Hannah McKinney wins JFK Award for prison advocacy work

Hannah McKinney ’15, an American studies major and history minor in the College of Arts and Sciences, received the John F. Kennedy Memorial Award May 4 to help her pursue a career in public service.

The Class of 1964 established the JFK Memorial Award to encourage well-qualified Cornell students to enter careers in government or public service. The $12,000 award endeavors to further President Kennedy’s interest in realizing the leadership potential of America’s youth. The Class of 1964 bestows the award annually on a graduating senior who has proven his or her commitment to contributing to the public through a career in government or public service and demonstrated a high level of academic achievement.

Upon graduation, McKinney plans to begin a career in human rights advocacy, focusing on violations committed by the United States and injustices in the prison system.

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