Jasmine Cofield of Flint, Michigan has an exceptionally bright future ahead of her. The college student was just named a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow for the work she’s done to help others in her community and around the country. Through a program called Alternative Break, Cofield has helped rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, and she has helped restore the facilities of centers that treat HIV/AIDS patients in Atlanta. Yes, she is deserving of such an honor. And while such an accomplishment is major, it’s not a rarity for someone like Cofield.
At 19, the student entered Central Michigan University as a junior. She managed to do that because while attending Mott Middle College (a high school in Flint), she earned three associate degrees. Mott Middle College is a transitional program that integrates both high school and college courses into student curriculum, and Cofield took full advantage of the opportunities. While most students at the school graduate with both their high school diploma and 15 college credits to take with them to an institution of higher learning, Cofield graduated with her high school diploma and three degrees. According to The Root, via The Black Home School, Cofield averaged a 4.0 GPA while at the school, and walked away with a cumulative GPA of 3.97. Such impeccable grades and community service work helped the student receive a wealth of scholarships, which fully cover her studies at Central Michigan University. She is currently in the process of finishing up school so that she can receive a bachelor’s degree in science from the University’s neuroscience program. She also plans to continue her studies in graduate school, and hopes to become a physicians’ assistant someday.
While she makes that dream come true, according to The Black Home School, Cofield will travel to Honduras with a program called Global Bridges later this year. She plans to volunteer her time in clinics in the country to improve them and to continue to help shape the world around her. If there were ever a reason to stand up and give someone the Cool Runnings slow clap, Jasmine Cofield definitely deserves it. As Cofield said in her Newman Civic Fellow profile, “I believe that a strong leader not only sets the example, but also has the ability to help and inspire others to recognize and reach their full potential as well.”