Classmates, fellow alumni and friends of Philadelphia University have established an endowed scholarship to honor architecture alumna Amber Long, a year after she was tragically slain during a robbery.
The Amber Long ’11 Endowed Scholarship is the first endowed scholarship for students in the College of Architecture and the Built Environment, ensuring that Long’s positive impact on PhilaU’s architecture program will be honored for generations to come. The first award will be made to a deserving architecture student starting fall 2015.
As of this week, the Amber Long ’11 Endowed Scholarship has reached more than $29,000 in contributions, exceeding the $25,000 minimum required to endow a scholarship at PhilaU. There was a surge in generous donations in the week leading up to the one-year anniversary of Long’s death, with over 100 people raising more than $10,000. In all, more than 200 donors contributed to the scholarship fund established after Long’s death on January 19, 2014.
Long, who most recently was working at Nest Architecture in Philadelphia, was a gifted student at PhilaU. Her intense focus, dedication and work ethic could be seen in the impressive detail of her projects.
“She was talented, passionate, generous of spirit and viewed architecture as a way to make a positive impact on the world,” said Susan Frosten, associate provost and associate professor in the College of Architecture and the Built Environment, who had Long as a student.
Long was passionate about sustainable design, and was part of the student team that won the grand prize for overall excellence in the 2009 Delaware Valley Green Building Council student design competition. Her winning design for a sustainable, cooperative food market was chosen from more than 90 entries from an impressive roster of international schools. Her thesis examined the role of environmental sustainability, economics and consumer priorities in speculatively built homes.
A painting of the Reichlin House done by Long hangs in the dining room of the President’s house. President Stephen Spinelli Jr. commissioned Long, a talented artist, to create the work during her senior year.
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