Thursday, January 7, 2010

Beils’ Scholarship Bequest Largest for FRCC, Spurs Founding of Legacy Society

The Front Range Community College Foundation has received the largest scholarship bequest in its 15-year history.

The $150,000 bequest came from the estates of Kenneth and Dorothy Beil of Fort Collins. The bequest will endow the Kenneth and Dorothy Beil Scholarship. Proceeds from the endowment should fund at least two $3,000 scholarships a year for students who attend any FRCC campus and who demonstrate financial need, said Celeste Sikora, FRCC Foundation director. At FRCC’s resident tuition and fee rate, $3,000 is a full scholarship.

The first scholarships will be awarded for the fall 2010 semester.

The Beils’ generosity through planned giving also will be honored with the founding of the Kenneth and Dorothy Beil Legacy Society, Sikora said. The foundation will work with other donors on planned gifts of any size, she said.

“The legacy that the Beils established will make a difference in the lives of students that follow,” said FRCC President Andrew Dorsey. “These scholarships will provide students the opportunity to brighten their futures and change their lives.”

“Dorothy and Ken had no children,” said Glenn Moyer, a nephew who lives in Pennsylvania. “They always had an interest in their extended family and the lives of their nieces and nephews. They had a keen interest in the younger generation and wanted, very much, to support and assist needy students in obtaining their postsecondary education. They were very excited that they could provide financial assistance to students who otherwise could not attend Front Range Community College.”

The Beils were born and raised on farms in eastern Pennsylvania. Kenneth Beil served in the Army in the Philippines from 1945 to 1947. He worked for 40 years for General Electric, retiring as a supervisor. He later worked as a supervisor for Black and Decker’s small appliance division. Dorothy Beil worked in production for General Electric. They were married in 1950.

The Beils moved to Colorado in 1991. A patriotic couple, Kenneth supported American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts in northern Colorado and was a member of the Honor Guard. Dorothy was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and volunteered her time for VFW activities.

Kenneth died Feb. 26, 2007. Dorothy died Aug. 10, 2009.

Established in 1994, the mission of the Front Range Community College Foundation is to transform lives and the regional economy by developing private resources to support scholarships, programs, and facilities for FRCC. More information is at

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online. FRCC’s Web site is

FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education serving more than 107,000 students annually. CCCS oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and seven other post-secondary institutions.

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