Loyola Marymount University incoming freshman Lauren Froderman was the winner of Fox Broadcasting’s “So You Think You Can Dance” television show contest Aug. 12.

Froderman, who took home the $250,000 first-place prize, will soon join the show’s national tour, which begins Sept. 19.

She says she will defer admission until January so that she can join the show’s touring troupe this fall, but remains committed to LMU. The popular dance contest winner will also become “the new face of Gatorade,” which sponsors the show, according to Fox.

Froderman had a 4.25 grade point average and ranked in the top 10 percent of her senior class in Phoenix. She plans to be a teacher and has been accepted as a liberal studies major, which prepares students for careers as schoolteachers.

LMU awarded her an academic merit Arrupe Scholarship, named in the honor of Pedro Arrupe, a longtime superior general of the Society of Jesus.

“Lauren’s plans have not changed,” said her father, Troy. “We are very excited about her going to LMU and obviously we are ecstatic about Lauren winning.”

Clips of her performances during the show can be viewed at the show’s Web site. The contest finished its seventh season and runs for 10 weeks each summer, featuring dancers who are selected in auditions around the country.

They perform in an extended elimination competition in front of judges that is broadcast over most of the episodes and the home viewing audience is asked to vote on their favorites for finalists, and eventually for the winner.

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