Peak Creek Ruritan Scholarship


The college scholarship program for Alleghany and Ashe County high school seniors is one of the major community service programs funded by the Peak Creek Ruritan Club located in Laurel Springs. Funds raised by the club are supplemented by grants from the Ruritan National Foundation. An advantage of receiving a Ruritan scholarship is that the Foundation has “Scholarship Partners” throughout the eastern part of the country.

A student attending a “Partner School” can have the local Ruritan scholarship matched by the college/Ruritan Foundation. Currently some of the “Scholarship Partners” in the area are Appalachian State University, and Forsyth Tech., Mitchell (Statesville), Surry, and Wilkes Community Colleges. Other Partners can be found on-line under the Ruritan National Foundation.

Description of Scholarship

The scholarship is a one-time award, currently $1000, to provide financial assistance to students to help start their education beyond high school. Any graduating senior at Alleghany High School is eligible to apply for this scholarship.

The scholarship recipient will be chosen by a Scholarship Committee within the club. Currently the committee consists of two retired public school teachers and three retired university professors. Selection will be based on scholarship (10 points), need (10 points), leadership potential (10 points), acceptance to colleges (5 points), and potential impact on western North Carolina communities (5 points). The graduate must be accepted by an accredited two- or four-year college or university.

Application Process

The application will consist of the “Local Scholarship Application Form,” available from the Guidance Office and on-line, a transcript, and class standings. In addition to all requirements of this form, we require a letter of recommendation from a teacher of the student’s choice. Applications will be due as required by the AHS Guidance Counselor. Call 372-5095 for the exact date. The scholarship award will be presented to the recipient by a representative from the Peak Creek Ruritan Club at the Alleghany High School Awards Assembly.