Paul D. Camp Community College professor and Student Support Services counselor, recently earned a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Leadership for Higher Education from Capella University. She is the third in roughly four months to achieve this honor.
In regard to reaching this educational milestone, Scott said, “First and foremost, I thank God for sustaining me during my doctoral journey. Without Him, I would not have accomplished my dream of earning a Ph.D.
“I am also so appreciative of my mother and family for their love, encouragement, and support, which have been such a blessing to me. To my friends and colleagues who have endured my complaining, frustrations, and my celebrations, I am forever grateful–as I am for my mentors who gave me sound advice, words of wisdom, and kind reinforcement. I am also thankful for my pastor and church family at St. Luke United Church of Christ who constantly kept me in their prayers.”
Scott’s educational background also includes a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Regent University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from St. Paul’s College, and an Associate of Science degree in Secretarial Science from Paul D. Camp Community College. Her dissertation focused on “Retention Strategies for First-Generation Female Community College Students: from the Perspective of Female Administrators Who Were First-Generation College Students.”
She has also served as administrative assistant, financial aid officer, instructor, assistant director, and director at Hampton University, Tidewater Community College, and PDCCC, where she began her college education. Her career in higher education is focused on guiding and helping students attain the education they need to reach their career goals. “I enjoy assisting others in their academic pursuits, especially low-income and first-generation students,” she said.
Scott’s professional development includes affiliations with various local, state, and national organizations. The following are some of these affiliations: member of the Suffolk Literacy Council; member of the Virginia Community Colleges Association (VCCA) and Past Chair of its Black Concerns Commission; member of the Virginia Association of Education Opportunity Personnel Programs (VAEOPP) and Past Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee; Chairperson for the Education Support Committee (Standing Faculty committee); Co-Chair, Student Development Services Peer Group for the Virginia Community College System (VCCS); leadership training, the Virginia Network for the Advancement of Women in Higher Education Administration; Western Tidewater Counselor Association and National Council of Education; and former Advisor for the Omega Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Her honors include recognition in the VCCA Faculty Showcase and recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Education Award at PDCCC.
Scott is a proud native of Southampton County and a graduate of Southampton High School. One of 10 children, she is the daughter of Mary Ann “Hines” Scott and the late Bert L. Scott Sr.