Krystina Harper of Pine, a 2000 graduate of Payson High School, is one of 21 Leadership Scholarship recipients at Arizona State University who will be introduced during pregame ceremonies at the ASU-Washington football game Oct. 14.
The ASU Leadership Scholarship program selects 17 outstanding high school seniors from Arizona and four from out-of-state each year, providing them with four-year tuition wavers as well as supplemental scholarships.
Throughout their four years at ASU, they receive leadership development through special classes and workshops, academic enrichment and personal advisement. Students also participate in community service activities and are encouraged to make positive contributions to the university through campus leadership positions.
They also participate in an annual retreat and various social activities throughout the year. Students also have the opportunity to interact with alumni from the program.
Last year's Leadership Scholars coordinated a service project to bring 40 high school students from Thomas J. Pappas school for homeless children to the ASU campus for a shadow day. This year's scholars will plan a similar event with Pappas students.
Participants must maintain a 3.0 grade-point average and complete at least 24 hours of class work each year. To be considered for the program, Arizona students must be nominated by their high school counselors. Students from other states are eligible for consideration through Key Club International, a Kiwanis-affiliated service organization.