Robert H. Short Scholars Program
Robert H. Short left a $10 million gift to Cumberland Community Foundation in his will. This gift created CCF's largest scholarship endowment and supports the Robert H. Short/Cumberland Community Foundation Scholars Program. Mr. Short was a successful businessman and a brilliant investor, but he always regretted that he had not attended college. He acquired his wealth through hard work, conservative living, and a successful self-designed investment strategy. Short died at age 89 in February 2011 after a brief illness. Upon his death in 2011, CCF received the generous bequest from his estate to continue his support for students forever.
With his gift, CCF created the Robert H. Short/Cumberland Community Foundation Scholars Program. During Phase I of the program 2013 – 2018, the foundation dedicated the endowment to three local colleges and awarded $2,377,000 to students attending Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville State University, and Methodist University. Students apply directly to the three partner colleges.
Phase II of the program will begin with Cumberland County, NC high school students with the Class of 2019. The program is being designed during 2018 and will be announced to the public in fall 2018. Almost $500,000 per year will be awarded to local students.