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Buctown Community: Austin Yalowitz

Austin Yalowitz rewarded for his academic excellence, leadership qualities, and his physical fitness with a grant that covers his four-year tuition costs.

Article from The University of Miami, NEWS @ The U.

Austin Yalowitz is a natural for the disciplined life.

As the son of a U.S. Marine, he grew up listening to stories of his father’s years of service to his country. During his high school years in Fort Lee, New Jersey, he became captain of the wrestling team, which involved daily rigorous physical exercise and training. And he did the work, while maintaining a 3.8 grade point average.

In December 2022, Austin was awarded a grant to cover his four-year tuition costs.

“I feel very honored and proud to have received this scholarship,” Yalowitz said. “It is a life-changing opportunity for me. I am able to pursue both my dreams of being in the army and pursuing a career in real estate.”

As a cadet in the ROTC program, he gets up at 5:30 a.m. three times a week for one hour of physical training, which varies from running, exercises, and weight training. In addition, he trains in Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts in a gym off campus.

This adds up to three to four hours of exercise a day.

“I find that on the days that I get up early and exercise I have more energy and can focus more on schoolwork,” he said.

Capt. Brian A. Geil, department head for the University Army ROTC, met Yalowitz seven months ago and has been impressed with Yalowitz’s discipline, eagerness, and work habits.

“He is a very hard worker,” said Geil. “He arrives early and is one of the last to leave and is always asking what else he can do to help his fellow cadets. “He is studious and very physically fit, one of our highest performers as far as physical fitness,” he added.

Geil said Yalowitz was chosen for the scholarship because of his academic excellence, physical fitness, and leadership skills. About 14,000 students applied for the scholarship and 2,300 nationally were awarded the scholarship, said Geil.


Austin, what an honor to witness all you have already achieved and are yet to achieve. It comes as no surprise to us that you are knocking down goals one at a time.

You are an incredible role model to our Buctown Family and entire Community. Near or far, we will always be in your corner!


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