PFund Foundation is thrilled to announce a new scholarship for 2021 scholarship cycle–the Richard L. Long Scholarship! This award will be granted to a student (ages 17-24) who face barriers to achieving their academic dreams. Aimed at increasing funding for students who may not have access to financial aid or support, the recipient of the scholarship will be part of the BIPOC, transgender, homeless/formerly homeless, or recovery communities.
PFund Foundation supporters, Mike Stewart and John Larsen have created this award in honor of their dear friend Richard while focusing their impact on students who would benefit greatly from this generous scholarship.
Richard Long was born in 1945 in Cheraw, South Carolina and grew up in the segregated South. He attended HBCU Morehouse College from 1962-65 and then joined the US Air Force where he served for 12 years. Serving in the military brought Richard to Anchorage, AK where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music at the University of Alaska. Richard was married, living in Fairbanks and knew he had to make a change.
Richard moved to Minnesota in 1980 where he felt the freedom to come out and live as a proud gay man. Living in Minneapolis, he placed new emphasis on serving those around him; he worked for the AIDS project in the late 80s and finished his professional career spending 24 years as a chemical dependency counselor. For many years, Richard has found great joy singing in various venues and performing with the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus.
Richard exudes kindness and has the most infectious laugh. Rarely has anyone met him who hasn’t instantly felt the grace of his love.
If you or someone you know is in need of scholarship support to achieve academic success, apply by June 15, 2021!