One of musician John Mayer’s biggest hits is the song “Daughters,” but as a son, Mayer himself deserves some recognition. In honor of his father, Richard Mayer, who turned 90 last week, the singer-songwriter has established the Richard Mayer Scholarship Fund at Fairfield County’s Community Foundation in his home state of Connecticut.
The elder Mayer was an educational leader in the community and served as the Principal of Central High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut for several years.
The Richard Mayer Scholarship Fund will be administered by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and will provide college scholarships for Bridgeport public high school seniors students who “have demonstrated community service leadership and plan to become educators – both classroom teachers and educational leaders. Students will have committed to majoring in education or education-related degree at an accredited two or four-year college or university. To maintain the renewable scholarship over the full 4 years students must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA in college.”
Fairfield County’s Community Foundation also administers Mayer’s Back To You Fund, which was created in 2003 to aid people afflicted with HIV/AIDS.
Said Juanita James, CEO and president of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation: “We are delighted to be able to help John Mayer give such a special gift to his father Richard. The legacy created by the Richard Mayer Scholarship Fund will help deserving Bridgeport Public School students to reach for the stars and make their dreams come true. It is always heartwarming to see one generation honor another.”
Pictured: John Mayer celebrating his father Richard’s 90th birthday by presenting him with a gift that truly keeps on giving.