Photo of Gloria Alston, Justin's mother

Justin Scot Alston

Distinguished Alumnus (posthumous award)

Justin was the embodiment of what it means to be a Runnin’ Bulldog. Justin came to GWU in 1998 after graduating from Southeast Guilford High School in 1996 and spending one year at UNC Greensboro. He lived out the University’s motto, Pro Deo et Humanitate (For God and Humanity), every day. Justin had a servant’s heart and he served God and others in many ways. He was an active member of Southeast Baptist church, and served on the Student Alumni Council, was the Commuter Committee chairman and was involved in many other clubs and activities here at GWU.

Everything that Justin did, he did for others, expecting nothing in return. It is no wonder that Justin’s favorite Bible verse was Colossians 3:17 which says: "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." Justin was recognized for his service in 2002 with WFMY TV’s "Those Who Care Award" that honors outstanding citizens for their volunteer work and community service.

Photo of Justin Scot AlstonEverything Justin did he did with a passion and zeal. He lived life to its fullest. Nowhere was that more evident than in his love of sports. Justin played soccer, baseball, and basketball when he was younger, but when he came to GWU, Justin transitioned into a fan and a coach. In addition to watching his beloved UNC Tar Heels and Runnin’ Bulldogs at every opportunity, Justin’s chief joy was coaching and refereeing intramural games at Gardner-Webb. As with everything he did, Justin put his all into coaching intramurals. He did nothing half way. For example, Justin wore a suit and tie to every basketball game he coached, when others would just wear shorts and a t-shirt. Justin never had a cross word for anyone unless that person was wearing a striped shirt and had just made what Justin felt was a bad call. What stands out the most, however, is that Justin would always have a prayer with the team after the game, win or lose.

After graduating from GWU in 2003 with a degree in Sports Management and Physical Education, Justin pursued his coaching dreams by enrolling at High Point University to obtain a Master’s degree with hopes of coaching basketball at the Division I level. Justin was well on his way to achieving that dream, serving as a volunteer coach at UNC Greensboro, before he passed away on January 17, 2004.

Justin loved GWU. All the people he met while here were family. GWU was much more than a place to earn a diploma. With all that GWU meant to Justin, Justin means as much or more to GWU. His passion for life still echoes on campus, his shouts of encouragement to his players are still heard on the sidelines, and his memory still lives on in the hearts of everyone he touched.

Pictured, top right: Gloria Alston, Justin's mother, was on campus to receive the award on behalf of her late son

Pictured, right: Justin Scot Alston in graduation regalia