Joshua Austin, a May 2008 news-editorial graduate, was among eight WVU students who were awarded the Order of Augusta, the University’s most prestigious student honor, for their outstanding academic performance, campus leadership and public service.
For the Grafton, W.Va., native, a future in journalism – preferably in Moscow – is on the horizon.
Austin, who graduated with two degrees – a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism – recently earned a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship, which will permit him to study for one year at the University of Glasgow. The award is valued at over $23,000 and will help fund his work toward a master’s degree in international politics.
Austin is a contributing reporter for The Dominion Post and WVU Alumni Magazine. He also has volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House, served on the community advisory board for The Dominion Post and helped organize a triathlon to raise money for the Save Darfur Coalition.
He is the son of Sandra Johnston.
Recipients of the Order of Augusta are chosen from 50 WVU Foundation Outstanding Seniors for their achievements and were honored at the 2008 Honors Convocation at the WVU Coliseum in May.