Salem grad establishes YSU football scholarship

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced the Chuck Joseph Football Scholarship to enhance the YSU Athletics Scholarship Endowment Fund on Wednesday.

This scholarship was recently established by former YSU football student-athlete Chuck Joseph, a Salem High School graduate.

Joseph was a member of the YSU football team from 1965 to 1968, playing for coach Dwight “Dike” Beede. As a linebacker for the Penguins, his toughness and leadership was awarded as he was selected as the team’s co-captain in 1968.

He graduated from YSU with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1970. Upon graduation, Joseph began working at Packard Electric Division of General Motors. He worked there from 1970 through 2001, retiring after 31 years as their Global Facilities Manager.

He went on to earn his real estate license and joined the industrial-commercial real estate firm of Routh-Hurlbert in 2003. In 2013, he became a broker/owner for the company and in 2018 merged the company with Platz Reality Group.

His wife, Dawn, directs a program called Focus Hippotherapy, which uses horses to serve those with special needs. In the summer months, they rely on YSU football student-athletes who volunteer their time to help keep the adults and kids safe while doing their therapy on a horse. This gives both Chuck and Dawn another opportunity to connect with YSU student-athletes.

As a long-time member of the YSU Football Alumni Group and the Penguin Club, he is proud to endow this scholarship and give back to his beloved alma mater.

The scholarship will be awarded to a student-athlete on the YSU Football team. Preference of the recipient will be given to an athlete who is majoring in engineering.

“I was fortunate to have played for YSU back in the ’60s while earning my Mechanical Engineering degree,” Joseph said. “As a result of my education, I was able to spend 31 years in corporate life and the last 16 years in private business having a comfortable life for me and my family. The reason for the scholarship is my way of saying “Thank You” to my professors and coaches.”

Paul McFadden, President of the YSU Foundation, said Joseph has always been a hands-on supporter of the football program and has been involved with the YSU Football Alumni Group from the outset.

“Chuck is a very proud Penguin and has always been there to help YSU football,” McFadden said. “His generosity and kindness have always been appreciated by our student-athletes. He has done a great job of making sure today’s Penguins know the important history of the program.”