Will Braxton Scott (1925-2004)

WillScott1.jpgBorn in Kingsville, TX, Dr. Scott held a variety of jobs, including construction worker, railroad dining car cook, dishwasher, porter, and laborer until his military service. He then performed with various jazz, blues, and gospel groups until 1955 when he formed a jazz trio.

In 1960, he entered Indiana University and earned a bachelor of arts degree (social work major, sociology minor) in 1963, a master of arts in social services in 1964, and an EdD (higher education major, minors in social work and sociology) in 1965. His dissertation focused on race consciousness and the Negro student.

Scott pioneered efforts for improving and/or instituting outstanding social work and sociology programs in a number of schools, including North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Texas Southern University, Clark College and Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University), Grambling University, and Bennett College. His work included achieving CSWE accreditation for each institution.