College scholarships totaling $48,000 have been awarded to four seniors from Alleghany High School by the Augusta Schultz Grubbs Charitable Trust Scholarship Committee.

The recipients were honored Wednesday, May 8, at Jackson River Technical Center, where the announcement was made by Clifton Forge attorneys James D. Snyder and R. Meade Snyder, trustees of the Grubbs Trust.

In the 20 years grants have been made, the trust has awarded more than $1.348 million in scholarships to Alleghany High School seniors.

The 2019 scholarships are for $3,000 per academic year for four years, totaling $12,000 for each student. 

This year’s recipients and the schools, they will attend this fall, are Madison Rylee Brown, Roanoke College; Tristan Alexander Brown,  Liberty University; Kathryn Alexis Haymaker, Hollins University; and Jordan Isaac McPeek, Virginia Tech.

The scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit in academic achievement, citizenship, leadership, extra-curricular activities and community involvement. Recipients must have a grade point average in the top10 percent of their graduating class.

Other requirements, stipulated by Mrs. Grubbs when she established the trust, are that the recipients must major in mathematics, biology, engineering, a physical science, computer science, any technical science developed since 1992, English or pre-medical school studies for students who intend to become physicians.

Mrs. Grubbs, who died at age 93 in 1997, came to Clifton Forge in 1923 as a young teacher. She taught elementary grades at Moody School (later Clifton Forge Elementary West) for 30 years.

She retired in 1953 and married Lee A. Grubbs, retired general superintendent of the Eastern Division of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway.

Mrs. Grubbs continued to live in Clifton Forge after her husband died in 1971. She maintained a keen interest in the field of education and kept up with current developments.

Mrs. Grubbs’ concern for education led her to create the charitable trust to motivate and benefit top students and those interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics as well as English and premedical studies, resulting in her bequest to the trust of $1.1 million.

At the time of her death, Mrs. Grubbs also left $1.1 million to Virginia United Methodist Family Services for the care of children who are assisted by it and $1.1 million to Virginia United Methodist Homes for financial assistance to residents in its retirement homes.


Four seniors from Alleghany High School have been awarded scholarships totaling $48,000 from the Augusta Schultz Grubbs Charitable Trust.The scholarships were awarded Wednesday, May 8, during a luncheon at Jackson River Technical Center. From left are Meade Snyder, trustee; recipients Tristan Brown, Jordan McPeek, Madison Brown and Kathryn Haymaker; and Jim Snyder, trustee. (Gavin Dressler Photo)