2017 Tillman Scholar

Austin McKinney

Air Force
Harvard University
MBA | M.S., Mechanical Engineering

“Our generation has a duty to preserve national security through international cooperation.”

Following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Austin’s passion for military service was deeply held from a young age. Six years in the U.S. Air Force across four continents taught him more about life and the world than he ever dreamed possible. In addition to a profound admiration for all Americans who serve, Austin learned the indispensable role that the United States plays in ensuring global peace and prosperity.

Through his training in the Air Force, Austin learned Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese to become a Regional Affairs Strategist for Latin America. He served at the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá to advance bilateral relations with the Colombian military. He also deployed with a humanitarian assistance mission in Honduras to build an elementary school and provide medical care to rural communities. In these roles, Austin saw firsthand how U.S. Government agencies and the military work together to formulate and implement American foreign policy.

After his MBA studies in finance, investment, and commerce, Austin aspires to serve in the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service to advance international economic policy. Outside of school, Austin continues his passion for the military and community development through serving in the Air Force Reserve and the Board of Advisors for the YMCA of Boston’s Chinatown. Austin’s long-term objective is to be a senior leader in government for foreign policy. He aims to promote American values and international cooperation to guarantee security and prosperity for all.