Musician John Mayer Gives His Dad A Gift That Will Keep On Giving

Oct 16, 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017, Norwalk, CT — Singer/songwriter John Mayer has established the Richard Mayer Scholarship Fund at Fairfield County’s Community Foundation in honor of his father, Richard, who turned 90 last week. The four-year scholarship will provide funds to a student pursuing the field of education.

Forever faithful to his roots in Fairfield County, John Mayer was born in Bridgeport and grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut. His father Richard Mayer, now retired, was an educational leader in the community and served as the Principal of Central High School in Bridgeport for several years.

John Mayer celebrating his father Richard’s 90th birthday by presenting him with a gift that truly keeps on giving. (Photo credit: John Mayer/Instagram)

The Richard Mayer Scholarship Fund will be administered by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and will provide college scholarships for Bridgeport, Connecticut senior students attending public schools, who are planning to study education in preparation for becoming either a classroom teacher or educational administrator. The fund is designed to help deserving Bridgeport public school graduates continue their education and go on to careers in education by providing a four-year college scholarship. John Mayer’s Back To You Fund is administered by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and has kept close ties in the community throughout the years.

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation manages a large and exciting scholarship program for both graduating high school seniors and full-time students already enrolled in college.

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation stewards over 150 scholarship funds established by generous individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that help students pursue their college education and strengthen the future of our communities. These funds cover many different areas of study and many have their own distinct eligibility criteria.

“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,” stated Juanita James, CEO and President, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. She continues, “It is always heartwarming to see one generation honor another.”

For more information about how to set up a scholarship fund or a donor advised fund at Fairfield County’s Community Foundation please visit Fairfield County’s Community Foundation at



High school seniors with financial need at four Bridgeport public high schools including: Central High School; Bassick High School; Harding High School and Achievement First High School are eligible to apply. This is a four-year college scholarship for 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.


13420m2_fccflogo_rgb_lgFairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards and has awarded over $212 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. As a trusted nonprofit partner and thought leader, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation brings together community organizers, business experts and philanthropists to solve our region’s challenges. Our goal is to create a vital and inclusive community, where every individual has the opportunity to thrive.

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