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Applications sought for medical scholarship

Detroit Lakes Area Community Foundation is accepting applications for the Long Trust Fund Medical Scholarships program now until Jan. 10.

To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must show proof of enrollment in an accredited educational program, and have successfully completed his/her first quarter/semester of study. The acceptable areas of study include human medicine or paramedical fields (including nursing, medical tech, x-ray, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, pharmacy, etc.).

The student must be admitted to medical school or the paramedical major to qualify for the award. The student must also be a permanent resident, be a former resident for a minimum of six years or have parents who are residents of Becker County or Norman County. If the applicant lives out of either county, he or she must live within a 30-mile radius of Detroit Lakes or Ada.

Frank and Hildred Long, in whose name the medical scholarship is being offered, are perhaps best remembered as the couple who owned Shelley Island on Cotton Lake. This island later was preserved as a wildlife area through efforts of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Non-game Wildlife Program, the Minnesota Wildlife Heritage Foundation and the Minnesota Chapter of the Nature Conservatory.

Frank Long, a Detroit Lakes High School graduate, was a member of the faculty at DLHS from 1939 until retiring at the close of the 1961-62 school term.

His wife, former Hildred Shelland, was born and raised in Ada, graduated from Ada High School and attended North Dakota State. She married Frank Long in Ada on May 15, 1942.

The purpose of the scholarship is to perpetuate the ideals of Frank and Hildred Long in supporting and encouraging youth to pursue careers in the medical field in small towns and rural areas.

Application forms may be obtained online at, Community Foundation link, or at DL City Hall, 1025 Roosevelt Ave., Detroit Lakes, MN 56501, 218-847-5658, or Ada High School counselor, PO Box 308 Ada, MN 56510.