Missouri State University
Austin Elliott

Austin Elliott

A Bear making a huge difference while blazing his own path

Senior Austin Elliott has his own specialized major that caters to passion for non-profit organizations and media production. 

Missouri State University senior Austin Elliott is moving to the beat of his own drum while playing a vital role in the success of some major non-profit organizations in Springfield.

After enrolling at Missouri State, Elliott didn’t know what major to pursue. He tried many different majors that didn’t seem to fit, until he heard he could one of his own.

Elliott decided to put his passion for non-profits and his interest in international studies into a major he created specifically for his career needs. Elliott has an individualized major in media production for non-profit organizations.

“I want to share stories of those who often don’t have a voice of their own,” he said.

Elliott is currently working for the non-profit organization Sole Food by producing videos and putting together pictures for the community to highlight the positive impact this organization has on those it helps and the communities involved. 

Sole Food is a community engagement project that partners with international non-profit organizations to reduce hunger locally and internationally by using donated shoes to create profits used to reduce hunger and provide shoes for needy countries.

Missouri State participated in a shoe drive through Sole Food.

Elliott’s primary duty was to shine a positive light on this organization using media outlets to inform the community of its work and to hopefully bring in more volunteers and donors.

Elliott also completed a six-day internship in Haiti with Convoy of Hope where he hosted local pastors and corporate leaders and showed them media packages such as videos and edited pictures of the positive works Convoy of Hope does for the country of Haiti. 

Elliott and Convoy of Hope understand the importance of letting leaders know the impact such organizations have on their communities, and Elliott is willing to volunteer his time and efforts to shine a positive light on such good works that come from Convoy of Hope.

All of Elliott’s volunteer work has led him to pursue a career that will continue to let him travel a great deal, and he believes he may also be interested in starting his own non-profit organization one day.

“I’ve always tried to put others before myself. And Missouri State has given me some great opportunities to travel the world and learn that there is so much more we can do to volunteer and help others.”