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.