Powell is a senior from Corinth with a double major in public policy leadership and philosophy and a minor in business administration. He is a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College.
Powell will travel to Birmingham, Ala. on Nov. 18 to interview with the Rhodes Trust.
The Rhodes Trust is the oldest of the major international competitive award foundations and provides 32 of the most outstanding undergraduates in the United States an opportunity to study at the University of Oxford in England.
The University of Mississippi has had 28 Rhodes Scholars, dating back to 1905. The last Rhodes Scholar from the University of Mississippi was Shad White in 2009.
Austin is the son of former state senator Eric Powell who represented district 4 from 2008 to 2012. His mother is Gwen Salters Powell.
Powell has been active with ASB for all his four years at UM. He has been assistant director of the Ole Miss Big Event, Social Chair for the Columns Society, has served on numerous university committees and is the student representative on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on History and Context.
He is a member of Sigma Chi, Omicron Delta Kappa and Lambda Sigma, and has been named Trent Lott Institute Scholar as well as McLean Innovation Scholar.
For his thesis he is researching “Entrepreneurial Correctional Education in the Criminal Justice System.” He has taught entrepreneurial and leadership development in the Marshall County Correctional Facility.