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Bill Beck Schlarship Fund

The Bill Beck scholarship was named in honor of the first head coach for the Penn Manor Comets. Bill Beck was born and raised in Pittsburgh. PA. He played football in high school and at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. He graduated in 1962 and was recruited to play football for the New York Giants and Chicago. Instead of playing football, he became a Social Studies teacher and football coach for Braddock High School in a suburb of Pittsburgh. He coached there from 1961 to 1968. In 1968, he coached an additional year for Brownsville High School. Then in 1969, he moved to Millersville and became the head coach for the Penn Manor Comets. He began the program with the freshman team and played their first varsity game in 1973. In 1974, the Comets won the Lancaster-Lebanon Section II Championship. Coach Beck remained the coach until 1981. He then continued to coach at different levels. In 2006, the scholarship program began and continues today.

The Bill Beck Scholarship applications are accepted from any senior student who played football during their senior year of high school. Applicants must be attending any post-secondary level of education including college or school of trades. For those interested in applying, the application must be completred in full and returned to the guidance office by April 15. Annually, two $1000 scholarship winners are selected to be used during their first year following high school graduation. The scholarship is awarded in two payments of $500 each during the first year of post-secondary education. Scholarship award winners are selected based on the following five areas of criteria:

• Financial Need
• Years of Participation in the Penn Manor High School Program
• Commitment Level to the Program During Senior Year of Football
• Essay Explaining Need and What Comet Football as Taught
• Acceptance to a post-secondary level of education

The fund relies mainly on generous public donations and the annual "Bill Beck Dance", which is held at the Millersville VFW Post 7294 on January 27, 2018. The evening will include dancing, corn hole tournaments, chinese acution, 50/50 raffle, light fare & more.

2017 Recipient

2017 Recipient Cavan Zechman

2017 Recipient Dante Jones

2016 Recipients

2016 Recipient, Carter Kinser
2016 Recipient, Jesse Guerrero
2016 Recipient, Robert Swisher

2015 Recipients

2015 Recipient, Gerrin McKinnie
2015 Recipient, James Busano
2015 Recipient, Tyler Spanger
2015 Recipient, Brent Neely
2015 Recipient, Zeb Pfeiffer

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