Austin is one of the 2012 José Luis Rodriguez Scholarship winners. The scholarship is awarded each year by the Friends of the Lincoln Acres Library.
"I have always been one to go to my local library and read books, check out movies and recommend a good book to those that had no idea what they wanted to read. I am the eldest of my two brothers and I know that they both look up to me to be a positive role model. I have extended by time at the Lincoln Acres Library to get my younger brother Adam, who is seven years old, more interested in attending the library."