The generosity of a Korean War veteran will benefit West York Area High School students and nonprofits for years to come.

The York County Community Foundation announced this week two new endowment funds made possible by a $1 million bequest from the estate of Richard L. "Dick" Beck, who died at the age of 82 last year.

Beck, who had planning his bequest to the community foundation since 1998, designated some of the money as scholarships for West York students studying applied sciences or engineering.

The first scholarships were awarded this summer through the Foundation for the West York Area School District, formerly a Dollars for Scholars chapter.

Beck's bequest increased the chapter's scholarship capacity by 30 percent, according to a news release.

This fall, 10 nonprofits — chosen by Beck — will receive grants, said Patricia Azriel, spokeswoman for the foundation.

The nonprofits are St. James Lutheran Church in West York, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the American Parkinson Disease Association, Memorial Health Systems, the York County chapter of the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the Children's Miracle Network, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia.

Beck was an engineer and retired from Borg Warner. He was also a graduate of West York Area High School and the University of Denver.

During the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Marines.


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