Ernest Nelson Irby Good Samaritan Scholarship Fund

Ernest Nelson Irby was a product of the public school system of Greenville County, South Carolina. He graduated from Sterling High School in 1967.

After graduating from high school, he entered North Carolina A&T State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in business administration in 1971. Irby also completed Banking School at the University of South Carolina.

Irby retired as a vice president and community development manager. For 19 years, he was employed by Central Carolina Bank, formerly American Federal Bank and then Sun Trust Bank.

After being retired for a few months, he started consulting for Greenville County Human Relations. Driven by his love for people, he accepted another position that would allow him to continue his life's work. He taught financial literacy classes to people who wanted to become first-time homeowners. He also volunteered to feed the homeless.

Irby attributed much of his dedication and commitment to volunteerism to individuals who helped him in his formative years. He believed one should give back to the community; therefore, he served the community with his time, talent and financial resources.

The Ernest Nelson Irby Good Samaritan Scholarship Fund


In memory of Mr. Ernest Nelson Irby, his wife, Violeita Irby, and children, attorney Ernest Nelson Irby II and Dr. Risha Irby Irvin, wish to create the Ernest Nelson Irby Good Samaritan Scholarship Fund. This fund will support students who demonstrate financial hardship and a significant involvement in community service and positive scholarly advancement.

Scholarship awards will be made based on the following criteria:

• Admission to North Carolina A&T State University and enrollment as a full-time undergraduate student
• Minimum 2.5 GPA
• Applicants must be a resident of South Carolina
• Applicants chosen must demonstrate financial need and some community involvement
• Recipients eligible for one-time award

Pledge Form for the Ernest Nelson Irby Good Samaritan Scholarship Fund