Cumberland Community Foundation continued its support of Fayetteville State University (FSU) through the Robert H. Short/Cumberland Community Foundation Scholars Program. The foundation presented FSU with a check for $300,000 for scholarships to Cumberland County students attending FSU in the 2017-2018 academic year.

In October 2011, the community foundation received a $10 million gift from the estate of Robert H. Short, a local businessman and philanthropist who valued education. The community foundation created the Robert H. Short/ Cumberland Community Foundation Scholars program and awarded scholarships to students at FSU, Methodist University, or Fayetteville Technical Community College during the first five years (2013-2018).

At FSU, the gift provides scholarships for Early College high school and honors students, including Global Scholars. Cumberland Community Foundation works with the FSU financial aid office to administer the scholarships. Scholarship awards are based on criteria designed by Mr. Short, including financial need, academic success, and the extent to which a student has contributed to society.

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Originally published May 31, 2018.