by Public Relations Office
June 26, 2002
Cedarville, Ohio—The inaugural Autio Family Scholarships, created by Beavercreek residents Clyde F. and Jean Y. Autio, have been awarded to Cedarville University students Elizabeth A. Byers of Avon, Ind.; Jesse K. Frederick of Dot Lake, Alaska; and Rachel A. Klawer of Bergen, N.Y.
The scholarships will be presented annually to three Cedarville University juniors who have a minimum GPA of 3.0, are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in engineering, nursing, or education, and have financial need. Byers is an education major, Frederick an engineering major, and Klawer a nursing major. The scholarship will continue into the students’ senior years, as long as the students maintain a 2.5 GPA, continue to pursue one of the above-mentioned majors, and hold biblical character principles. The Autios formed this scholarship to encourage young people “to become ardent advocates of biblical principles in the marketplace of their lives.”
Jean Autio, a registered nurse, was commissioned in the United States Air Force as a nurse and met Clyde while on active duty in Japan. Upon the completion of active duty, the Autios moved to the Fairborn area and later to the Xenia area.
Jean worked at the Greene County Board of Health as a public health nurse, and in 1973 she became one of the first certified pediatric nurse practitioners in the Miami Valley. In 1979 she earned a bachelor of science in education degree and took a position at Dayton Children’s Medical Center. Jean retired from Children’s Medical Center in 1989 and became a pediatric nurse practitioner for the Pediatric Clinics at Wright-Patterson Air Force Medical Center.
Since her full retirement in 1994, Jean has served a four-year term on the Greene County Children’s Services Board. She has been involved in both community service and supporting her husband in ministries to the Armed Forces.
Clyde, a major general and pilot, retired from the Air Force in 1989. Since then he has been involved in community service and Armed Forces ministries, including service as president-elect of the National Aviation Hall of Fame; chairman of the aviation events committee for the Dayton Inventing Flight’s 100th anniversary of powered flight; and member of the board of directors for the Greene County Crisis Pregnancy Center.
Clyde, who holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, was one of the first recipients of the Air Force Missile Badge. When the DC-8 he was aboard crashed in the early 1960s, killing 23 people, he received the first Airman’s Medal for his rescue efforts. His military decorations also include the Distinguished Service Medal and Legion of Merit.
Clyde left active duty in 1963 and entered the scientific and technical intelligence (S&TI) career field as a ballistic systems analyst with the Air Force Foreign Technology Division (FTD). In 1988, he became an adjunct professor for engineering calculus and management at Cedarville University.
Clyde’s civic affiliations have included the Xenia City School Board; Tau Beta Pi (engineering honor society); Reserve Officers Association and the Air Force Association (past president); and Association of Graduates of the Air Force Institute of Technology.
The Autios have two married children, Kim Lee and Steve Halula of Mequon, Wis., Kerry and Janet Autio of Springboro, and three grandchildren, Elizabeth, Christian, and Rachel of Springboro.
For more information about how to create a scholarship at Cedarville University, contact the office of gift planning at 1-800-766-1115.
Located in Cedarville, Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited Baptist University of arts, sciences, professional, and graduate programs. Offering 100 areas of study to approximately 3,000 students, the University features an award-winning campus computer network and a worldwide Christian ministries program.