The Detroit Lakes Area Community Foundation recently announced that it is accepting applications for the Long Trust Medical Scholarships program from now through Feb. 28.

To be eligible for a scholarship, a student must:

  • Show proof of enrollment in an accredited educational program;
  • Show proof of a declared medical or paramedical major, and
  • Have successfully completed the first quarter/semester of study.

Eligible fields of study include medicine, nursing, medical tech., x-ray, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, pharmacy, etc.

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 or Norman County. If the applicant lives outside of either county, he or she must live within a 30 mile radius of Detroit Lakes or Ada.

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Scholarship amounts depend upon eligibility, need, level of education, educational performance, practical health care experience, and the number of applicants.

Frank and Hildred Long, in whose name the medical scholarship is offered, are perhaps best remembered as the couple who owned Shelley Island on Cotton Lake. The island later was preserved as a wildlife sanctuary through efforts of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Nongame Wildlife Program, Minnesota Wildlife Heritage Foundation and Minnesota Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

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, the former Hildred Shelland, was born and raised in Ada, graduated from Ada High School, attended North Dakota State University, and 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 students to pursue careers in the medical field, and return to small towns and rural areas.

Application forms may be obtained online at one of the following links: