Recipients are selected by a committee of The Alliance of AG Higher Education based on their outstanding academic merit and exemplary community church service, Christian life and personal references.
Tessa Kilsdonk and Adam Wood are recipients of the 2012 Ralph Riggs General Superintendent's Scholarships in the amount of $30,000 each, to be distributed to them over a four-year period. Eight additional graduates will receive a Riggs Scholarship of $5,000 each. All 10 students will attend an Assemblies of God college or university beginning in Fall 2012.
Tessa Kilsdonk, daughter of Reverend Rod and Lisa Kilsdonk, is a graduate of Baker High School in Baker, Montana, and plans to attend Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. According to her high school guidance counselor, Kilsdonk is "a very dedicated student and a respected leader among the student body."
"Thank you, AGTrust, for honoring me with this scholarship," she says. "My father pastors a small church and my parents now have three children attending an AG college, so this scholarship is a tremendous financial blessing for me and my family.
"I want to serve God by serving people. He has instilled a passion in my life for women and children who are enslaved," Kilsdonk says.
"At Evangel University, I will not only earn a degree that will allow me to work among those still searching for God, but I will also be challenged to mature spiritually. Evangel is where God has called me, to further equip me to help others find their place in God's family."
Adam Wood, son of Shea and Sally Wood, is a graduate of Salem High School in Salem, Missouri, and also plans to attend Evangel University.Academically, he ranks first in his senior class.
"From the time I was young, I knew I wanted to go to Evangel," Wood says. "But as my senior year started, I knew I would need a financial miracle for the door to be opened. When we received a call from AGTrust and they informed me that I was a recipient of the General Superintendent's Scholarship, I felt so relieved and honored. It is such a blessing to know that the finances are in place! I am happy to be a part of the Assemblies of God, and I am grateful that AGTrust honors education from a godly Christian standpoint."
Winners of the Ralph Riggs $5,000 Scholarships are Alaina Battaglia, Columbia, Missouri; Abigail Leathers, Wilton, Iowa; Erikah Pereira, Fremont, California; David Putman, Millington, Michigan; Jessica Reed, Lee's Summit, Missouri; Brittany Sylvester, Wichita, Kansas; Katelyn Terhark, Corwith, Iowa; and Corey Webb, Searcy, Arkansas.
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. Since 2009, AGTrust has awarded 42 high school graduates a total of $410,000 in Ralph Riggs Scholarships. This scholarship program is funded through the generosity of donors to AGTrust.