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Senior Application Process to Apply for Order of Augusta

History of Augusta

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The name Augusta holds a traditional significance in the history of West Virginia. 

In 1739, the District of Augusta was created and included lands of Virginia west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, including land of what is now West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois,Michigan, and Wisconsin. In 1745, Augusta became a county and in time became known as the District of West Augusta. 

Following the American Revolution, the state of Virginia divided the large District of West Augusta into Ohio, Monongalia, and Youghiogheny Counties. Even though none of the counties retained Augusta as its name, the history of the once great county was not forgotten. When the West Virginia Constitutional Convention voted on the name for the new state, formed from Virginia, the name Augusta was one of four submitted choices, along with the eventual winner, West Virginia.

Order of Augusta

Established in 1995 to signify the 40th anniversary of the WVU Foundation, the Outstanding Seniors award recognizes students for their contributions and achievements in scholarship, leadership and service. The Order of Autusta further recognizes the students’ superior scholarship, demonstrated leadership and record of community and public service.

WVU Seniors qualified to apply for Outstanding Senior/Order of Augusta may access information and application at

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