Foundation establishes Charles L. and Shirley E. Roberts Scholarship

The Charles L. and Shirley E. Roberts Scholarship has been established by the Marshall University Foundation Inc. to benefit a West Virginia student involved with a faith-based/ religious student organization who plans to study in the Lewis College of Business. Preference will also be given to graduates of Hundred High School and Cabell Midland High School.

The late Charles “Charlie” L. Roberts, a 1958 graduate of Hundred High School and 1959 graduate of Huntington School of Barbers, was the owner of Charlie’s Barber Shop, located at 411 11th Street in downtown Huntington. He worked as a barber for over 46 years and many of his clients were athletes, administrators and teachers from Marshall University. Charlie was a lifelong member of Walnut Hills Church of the Nazarene.

Shirley E. Roberts is a 1959 graduate of Huntington East High School. Upon graduation, she accepted a position at Gallagher Ford on Fifth Avenue as Finance/Insurance manager, where she worked for 40 years.

For three decades, the couple held season tickets for football and basketball. Neither Charlie nor Shirley attended Marshall, but have always supported Marshall and wanted someone to have the opportunity to attend.

“We went to all the games and lived not very far from there, so we’ve just bled green all our life,” Shirley Roberts said. “I’m so glad we can help if one needs help, especially being faith-based. I hope it helps someone. I know some of the people and some of the areas do not have these opportunities.”

For questions regarding a student’s eligibility for the Charles L. and Shirley E. Roberts Scholarship, please contact Marshall’s Office of Student Financial Assistance.


Photo: From left to right: Dr. Ron Area, chief executive officer of Marshall University Foundation; Rosie Brydie, director of philanthropy; Marshall President Jerome Gilbert; Shirley Roberts; Pati Roswall; Brent Roswall and Mike Nidiffer.

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