Dr. Clarence V. Cuffee Endowed Scholarship

The Late Dr. Clarence V. Cuffee

Dr. Clarence V. Cuffee1945 to 2006
Chesapeake City Manager
(2002 to 2006)

In memory and recognition of Dr. Cuffee's lifelong commitment to continued learning, a scholarship was established in his name to help deserving students continue their education.

The Dr. Clarence V. Cuffee Scholarship was endowed in 2010 through the financial assistance of the City of Chesapeake employees, family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Cuffee. The Norfolk State University (NSU) Foundation has issued over $97,000 to deserving Chesapeake students attending NSU and majoring in social work or education.

In the past, the Dr. Clarence V. Cuffee Endowed Scholarship was utilized exclusively for financial assistance of full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate (including rising freshmen), graduate, and post-graduate students enrolled in the Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work or the school of education at Norfolk State University and residents of the City of Chesapeake, Virginia. City of Chesapeake employees pursuing a degree at NSU in any area of public service are eligible to apply for the Scholarship. Applications are not currently being accepted (PDF). Check back often for 2023 deadlines. Email applications to Jessica Marzitello.

Dr. Clarence V. Cuffee was a lifelong proponent of education who dedicated his life to the service of others. His personal pursuit of education led him to earn a doctorate in social work in 2003 from Norfolk State University. Dr. Cuffee was a teacher and a coach who mentored students in the City of Chesapeake. His career as City Manager was marked by innovations in programs and services for his constituents and his humble but empowering approach to leadership. He was quoted as saying, "A city is more than buildings. It's people too. As a city develops, it must also develop its human capital, its people." It is evident that his thoughts heavily influenced the City's motto of "Chesapeake, the City that Cares."

Contribution to the scholarship fund may be sent to:
Norfolk State University Foundation
700 Park Avenue, HBW 410
Norfolk, VA 23504

On the memo line of your check, please reference the Dr. Clarence V. Cuffee Endowed Scholarship Fund. Contributions can also be sent electronically.

For more details, call the NSU Development Office at 757-823-8323.