UVF Receives Scholarship Gift

by Office of Marketing | Jan 30, 2015
Aldolfo Carrion Sr., Ph.D.
The University of Valley Forge (UVF) received a generous donation for a scholarship fund from the Assemblies of God (AG) Spanish Eastern District on Dec. 16, 2014. The Spanish Eastern District’s donation established a scholarship in honor of the late Adolfo Carrión Sr., Ph.D. 

"This gift will support scholarships for deserving students at the university for generations to come," Executive Vice President Dan Mortensen, Ph.D., said. "The university is grateful for the leadership of Rev. Manuel Alvarez, Rev. Virginia Maldonado and Mrs. Noreen Burmudez who helped to bring about this gift."

The Adolfo Carrión Sr. Endowment Fund is named after one of the most influential, motivated and committed leaders in the AG church. Carrión was a leader in the Spanish Eastern District for nearly 40 years. He served as treasurer of The Council of Churches of the City of New York and was a founding chairman of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition. He increased the Spanish Eastern District from 47 congregations in New York to more than 360 congregations in the Eastern United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, the Caribbean and Central and South America. 

Carrión also served as Spanish Eastern District superintendent and later on as superintendent emeritus. He devised Camp Mahanaim, a 120-acre camp in the Catskill Mountains of New York. The camp was home to the Spanish Eastern School of Theology, Carrión s vision of a bilingual Bible school in the Northeast region. Although the school has moved to a different location, the camp still hosts summer camps for children and ministers' retreats. 

He organized the Assemblies of God District of Puerto Rico and the Southeastern Spanish District of Florida, now the Florida Multicultural District. As an Assemblies of God leader, he served in many roles including: president of the Association of Interdenominational Pentecostal Leaders, executive director of the AG Bible College of Puerto Rico (Colegio Teológico del Caribe) and executive director of Radiovisión Cristiana. Carrión also served as a member of the UVF Board of Trustees from 1997–1998. Upon his retirement, President Don Meyer, Ph.D., wrote him a letter of gratitude saying, "Thank you for your faithful leadership and sterling testimony of consistency in every area of your life. You are admired and appreciated by all who know you." Carrión passed away on Sept. 5, 2014 at 79 years old.

The endowment will build a stronger connection between the Spanish Eastern District and UVF. "In addition to this financial support, the Spanish Eastern District is strongly encouraging students to attend the university, as demonstrated by the increasing number of students who call the Spanish Eastern District home," Mortensen said. 

The Spanish Eastern District will convey the fund's importance to district pastors and churches. Mortensen shared, "We encourage additional gifts to the fund in order to provide even more opportunities for the university to be a blessing to the Spanish Eastern District and its students."

UVF is grateful for the Spanish Eastern District's supportive relationship and the many wonderful opportunities this gift will bring for the students of the university and the district.

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