In 2011, Cumberland Community Foundation received a generous gift from the estate of Robert H. Short. The charitable purpose of the gift was to help local students obtain a college degree. The Robert H. Short Scholars Program now provides last-dollar-in scholarships up to $7,500/year (up to $30,000 total for up to four years) to students from Cumberland County, NC who will attend any four-year nonprofit college or university. Scoring will give equal weight to 1) academic achievement, 2) community service (or work history), and 3) demonstrated financial need.
To be eligible for the Robert H. Short/Cumberland Community Foundation Scholars Program, applicants must: demonstrate financial need; graduate from a high school in Cumberland County, NC the spring after the application deadline; be entering a nonprofit college or university within six months of high school graduation as a full time, matriculating student; and have a 3.5 GPA (or a weighted 4.2 GPA). This is renewable upon a 3.0 GPA. Applications run from November until the due date.