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York College: $3.2M gift to fund scholarships for York County students

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A York County couple has donated $3.2 million to York College, stemming from their decades-long appreciation of the college's cultural events and programming and its impact on the people of York County.

Fourteen students from York County were awarded scholarships through the couple's gift for the current fall semester, the first semester for which the funds were available, said Mary Dolheimer, assistant vice president of communications at York College.

The total amount awarded was $50,000. As long as the students maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5, a typical benchmark for the school's academic scholarships, they  will be eligible to renew their awards for the next three years, Dolheimer said.

The donors, Dorothy and Armand Gladfelter, were long-time York County residents and actively involved in the community. Armand, who died in 1998 at the age of 83, was a member of the board for the York County Academy, which later became York College. Dorothy, who died in 2016 at the age of 98, was an accomplished musician who taught some of the students in the York College Candlelight Concert Series in 1970s.

The Gladfelters’ closeness to the private college also extended to their friendship with former school presidents Ray Miller and Bob Iosue.

"Gifts like the Gladfelter Scholarship directly impact our ability to attract excellent York County students, who then make great contributions to the life of the York College community," said Danny Green, vice president of enrollment management.

The Gladfelters’ bequest comes on the heels of another major gift to the school. In August, Robert Kinsley, founder and CEO of Kinsley Construction Inc., and his wife, Anne, pledged a $5.5 million gift to create and operate The Kinsley School of Engineering, Science and Technology at York College.


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