Published: Dec 17, 2009 1:13:00 PM
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Auburn University industrial and systems engineering students Marcus Farris and Shawn O'Brien have been named the 2010 Brig. Gen. Robert L. Davis and Barbara Davis scholars. The scholarship was established by the Davises to support students who have served in the U.S. military or are serving in an ROTC program.
Farris is a contracted cadet in Auburn's Army ROTC program. He was born in Angeles City, outside Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines, and has lived around the globe. He graduated from Grissom High School in Huntsville, where he was a member of the Army JROTC program. Farris plans to spend his required four years as an Army officer before exploring job opportunities in the automotive industry as an industrial engineer.
O'Brien is a senior in Auburn's Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) program. He is a native of Niceville, Fla., and the son of an active duty Air Force officer. He graduated in May 2006 from Evangel Christian Academy, where he was class valedictorian. O'Brien has held several cadet corps positions, ranging from training instructor to physical fitness officer, and is currently in charge of the cadet group involved with pregame ceremonies for home football games. After graduation and commissioning, O'Brien hopes to receive an assignment to pilot training.
Davis and his wife met and married at Auburn. He was later commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Over the next 31 years, they raised two children while living the life of an Army family serving throughout the United States and overseas. In 2005, he retired from the Army and joined a private engineering firm. They currently reside in Huntington Beach, Calif.