$3 million donation to help locals attend York College

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

A former Seven Valleys couple left millions after their deaths to help local students attend York College.

Students milling about the York College campus.

Dorothy and Armand Gladfelter's bequest is providing more than $3.2 million to fund scholarships for York County students attending the private, four-year college, according to a news release from the college.

“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,” Danny Green, York College's vice president of enrollment management, said in the release.

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The Gladfelters had a longstanding relationship with the college through its cultural contributions to the community, starting with the York College Candlelight Concert Series in the 1970s, the release states.

Dorothy Gladfelter, who was a music teacher, and Armand Gladfelter, a former livestock company administrator, were heavily involved in their professions as well as in the community.

Dorothy Gladfelter served as president of the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association and was a member of the Matinee Musical Club as well as the York Historical Society. She taught piano for 72 years.

Armand Gladfelter served as president of A.C. Henry Inc. for 17 years and was a member of the North Codorus Planning Commission and a former vice president of the Spring Grove Area school board.

Armand Gladfelter died in 1998 at age 83,  and Dorothy Gladfelter died in April 2016 at age 98.

“The Gladfelters were York County people — born and bred — and loved everything about it, including York College,” Bob Iosue, former president of York College, said in a news release.

“The level of their bequest is a real indication of their strong desire to support the college, and their providing for York County students specifically expresses their love of York County. They left a big, deep footprint at York College.”