Ellen, Shepherd Long endow scholarship for women in civil engineering

Long Engineering ScholarshipShepherd Long, a trustee of the Kennesaw State University Foundation, and his wife Ellen have established an endowed scholarship to support Kennesaw State University students who are women majoring in civil engineering.

The Ellen and Shepherd Long Endowed Scholarship is for students in the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology who are studying civil engineering. The unique scholarship benefits students of the underrepresented gender.

“We find our scholarship to be important because as civil engineers ourselves, we recognize the underrepresentation of women and particularly minority women in the field of civil engineering,” Ellen Long said. “We would like to do our part to improve this imbalance and to provide an opportunity to those young women who may benefit from the financial aid in order to attend KSU and complete their degree.”

The Longs have been contributing a scholarship annually for minority women who want to be civil engineers since 2006. This is now the second year for their endowed scholarship.

The new scholarship was first awarded for the 2016-17 academic year. Lauren Collins, a freshman from Savannah, Georgia, was its first recipient.

Shepherd Long is a member of the KSU’s Executive Committee, serving as vice-chair of the Nominating Committee.

Ellen Long founded Long Engineering Inc. in Atlanta in 1997 and serves as its president. Her husband is a principal with the company.

A signing ceremony for the endowed scholarship was held inside the office of Dr. Thomas R. Currin, dean of the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, the afternoon of Dec. 7.