the Foundation Board of Directors (hereinafter referred to as the "Board") provided that grants and contributions are consistent with the exempt purposes and status of the Foundation. To apply for a grant from this endowment, send letter describing the intended use of the grant monies during the calendar year to dietrichjacksonmemorialfund@gmail.com by March 1 of each year.

History of Fund
Dietrich Jerjuan Jackson was born in Greencastle on June 1, 1990 to Treva Jackson and Aaron Pankratz. He spent his first 6 years in Greencastle and attended Jones Elementary for kindergarten. When his father graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, Dietrich went to live with him until January of 2007. He then returned to Greencastle to live with his paternal grandmother, Charity Pankratz. He attended Greencastle High School until his death on December 15, 2007. He is mourned by his family and by his many friends in Atlanta and Greencastle.

Dietrich brought joy into the lives of all who knew him. Friends, relatives, and teachers describe him as: caring, funny, sweet, full of life, fun-loving, smart, a good and loyal friend, gifted, and polite. He was known as a person who could reach out to everyone and who stood up for kids who were picked on. In his short time in the Greencastle community, he made an impact on everyone who knew him. As an African American in a white community, he contributed to improving the awareness and acceptance of students who are racially or ethnically different from the majority. 

It is in his memory that his family established a fund which they hope will honor the kind of young man he was and might have been. Dietrich was college bound and some portion of the fund is intended to be used to make a contribution to members of the African American community who are going on to college.

Grants Awarded

2015 $500.00

2017 $350.00

Total $1,350.00

Dietrich Jerjuan Jackson
Dietrich Jerjuan Jackson
Dietrich Jerjuan Jackson
Dietrich Jerjuan Jackson

The artwork included on this webpage is that of
Dietrich Jerjuan Jackson

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