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Senior cadet awarded Marshall Scholarship
U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet 1st Class Austin McKinney was named a Marshall Scholarship winner for 2010. Cadet McKinney, a Michigan native, is the Academy's 11th Marshall Scholar and is the top-ranked cadet in the Class of 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Senior cadet awarded Marshall Scholarship

Posted 11/30/2009   Updated 11/30/2009 Email story   Print story


11/30/2009 - U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- A senior cadet here has been named as a 2010 Marshall Scholarship winner.

Cadet 1st Class Austin McKinney, a Michigan native, is the Air Force Academy's 11th Marshall Scholar.

Cadet McKinney plans to receive two separate master's degrees, one in Latin American studies and another in globalization and Latin American development at the University of London in England.

"It is an honor to be chosen for such an award," cadet Mckinney said. "I will be proud to represent the U.S. Air Force in the United Kingdom for two years."

Ranked top of the 2010 class academically, Cadet McKinney is majoring in management with a minor in Spanish. He has participated in a language immersion program to Nerja, Spain, spent a semester abroad to Tecnológico de Monterrey, a university in Querétaro, Mexico, and more recently had a role in a Georgetown University political science and economics study program in Prague, Czech Republic.

While in Mexico, Cadet McKinney collected more than 100 hours of community service teaching children mathematics and basic English. However, Cadet McKinney's generosity doesn't end there: he has also worked as a volunteer teacher in the local agriculture markets of Quito, Ecuador, and mentored a child in the Colorado Springs community while serving as a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters.

"I grew up in a service-oriented family - my father was an Air Force officer, and my mom was a teacher," Cadet McKinney said, adding that his parents "taught to always give back to others when possible."

Marshall Scholarships finance up to 40 young Americans of high ability to study for a degree at a school of their choosing in the United Kingdom each year, according to the Marshall Scholarship Web site, http://www.marshallscholarship.org/.

11/30/2009 11:54:42 PM ET
Way to go, Austin! As your father, I couldn't be prouder of the job you have done in four years at the Academy. The Air Force Academy has given you many wonderful opportunities and you have truly distinguished yourself in the class of 2010. Congrats from the whole family...
Blaine Mckinney, Canton Michigan
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