Samantha Clemo of Sykesville, Maryland, and Adam Yaros of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, have been named the 2010 recipients of the General Superintendent’s Scholarship, worth $30,000.
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The scholarships are part of the Ralph Riggs Scholarship program, funded by AGTrust and administered by the Assemblies of God Alliance for Higher Education. Eight other high school seniors are being awarded Ralph Riggs Scholarships worth $5,000 each.
Ralph Riggs scholarships are disbursed over a four-year period, and only to students entering an Assemblies of God college or university.
“What a blessing! I am so excited,” Yaros says. “It doesn’t get any better. I plan to apply every penny of it in ways that glorify God.”
Coincidentally, both Clemo and Yaros have chosen to attend Valley Forge Christian College, in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Clemo plans to major in youth ministry and Yaros in theological studies.
For Clemo, being awarded the General Superintendent’s Scholarship was the deciding factor in choosing Valley Forge, not to mention an answer to prayer.
“I had a full ride scholarship to [a nondenominational school],” Clemo says. “However I felt the Spirit leading me to look at an AG school, but it was just going to be too difficult financially. This [scholarship] was confirmation.”
Scholarships are awarded based on outstanding academic merit, exemplary community and church service, Christian life and personal references.
The Ralph Riggs Scholarship is named for former Assemblies of God General Superintendent Ralph M. Riggs, an early advocate for higher education in the Fellowship. Current General Superintendent George O. Wood shares his predecessor’s passion for investing in the future of the Fellowship’s youth.
“The Riggs Scholarship continues [Riggs’] legacy by providing generous financial assistance to select high school graduates who meet the highest qualifications of excellence in their personal life, community and church service, scholarship, and commitment to Christ,” Wood says.
“The Riggs Scholarship program is funded through the generosity of donors to AG Trust. Anyone desiring to assist in contributing to this worthy scholarship program is invited to give through becoming a member of AG Trust.”
Applications and required criteria for the Ralph Riggs Scholarship can be found at www.agtrust.org. Scholarships are awarded annually by a committee of the Assemblies of God Alliance for Higher Education, chaired by Dr. Robert Cook, president.
“The Riggs Scholarship program sends a strong message to our high school students that the Fellowship desires to invest in their future,” Cook says. “We have very talented students in our Fellowship; thus, it is strategic for us to encourage them to attend our schools. Funding scholarships for them makes good sense!”
Here is the complete list of 2010 Ralph Riggs Scholarship awardees:
General Superintendent’s $30,000 Scholarships:
Samantha Clemo – Sykesville, MD
Adam Yaros – Wilkes-Barre, PA
Ralph Riggs $5,000 Scholarships:
Daniel Borden – Waxahachie, TX
Heidi Borden – Waxahachie, TX
Paloma Douglas – Lamar, CO
Dylan Johnston – Temple, TX
Lindsey Kehn – Libby, MT
Jude Lane – Siloam Springs, AR
Tiffany Pugh – Simi Valley, CA
Christopher Wilson – Stigler, OK
The scholarship recipients will be attending the following Assemblies of God colleges this Fall: Evangel University (Springfield, Missouri); Southeastern University (Lakeland, FL); Southwestern AG University (Waxahachie, Texas); Valley Forge Christian College (Phoenixville, PA) and Vanguard University (Costa Mesa, CA).