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Student wins Dr. Pepper scholarshipWaxahachie, TX – January 11, 2012 – On January 6, Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGUjunior Glorie Ndongala won the runner-up $23,000 tuition prize after competing for the grand prize of $100,000 at the 2011 Dr. Pepper Million Dollar Tuition Giveaway Promotion and Contest. The pass competition aired during the 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl’s half-time show at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX.

Finalists tossed footballs into a 2-foot hole in an oversized soda can replica from five yards away. The fan who successfully completed the most throws in 30 seconds won the grand prize scholarship. Glorie made 15 throws, while his competitor, Erin Rhodes, made 17. 

Originally from Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ndongala’s family was forced to flee when he was still an infant due to political unrest. Ndongola was introduced to SAGU by his youth pastor Joel Sosa, a SAGU alumnus, who brought his youth group for a campus visit. Ndongola says, “I knew I was supposed to be here as soon as I set foot on the campus.” With only $3,000 in his pocket, he asked Sosa for a one-way ticket to Texas.

College has been financially difficult for Ndongala. But he shares how God has miraculously provided for him each year. "Since I arrived at SAGU, I have experienced one financial blessing after another,” says Ndongala. “To God be the glory. Prayer moves the heart of God, and through prayer, God does the impossible.”

Dr. Pepper asked college students (ages 18-24) to post college football and Dr. Pepper themed videos that are no more than one minute in length, an original creation, and suitable for publication. Videos are judged on the impact of tuition prize on contestant’s life and overall presentation quality. Click here for full contest requirements and conditions.

Click here to watch Glorie and the other contestants’ thank you video.

Ndongala will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and associate degrees in Psychology and Bible in the fall of 2012. He attends University Church in Waxahachie. Ndongala has been invited to preach at local youth groups and SAGU off-campus devotionals. Ndongala and fiancee Katie Winkowitsch will marry May 12, 2012. They will move to New York to work with street ministries while preparing a team to return to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where they will partner with local churches to build an orphanage.

Read the Fall 2011 SAGU Today for more about Glorie’s story.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The University was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.