YSU receives $1 million for scholarship, names fountain after donor
The annual Daniel H. Becker Family Scholarship will go to a full-time student who volunteers in their communities.
Wednesday, September 14th 2022, 2:50 PM EDT
Youngstown State University
The fountain in the center of the Youngstown State University campus has been named for Daniel H. Becker, chief executive of Becker Funeral Homes, and his family. Becker donated $1 million to YSU to establish the Daniel H. Becker Family Scholarship.
President Jim Tressel said, “His legacy will live on in perpetuity at this very special place on campus.”
The annual scholarship will go to a full-time student with a minimum 2.5-grade point average, with a preference for students from Struthers and who volunteer in their communities.
The Becker family has been in the funeral profession since 1896; the business now has four locations throughout the Mahoning Valley.
Struthers native Becker began working in the family business as a teenager with his father.
A fountain has been part of the YSU campus since at least 1966, when the Kilcawley Center student union first opened, according to University Archives.