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Senior Jake Lofton selected for two ASU leadership scholarships

Jake LoftonCibola High School Senior and Student Body President Jake Lofton was recently selected for two leadership scholarships that he will use while attending Arizona State University in the fall.

Lofton was awarded the ASU Leadership Scholarship Program (LSP) and the ASU Next Generation Service Corps.

“I’m so excited to have been selected as a recipient of the ASU Leadership Scholarship Program and the ASU Next Generation Service Corp program,” Lofton said. “It is a huge honor and I’m very humbled. I feel confident that either program will provide me with amazing opportunities to help build on my leadership skills, provide networking opportunities and mentorship. I am looking forward to what the future holds for me.”

According to their website, the ASU LSP recognizes outstanding high school graduating seniors who have achieved excellence in leadership. Twenty-three high school seniors from Arizona and up to two out-of-state high school seniors are selected for the scholarship each year.

Students in the program will participate in the following:
• Two leadership development courses designed specifically for this program.
• Mentoring by an ASU staff member.
• Monthly meetings with all current ASU LSP students.
• Social activities, such as a leadership retreat and holiday events.
• Community service.
• Networking with LSP alumni.
• Living on the campus of their major (required for first-year recipients).

The ASU Next Generation Service Corps is the first of its kind, four-year leadership development program that trains students from all majors to address these challenges. Students develop interdisciplinary networks and experience firsthand how collaboration among the public, private, nonprofit and military sectors can create meaningful change locally and globally.

• Program participants must meet and complete all program requirements in eight consecutive semesters**:
*A 3.0 cumulative GPA
*Complete a minimum of 30 credits per academic year
*Complete one internship in each of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors and complete internship reflection assignments
*Completion of 2 service events each semester.
*Participation in one leadership seminar each semester.
*Participation in one civilian-military collaboration event per semester.
*Attendance at the annual retreat.
*Attendance and participation in Mission Team meetings throughout each semester.
*Maintain forward progress through the six-course** curriculum of the program.

“I am very proud of him for applying for these two scholarships,” CHS Counselor Teresa Davis said. “His self-discipline, leadership, and hard work are paying off. Jake has managed to do well academically, while at the same time balancing a challenging extra-curricular schedule. He stays busy being involved in student leadership, and athletics. He has served as an officer for the Class of 2021 since his freshman year. This year he is Cibola’s Student Body President. Over the years he has facilitated and organized many different events for the school through student council. Thanks to his leadership and teamwork all events have gone smoothly.”

Kevin Swearingin