Education Empowers

Darin believed education was a key to winning the war on terrorism. We cannot continue his work in Afghanistan, but we can carry on his mission of education in our community.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Gift

On Christmas Eve word was received of a wonderful gift from the AT&T Foundation. Tim Weatherford shared the following, “The AT & T Foundation added Darin's scholarship to the select group of funds they officially support. Each dollar given to his scholarship fund by an AT&T employee will be matched up to $15,000 annually per employee.” Many thanks to Tim as he markets the information to his fellow employees.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

A Message From Tim

Greetings CCHS class of ’86,

Just a note to let you know I am actively working with a number of contacts to consider giving to Darin's fund as they plan for their end of year giving. I encourage you to do the same. I believe we can exceed the half-way mark to having the scholarship endowed before the end of the year.

 Please click on the following link to make an online, tax deductible, donation. Then, click the John Darin Loftis Scholarship Fund”.

For Darin,


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Thank You Air Evac Lifeteam!

Air Evac Lifeteam provides emergency helicopter flights throughout the south eastern United States and parts of Texas. While these flights are life saving they are also quite expensive, upwards of $15,000. Some insurance companies will pay for the flight, some insurance companies will pay a portion and some do not cover emergency flights. Air Evac Lifeteam provides a membership program that will pay for the part not covered by insurance. If there is no insurance, the program will pay the entire cost of the flight. The cost of membership is $50 - $60 a year, a real bargain; members of Farm Bureau will get a $10 discount, an even better bargain!

Air Evac Lifeteam has graciously agreed to donate $10 from every new membership enrollee, that uses a designated code, to the J.Darin Loftis Memorial Scholarship Fund. Mark Thorn, CCHS class of '86 member and part of the scholarship team, is a flight nurse for Air Evac Lifeteam. Mark will be happy to provide additional information including the codes for Farm Bureau members and scholarship donations. Mark can be reached at or 270-832-2110.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Update on Scholarship Fund

To date the Community Foundation of Western Kentucky has received contributions from 37 donors totaling $5810. Combined with the pledges from members of the CCHS Class for the next five years, we are at $11,970, or 39% of our $30,000 goal. Pledges have come from Florida, Texas, as well as Kentucky and Tennessee. Both the MurrayLedger and the Paducah Sun had stories about the fund this week, and the West Kentucky Star had provided online coverage as well.

Please be aware that the Community Foundation has a new mailing address:
P.O. Box 7, Paducah, KY 42002-0007. Please make your pledge payments payable to the Community Foundation of Western Kentucky and reference the Loftis Scholarship Fund in the memo line. You may also donate via the foundation website.

Thanks again to everyone who has committed to support this effort. We are well on our way to achieving our goal!

Jennifer Jarrett


Thursday, May 24, 2012

CCHS Class of '86 Will Preserve the Memory of J. Darin Loftis

On February 25, 2012, Lt Col John Darin Loftis, a 1986 graduate of Calloway County High School (CCHS), and a Special Operations officer with the U.S. Air Force, was shot and killed in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Fluent in Pashto, he also spoke Dari, the local languages. Darin was back in Afghanistan for his second tour. His service in the Air Force was highlighted by his search for a different approach to American military presence in Afghanistan in which the military worked side-by-side with the Afghan military and police to resolve issues of public safety with respect for religion and tradition.  He had been given the Pashto name of Esan, meaning the quality of being generous.

When the news media broke the story of Darin’s death in the shooting of two officers inside the highly secured Afghanistan Interior Ministry, his CCHS classmates began to share their memories on Facebook, email, and on the phone.  As a high school student, Darin excelled in languages and the sciences, but his wide-ranging interests also included playing the oboe in the high school band as well as participating in track, football, and tennis.  He was voted Most Studious by his classmates his senior year. He went on to graduate from Vanderbilt University and serve in the United States Peace Corps before beginning his service in the U. S. Air Force. During the course of his Air Force career, he earned three master’s degrees. Darin demonstrated a life of service and lifelong learning.

Based on their conversations on Facebook and email, members of the 1986 graduating class have set a goal to raise $30,000 over the next five years to fund an endowed scholarship in his name to honor and remember Darin’s service and commitment.  The scholarship will be awarded annually to a CCHS senior demonstrating academic excellence, interest in international affairs, and community service.  Indicators may include intent to study foreign languages, academic record, and volunteerism.   Pledges presently total about $7500.  The class is hoping the community will choose to support this scholarship fund in honor of Darin’s military service.

Class members recognized their own limitations to accept and manage funds and researched community foundation options available in Kentucky, and identified the Community Foundation of West Kentucky, which has a Murray-Calloway County affiliate.  The Community Foundation accepts contributions for scholarship funds and other community purposes and assures that that the funds are managed in compliance with donor intent for the long-term.

Contributions to the fund may be made via check to the Community Foundation of West Kentucky, P.O. Box 7901, Paducah, KY 42002 with a note in the memo field, John Darin Loftis Scholarship Fund.