WKU Top Scholar and SKYCTC Graduate Austin Hatfield Recognized as Ogden Foundation Scholar.


Austin Hatfield speaking at Western Kentucky University Graduation
Austin Hatfield was recognized as the Ogden
Foundation Scholar. (WKU photo by Bryan Lemon)

(Taken from article in WKU News)

Austin Hatfield, who was recognized as the Ogden Foundation Scholar, also encouraged his fellow graduates to be ready and willing to accept life s challenge to live among one another striving to do what is right.

Hatfield, a Political Science major and Religious Studies minor from Bowling Green, received WKU s top academic honor, which is presented to one graduating baccalaureate degree senior who has demonstrated exceptional academic achievement and outstanding university and civic engagement.

Today we end our formal education but I stand before you today and say let it not be the end of your education but rather the beginning. The beginning of a journey of lifelong learning, Hatfield said. During our time in higher education we have not only learned what is necessary for our degrees but we have learned how to live.


Hatfield, the son of Donna and John Hatfield, is a 2012 graduate of Greenwood High School and a 2014 graduate of Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College. His wife, Lara, also is a WKU student.


Hatfield also was recognized as a scholar of Potter College of Arts amp; Letters. More: View from the Hill segment on the Ogden Scholar recipient.