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J. Robert Ashcroft National Youth Scholarship Recipients Announced

Peyton Baldwin, Alexa DeSha, and Jo Dorsett were selected as the scholarship recipients for 2018-2019.

Two Evangel University students and a Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) student have been announced as the recipients for the 2018-2019 J. Robert Ashcroft National Youth Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually to three outstanding high school graduates who plan to attend an AG college or university.

Peyton Baldwin of Elizabeth, Colorado, was awarded an $8,000 scholarship and is currently attending Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri.

The daughter of Randy and June Baldwin, Peyton is focused on preparing for a future in both Intercultural Studies and English Education.

"At the age of 14, God gave me the desire to go overseas and teach English to students,” she says. “I believe it will be a wonderful opportunity for me in the future to be able to share something that is essential to their education and also allow me to influence their lives for Christ.

"In order to attend Evangel, I asked God to help me financially. When I received the Ashcroft scholarship, He seemed to be saying, 'Evangel is where I need you to be, now go.'"

Alexa DeSha, who also chose to attend Evangel, was the recipient of a $4,000 scholarship.

The daughter of Neil and Lisa DeSha of Jefferson City, Missouri, Alexa is pursuing a degree in biology with hopes of becoming a pediatrician.

"I have known for a long time I wanted to be in the medical field,” she states. “I feel God has called me to eventually participate in medical missions trips. I know there are many students with God-given abilities that are deserving of this scholarship. I feel honored to have been chosen to receive it!"

Jo Dorsett of Nixa, Missouri, was awarded a $2,000 and is currently attending SAGU in Waxahachie, Texas.

Jo is the daughter of Dave and Gayle Dorsett. She plans to double major in the areas of Family Ministry and Crisis Counseling.

"In 2007, I felt God was calling me to work with children in African villages,” she says. “I've looked at ways I can bring relief to people in need where I am now, all the while staying true to my calling."

Dorsett feels that the education she will receive at SAGU will be a useful tool in her efforts to bring hope to children in Africa.

This AGTrust scholarship program honors the memory of Dr. J. Robert Ashcroft (1912-1995), a longtime educator and leader in the Assemblies of God and president of four Assemblies of God colleges. It is funded by the Assemblies of God Trust and sponsored by the Alliance for AG Higher Education and National Youth Offices at the Assemblies of God national offices in Springfield, Missouri.

AGTrust provides AG college and university students, who will passionately proclaim the Pentecostal distinctive in the pulpit and marketplace, with four types of annual scholarships and grants: the J. Robert Ashcroft Scholarship, the Making THE Difference Scholarship, the Ralph Riggs Scholarship, and the AG Next Generation Grant.

Due to generous support, AGTrust has awarded 1,299 scholarships and grants totaling over $3.4 million during its first decade (2008-2018).

To learn more about qualifications and application deadlines for AGTrust scholarships and grants, click here or see colleges.ag.org.


The Assemblies of God Trust (AGTrust) is charged with special initiatives from the Office of the General Superintendent to advance a healthy, growing Assemblies of God Fellowship and to empower future generations. Those initiatives are: to plant churches; strengthen existing churches; and scholarship future leaders.