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$3 Million Bequest Provides Single Largest Scholarship Gift in TFAS History

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Fred and Georganna Long, longtime TFAS donors from Gibson Island, Maryland, left The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) nearly $3 million in their trust to be used for scholarships. Their bequest is the single largest gift designated for student scholarships in The Fund for American Studies’ 52-year history. Fred served for many years on the TFAS Board of Regents.

Fred was always very interested in developing the next generation of leaders. He loved America and the ideas and institutions that maintain our freedom and give people space to be entrepreneurs and innovators, like himself and his friend and colleague John Engalitcheff. It is fitting that the Engalitcheffs and the Longs will forever be linked through the TFAS programs they are supporting with legacy gifts.” –  TFAS President Roger Ream

In 2000, the couple endowed the Fred and Georganna Long Scholarship Fund at TFAS, which has generated more than $179,000 in scholarships since its inception. The scholarships have benefitted college students attending our oldest program track, which focuses on public policy and economics. In 2007, the Longs established another scholarship program that enables cadets from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to attend our TFAS International Programs in Chile, Hong Kong and Prague.

Fred Long helps unveil a portrait of his mentor and fellow TFAS supporter John Engalitcheff during a luncheon at Georgetown University’s Riggs Library.

Fred was employed for many years at the Baltimore Aircoil Company (BAC), which was founded by his mentor John Engalitcheff, who previously supported TFAS through his estate. In 1976, Fred became president of BAC, a global leader of factory assembled air-conditioning equipment.

Fred and Jo’s gift will greatly expand the number of scholarships available to students under the new Leadership Scholars Program, one of five priorities of the Liberty + Leadership Campaign. Launched publicly in 2018 with the goal to raise $25 million to build on and expand the transformational work TFAS accomplishes every year, the campaign now has commitments of more than $19.5 million.

The scholarship funds from this gift will allow us to identify and recruit students with the talent and drive to become game changers in professions of public policy, journalism, law, foreign affairs and others. Hundreds of students will be able to take part in TFAS programs for years to come, thanks to the great generosity and vision of the Long family and their dedication to investing in educating future generations about the importance of liberty and free enterprise.

“Fred was always very interested in developing the next generation of leaders,” said TFAS President Roger Ream ’76. “He loved America and the ideas and institutions that maintain our freedom and give people space to be entrepreneurs and innovators, like himself and his friend and colleague John Engalitcheff. It is fitting that the Engalitcheffs and the Longs will forever be linked through the TFAS programs they are supporting with legacy gifts.”

Frederick M. “Fritz” Long was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and was a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and Harvard Business School. He worked for the Trane Company, BAC and Baltimore Therapeutic Equipment. He passed away in August of 2013.

Georganna M. “Jo” Long was a native of Sandusky, Ohio, and graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, with a degree in fashion design. She later moved to Boston where she met Fred, her soulmate and husband for 56 years. They spent most of their married lives in Severna Park and Gibson Island, Maryland, and two years in Belgium. Together they traveled the world with a network of international friends, ultimately visiting all seven continents and sailing all seven seas. Jo passed away in February of 2018.

“We are very excited that Fred’s and Jo’s gift will allow TFAS to welcome more students in the future to learn and benefit from our unique and transformational programs,” said Ed Turner, vice president for development. TFAS has a goal of raising at least $5 million in planned gift commitments as part of the  Liberty + Leadership Campaign.  For more information about how you can include TFAS in your estate plan, please contact Ed Turner at eturner@TFAS.org or 202-986-0384, or visit TFAS.org/Legacy.

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