Erin Gaddis was selected as the female winner of the GSNS scholarship. She is from Steelville, Missouri and graduated from Steelville High School. She participated in plenty of extracurricular high school activities including Student Council, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Class of 2015 student government, and Honors Band.
Gaddis is actively involved in her church and community. She has competed in the Fine Arts festivals at the district and national levels for the past seven years, placing top 10 multiple times and winning a National Award of Merit for Worship Dance Troupe in 2011.
In her town, she has been a member of the Missouri Community Betterment program and Steelville Youth Council for the past six years. Through these organizations, she has gained experience in planning and executing projects and events.
Gaddis is majoring in Human Services-Psychology and has a passion to help others. She said, "I am very excited to find out what God has in store for me as I begin my journey of higher education at SAGU!"
Bree Manning is a GSNS semi-finalist. She is from Toxey, Alabama and attended South Choctaw Academy (SCA). In high school, she was in the National Art Society and the National BETA Club. She was also the Student Government and FCA president at SCA.
Manning will be pursuing a bachelor's in Church Leadership in the new LEAD program and an associate degree in Education. She wants to work in the children's department at a church and teach elementary education.
Tyler Peterson is from Montrose, Colorado, and graduated from Vision Charter Academy. He is also a GSNS semi-finalist. He is pursuing a bachelor's in Pastoral Ministries with a minor in Intercultural Studies. He wants to become a missionary and feels called to the Philippines.
The Riggs Scholarship Fund is made available by the AG Trust through The Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education. It is distributed in the following ways:
The General Superintendent's National Scholarship (GSNS) consists of two scholarships of up to $30,000 each (awarded over a 4-year period) awarded to one male and one female high school graduate who will be attending an Assemblies of God endorsed institution of higher education.
Ten finalists are selected; the eight not chosen for the GSNS receive a one-time $5,000 scholarship awarded over the first two semesters enrolled in an AG school.
AG Trust partners with AG Higher Education to "advance the training of leaders for future generations by providing scholarships for students planning to attend or attending Assemblies-of-God-endorsed, higher education institutions."
AG Trust also provides loan repayment assistance for graduates of AG colleges and universities.
For more information about AG Trust and to complete an application, visit AG Trust Online. For more information about the Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education, visit AG.org.
"The General Council of the Assemblies of God appreciates the diversity of the Body of Christ and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, color, national origin, or age in the rewarding of scholarships."
Southwestern Assemblies of God University 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 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU