Alleghany Education Foundation

The Alleghany Education Foundation provides

scholarship and enrichment opportunities to students

in Alleghany County.

Minnie Lou Edwards Irwin


In 1985, the Minnie Lou Edwards Irwin Scholarship was established by her children, John Ulus Irwin, Jr., Mrs. Jane Brumbaugh, and Nickolas E. Irwin, and Ulus Irwin, her husband, as a meaningful way to honor her contributions to the field of education.


This annual scholarship of $1000 is to aid a senior from Alleghany High School with limited resources but a desire to further his or her education. The graduate must be accepted by an accredited two or four year college or university.

Selection Procedures

The selection is made by the Scholarship Committee composed of the following:

a. Principal of Alleghany High School

b. Guidance Counselor of Alleghany High School

c. Chairman of the Science Department at Alleghany High School

d. Honoree or a member of her family


Definite need for financial assistance. . . . . . 50%

Scholastic Achievement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30%

Interview and school activities . . . . . . . . . . . . 10%

Teacher recommendation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10%

The first runner-up will be selected in the event the original recipient should forfeit the rights to the scholarship.


The scholarship will be awarded each year during Awards Day at Alleghany High School by a member of the family or the Chairman of the Alleghany High School Science Department. After the winner is announced, he or she will be expected to sign an acceptance in the Guidance Office.

Dates to Remember

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


Announce winner at the Awards Assembly. The winner signs an acceptance in the Guidance Counselors Office.


Recipient has college to notify Guidance Counselor.

Please include your name in the file name and in your letter!

114 S. Main St • Post Office Box 33

Sparta, North Carolina 28675