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Kids on Campus was one of the recipients of the Beck family's gift.

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$1 million gift to aid Ohio University nursing program and Kids on Campus


Ohio University alumnus Charles Beck and his wife Judy have pledged a $1 million gift to support the University’s nursing program and its Kids on Campus afterschool and summer programs for area schoolchildren.

Beck received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio in 1962 with a major in mathematics and a minor in Russian language. He is currently on the 39-member board of trustees of the Ohio University Foundation, the University’s fund-raising arm. His wife, Judy, is an artist and is a board member of the Santa Monica Red Cross. The couple lives in Los Angeles.

The Beck's gift will be divided among three funds: the Judy and Charles Beck Endowment, which will benefit Kids on Campus; the Beck Family School of Nursing Support Fund; and the Jeanne DeLeur Beck Scholarship in Nursing Endowment, which is named for Beck’s mother, who had a lifelong dream of becoming a nurse.

"We have devoted recent years to supporting initiatives in the fields of education and healthcare," said the Becks. "We feel both grateful and privileged to contribute to a college at Ohio University that combines both.  We are convinced that the nursing and the Kids on Campus programs are well conceived, and we are impressed with their effectiveness in addressing needs that are not always the top priorities in today's budget-stressed environment. We wish to help; we know that our gift will be in good hands; and we hope that it will encourage Ohio University in its commitment to maintain excellence in these important areas."

The gift will bolster two programs that are facing challenges. Enrollment in Ohio University’s School of Nursing has more than doubled in the past decade as it strives to help address a shortage of nurses in the region – part of a nationwide problem of too few nurses to care for the swelling ranks of baby boomers.

Kids on Campus, a community organization that provides tutoring and meals to academically at risk youngsters, has seen its main source of funding – state and federal funds – dwindle in recent years due to budget cuts. Kids on Campus and the School of Nursing are both part of Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP).

"We thank Chuck and Judy for their continued generosity to Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions. Their gift will greatly benefit students on our Athens campus as well as children in the Athens community," said Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis. "It is gratifying to earn the support of our alumni, especially that of our Foundation trustees, as we continue to elevate the student experience and to foster our students’ learning and growth. This leadership gift will help us do that as we strive to provide the best student-centered learning experience in the country."

Randy Leite, CHSP dean, said the Becks’ gift will make a big difference for two programs that have an outsized impact on their rural Appalachian community.

"Chuck and Judy continue to be wonderful friends to our college, our students, and the people we serve. Their generous gift will help us to tutor and feed our community’s most vulnerable children and put more nurses in a medically underserved region that has elevated risks for diseases such as diabetes. Chuck and Judy’s commitment to helping the children of Appalachia and future nurses who might serve the region is very commendable," Leite said.