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by Sarah Cushing - Office of Marketing | Jun 29, 2015
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Megan Knorr
Fall 2015 University of Valley Forge (UVF) freshman Megan Knorr received the Riggs Scholarship from the Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education of the General Council of the Assemblies of God. She will begin her studies in the UVF Education Program and become equipped to change the world for Christ.

From Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, Knorr was one of eight high school senior applicants in the country awarded the Riggs Scholarship due to their academic standing and leadership potential. She was delivered news of the scholarship one week after finalizing her decision to attend UVF. “The scholarship was a solidification that I made the right choice,” Knorr said.

For the Knorrs, UVF is a family affair. Knorr’s father, Brian Knorr ’90, graduated from the Pastoral Ministry program at UVF. For years, Knorr recalls that her father spoke highly of the academics and professors at UVF and had fond memories of his life as a student. Knorr’s older sister, junior Carrie Knorr, and older brother, sophomore Brian Knorr, are also enrolled at UVF. “I was not planning on coming here,” Knorr admitted. “But my whole plan changed, and I decided I wanted to do something with teaching or preaching.”

She continued, “I just wanted to be a part of God’s plan.” When she contacted the university, she shared her financial, academic and spiritual needs with the Office of Admissions. Knorr was encouraged by Carrie Maurio, a UVF admissions counselor, to attend UVF and said of Maurio, “She jumped over fences for me." Maurio showed Knorr that the University of Valley Forge invested in her from the beginning and believed her potential and heart for God would thrive within the UVF community. “That’s when I knew this is the place I needed to be because it already felt like people were working really hard for me to come here,” Knorr said.  

Knorr graduated from Crestwood High School in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, on June 12, 2015, with honors. She was a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society. She was a Young Scholar, a Crestwood High School newspaper editor and an accomplished athlete, lettering in girl’s track and field and cross country. She also founded and led the Crestwood Bible Club and volunteered for the Red Cross. Knorr was also heavily involved with her family’s home church, Mountain Top Family Church. 

The Riggs Scholarship was named after Ralph Riggs, former Assemblies of God general superintendent (1953–1959) and higher education advocate. The Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education supports Assemblies of God colleges and universities. It provides educational, theological and spiritual standards as well as educational and financial resources.