Student Spotlight: Marian Royston, Mitchell Scholar

Marian Royston will have a degree in history, soon - but she has already made history as Auburn University's first Mitchell Scholar. She will utilize the scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in leadership for sustainable rural development at Queens University of Belfast. The scholarship program, named to honor former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell's contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, selects students for their scholarship, leadership and commitment to community and public service.

Royston is from Roanoke, Alabama and is an Honors College student who will graduate in May with a degree in history and a double minor in political science and community and civic engagement in the College of Liberal Arts. 

Among her long list of extraordinary endeavors and accomplishments include mentoring young people with the Macon Youth Development Initiative in Macon County, Alabama; participating in the Appalachian Community Development Alternative Spring Break in which she helped transcribe mountain dialect for an oral history project; and last summer she was a Living Democracy Fellow in Hobson City, Alabama’s first African-American municipality. She is also the youngest member by 15 years in the Pilot Club of Opelika.

So what does Royston do in her "spare" time? She tells us in the video below: 

Read more about Marian in the "This is Auburn" segment on the Auburn University website.

Last Updated: January 05, 2017