Naughtin, who hails from Beechworth, was selected from a shortlist of three candidates.
The scholarship and trophy was presented to him at a ceremony yesterday by the editor of Albury-Wodonga’s Border Mail, Di Thomas.
Photo: John Russel, The Border Mail.
“I applied for the scholarship early this year but I hadn’t actually thought I would get it. It was an amazing surprise when they rang me last week,” said Naughtin.
“There’s an internship attached to it as well, which is really exciting,” he added.
“Now I definitely know what I’ll be doing this summer.”
Naughtin is a third-year Bachelor of Journalism student at La Trobe University. He is upstart’s current sports editor, and he is working as a media assistant for Melbourne Heart.