Robert H. Long, Jr. Esq. graduated from Shippensburg State College in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts. For most of his professional life, Bob was a brilliant bond attorney becoming Senior Partner of the law firm of Rhoades and Sinon and later Partner with Thomas, Long, Niesen and Kennard. In 1993, he joined the Shippensburg University Foundation Board of Directors so he could be more engaged with his alma mater and make a difference for the students. For eighteen years, Bob used his superior intellect and problem solving abilities to accomplish the SU Foundation’s goals and provide additional resources for the University.
Eli Bock was just the type of student Bob had in mind when he made a provision in his will to fund a scholarship for an academically talented student with need. Eli, Class of 2018, has fully embraced campus life. A member of the Honors Program, he is a double major in History and International Studies with a minor in Anthropology. Eli tutors History students, and is a member of Phi Alpha Theta and Sigma Iota Ro honors fraternities and the CUB entertainment crew. His community outreach includes raising funds for the Breast Cancer Awareness Alliance and helping people undergoing treatment with light house and yard work. This summer Eli hopes to study abroad in India. After graduation, it will be the Peace Corp and eventually graduate school. “Money was my biggest worry coming to college,” said Eli. “This scholarship made it all possible. Its impact on my life as a student has inspired me to hopefully establish a scholarship of my own one day.”
The Robert H. Long, Jr. Memorial Scholarship is a fitting tribute to this loyal alumnus, whose work on behalf of the University was testament to his belief in the power of an education and his love of Shippensburg University. It is already opening doors and changing lives, just as Bob had hoped. And perhaps, down the road, this scholarship will pave the way for another scholarship given in gratitude for the opportunity of a great education.