Oregon State University student-athlete Alex Austin uses his NIL earnings to launch a scholarship that’s open to all high school and college students in the United States.
The new scholarship is called “Alex Austin’s Overcoming Adversity Scholarship.” High schoolers and college undergraduates are invited to apply, which involves submitting a short essay. The prompt from the scholarship website states: “…in 500 words or less, tell us about a time that you encountered an obstacle or challenge. How did you navigate this situation, and what lessons did you learn from it?”
Three students will receive awards. One person will receive $1000. Two others will receive $500. Special consideration will be given to minority students, as well as students who are or will be the first in their family to attend college. The submission deadline is September 1st. Winners will be announced on September 30th.
Austin is partnering with Access Scholarships (a scholarship search engine and college resource platform) and Hirect (a chat-based direct-hiring app that focuses on top tech startup hiring) to make the scholarship available.
Austin shares his motivation for creating the scholarship: “This scholarship is important to me because I know that everyone battles with adversity at some point in their life. I myself had to overcome adversity to get me to where I am today. This is why I want to give back to students who have shown resilience in overcoming their own challenges.”
Austin is a defensive back from Long Beach, California. He’s majoring in marketing.