Austin, a National Merit Commended Scholar, is a member of the Preministerial Scholars Program. Through that program, he interned with Moasic, an inner-city church with an active homeless ministry. Last summer, he studied in Spain and volunteered with the Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform. Building on his passion for activism, Austin is also an officer of SAFE Samford and works with a local coalition of student activists for immigrant rights and immigrant policy reform. He will be studying abroad in Amman, Jordan, in January 2013.