June Bright Future Scholarship Winner: John Lohrfink

John Lohrfink

Advancing His Journey of Public Service

John Lohrfink’s history of public service began when he was a teen. The NCU School of Business and Technology Management student served hundreds of hours as a volunteer Firefighter and reveled in helping his community.

“I was a ‘light’ for someone else, and the feeling of doing something good for others overwhelmed my senses,” he says.  

That feeling helped guide Lohrfink to work as a Firefighter, Paramedic, and Police Officer. His desire to learn led him to seek higher education. Now, he is earning his Doctor of Business Administration with a specialty in homeland security leadership and policy to further his contribution to the public.

Education is Priceless

“My late father told me, ‘An education is something that can never be taken away from you.’” explains Lohrfink. “I hope to instill the same ethic of hard work, dedication and educational reward in my children.”

Lohrfink earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with an emphasis in forensics from Southern Oregon University, and a master’s degree in management with a specialization in business continuity, security and risk management from Boston University before applying to Northcentral University. He also has a certificate in professional investigation and is currently serving the public as a Major Crimes Detective, Tactical Paramedic and Drug Recognition Expert.

Sharing his Journey

Lohrfink was one of six students who were awarded an NCU June Bright Future Scholarship. His wife was present when he learned the news and was elated. “I could not wait to call my mother,” he says. “My parents were both educators and the value of higher education in my family is priceless.” 

After graduating with his DBA, he plans to continue his public service in law enforcement and perhaps become a University professor following his retirement from the police department.

“I took a leap of faith when I enrolled in Northcentral University and applied for the NCU Bright Future Scholarship,” Lohrfink says. “Words cannot fully express my gratitude for being selected as one of the recipients. Thank you, Northcentral University!”