Scholarship Redirects Milo Student

February 11, 2018 | Kathy Hernandez

Four-year senior Taleigha Schnoor, as a freshman, was among the first group of students at Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek, Ore., to receive the Every Child Deserves to Know Christ Scholarship from the Oregon Conference. The scholarship is provided by a group of generous donors who are deeply committed to Adventist education. 

The scholarship became available after the fall semester began in 2014, so Schnoor enrolled a few weeks late, a decision which changed her life. In February 2015 she was the first scholarship recipient to be baptized. “I probably wouldn’t have gotten baptized my freshman year if I hadn’t been able to come to Milo, and I’d probably still be in public school," she says.

Schnoor also says being at Milo has “made a really big impact” on her these last four years. She credits hall worships with the resident assistants for helping to create a spiritual atmosphere in the dorm, where the girls come together and focus on God. She also appreciates her two student chaplain friends who have helped her grow in her relationship with God. 

“I definitely have a lot more faith, and I read my Bible more. I spend more time with God. Being secluded kind of helps you put your life into perspective,” Schnoor says of her time on the remote Milo campus. “If I were at home in public school, it wouldn’t be as much.”

Schnoor has been accepted to Walla Walla University, where she hopes to be able to attend this fall. “I really like Walla Walla and its spiritual atmosphere and the people there,” she says.

To her anonymous benefactors who have made it all possible she says, “A big thank you! It’s literally been the best thing that’s ever happened to me!”