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Betty L. and Marjorie Dierdorf Memorial Scholarship Fund

Year Founded


David Archer Family

The David Archer Family

Purpose of Fund
The primary purpose of the Fund shall be to provide educational financial support through a scholarship program as recommended by a committee designated by the Founding Contributor. Scholarship nominees will be recommended by the committee and approved by the Board of Directors of the Putnam County Community Foundation. It is understood that scholarship recipients cannot be members or family members of advisory committees or Foundation staff and board members.

History of Fund
The Betty L. and Marjorie Dierdorf Memorial Scholarship Fund was created in memory of two sisters who devoted their lives to serving others. They were the daughters of Herman and Bernice Stoner Dierdorf. Their only brother, Oren, was killed in France while serving in the Army Air Force during World War II.

Betty Lee Dierdorf was born in Clay County on March 7, 1927, and was residing in Greencastle at the time of her death on March 24, 2001. She was a graduate of Clay City High School and Indiana State University. Betty was a home economics teacher for 42 years. Her teaching experience included thirty-one years at Cloverdale Jr./Sr. High School with the remainder of the years spent teaching at Clay County and Linton-Stockton Schools.

Leona Marjorie Dierdorf was born in Clay City on February 29, 1920, and died in Greencastle on February 13, 1984. Marjorie, or Marg as she was called by most, was a graduate of Brazil High School and Indiana State University. She was a home economist in Knox, Martin, and Morgan counties from 1949 to 1980. Vincennes was her home for many of those years. After retiring in 1980, she moved to Putnam County to spend her retirement years with her sister.

The Dierdorf family was very close and they all pitched in on the family farm during their early and adolescent years. Laughter was an important element in their lives, as well as, helping others in need. While growing up, they were both very active in 4-H. They continued to participate in the program throughout lives as 4-H leaders, judges, fair volunteers, etc. If they heard of a needy child or family, they responded in any way they could. In addition to 4-H, they volunteered with various other organizations and agencies to help individuals in need, especially those that reach out to young people. A few of these organizations included the Food Pantry, Putnam County Adult Literacy Program, Return a Gift, The Reality Store, and numerous others.

Scholarship Recipients


Christopher Shafer


Michael Noble


Megan S Sturgeon


Tyler Nield

Kyleigh Mitchell

Valarie Scott

Lauren Lee Greeson


Allysia Daniele Lollar


Sarah Myers

Megan L. Arnold

Audra A. Roach

Sabra B. Northam

Sydney Grammel


Nick Graves

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