A new $25,000 scholarship endowment has been established by the late Aleatha H. Short, class of 1949, who included her alma mater in her will.
Mrs. Short, who passed away on Aug. 25, 2009, stipulated in her will that the money go into an endowed fund called the Harrison and Aleatha Short Scholarship. Mrs. Short directed that an annual scholarship of $500 be awarded to a student of the Indian River School District.
Mrs. Short was a retired teacher who taught students with learning disabilities in the Indian River School District. Her husband Harrison Short, also a DSU alumnus from the class of 1950, was an assistant principal in the Indian River School District. Mr. Short passed away in 1994.
The endowment donation was presented by her son Gregg Short to Dr. Harry L. Williams on June 27.
The selected student must have a grade point average of at least 2.5. The Sussex County Chapter of the DSU Alumni Association and the DSU Scholarship Committee will recommend the student, with the selection to be based on financial need, exemplary character and the submission of two reference letters.
Mr. and Mrs. Short were residents of Millsboro, Del., and were longtime members of the Sussex County Chapter of the DSU Alumni Association. Their ice cream shop, the Chat and Chew, was a very popular spot for people visit and fellowship from miles around.