Alleghany Education Foundation

The Alleghany Education Foundation provides

scholarship and enrichment opportunities to students

in Alleghany County.


Dr. DeBord was truly a special person to many animals and to their owners in Alleghany and surrounding counties. He tirelessly practiced veterinary medicine for over twenty years. He was compassionate and caring – characteristics that were visible with his wife Ann and his sons Danny and Willie as well. Dr. DeBord had a tremendous influence in many people’s lives – both young and old. He was a doctor of veterinary medicine twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Dr. DeBord grew up in Rich Valley, Virginia. He attended Emory and Henry College and then entered the University of Georgia’s veterinary program. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Dr. DeBord moved to Independence, Virginia in 1980 to begin practicing veterinary medicine along side Dr. Nash Williams. During his professional career, Dr. DeBord strived to educate his clients, comforted grieving clients, mentored veterinary students, and worked countless nights, weekends, and holidays that we all came to depend on.

It is because of his dedication that a scholarship has been established in Dr. DeBord’s honor. It is our hope that deserving students from Alleghany and Grayson Counties who have aspirations of becoming a veterinarian or pursuing a professional degree in agriculture will receive this memorial in honor of Dr. DeBord’s dedication to his profession.


This annual scholarship of $500 is intended to aid two graduating seniors from Alleghany High School and Grayson High School in becoming doctors of veterinary medicine or to pursue an education in agriculture.


1. Students planning to become veterinarians.2. Students planning to pursue an education in agriculture.3. Students entering vocational-agriculture fields.


1. Financial Need

2. Scholarship achievement

3. Interview

4. Teacher Recommendation

Recipient must be accepted in a 2 or 4 Year College or university, with the intention of becoming a veterinarian or pursue a career in a related field.


Selection is made by the DeBord Scholarship committee composed of the following:

1. Guidance Counselor

2. Ann Watson DeBord

3. Selected teachers

4. Selected Friends


Payment shall be made to college or university; half at the beginning of the first semester and half at the beginning of the second semester.


The Scholarship will be awarded each year during Awards Day Assembly at Alleghany High School and Grayson County High School.


Applications will be due as required by the AHS Guidance Counselor. Call 372-5095 for the exact date.


  • Announcement of winner at Award Day Assembly
  • Recipient signs acceptance in Guidance Office

Application Form

Please include the following with this application:

A. Letter stating reason for applying for the scholarship and plans for the future.
B. Transcript of high school grades

Please include your name in the file names!

114 S. Main St • Post Office Box 33

Sparta, North Carolina 28675