Franklin & Marshall gets major donation from estate of bowling alley owner

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LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) – A private liberal arts college in central Pennsylvania has received more than $6 million from the late owners of a bowling alley.

LNP newspaper reports Franklin & Marshall College announced on Monday it received the donation from the estate of Faye Gelhard.

Gelhard’s husband, Richard, graduated from the Lancaster college in 1957.

They bought Blue Ball Lanes in East Earl in 1976 and managed it until he died in 1993. She died last year.

The gift will pay for need-based scholarship funds named after the couple.

The Richard M. Gelhard Endowed Scholarship Fund will focus on students interested in government, public affairs or public policy.

The Faye L. Gelhard Endowed Scholarship Fund will focus on students interested in health and psychology.

Some will go to the college’s unrestricted endowment.

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