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.

About the Scholarship


The J. Darin Loftis Memorial Scholarship was established by the Calloway County High School Class of ’86 in memory and honor of fellow classmate, Lt Col J. Darin Loftis.

 

The scholarship will be awarded to a Calloway County High School senior based on academic success, volunteerism and interest in international study. The goal of the class is to raise $30,000 in five years so the scholarship will be endowed and Darin will always be remembered. It is a fitting tribute to a man who loved learning and valued education.

 

A 1990 graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Darin served two years in the Peace Corps before joining the Air Force in 1996.

 
During his military career he applied and was accepted into the International Affairs Specialist program. After two years of study at the Naval Post Graduate School and the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California he became a South Asia Regional Affairs Strategist. With his love and gift for languages, Darin became proficient in Pashto, the prominent language of Afghans. He also learned a working knowledge of Dari, the other official language of Afghanistan. His job was to teach the culture to the Special Operation Forces that would be working alongside the Afghans as they assisted the Afghan military and police in taking over the security of their country. Darin was killed on February 25, 2012 while working in the Afghanistan Interior Ministry in Kabul.

 
In an interview with Northwest Florida Daily News, Darin’s wife, Holly expressed his view on the value of education; “He knew education opens doors and minds and that is the key to people understanding each other.”

 
Darin earned three master degrees while serving in the USAF.  

 

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