Scott joined IREX in June 2017 and serves as a program coordinator for the US–Iraq Higher Education Partnerships Program, where he manages a portfolio of small grants to strengthen higher education in Iraq.
Prior to joining IREX, Scott helped start Refugee Utility Project (RUP), a small NGO which focuses primarily on the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan. While working with RUP, he lived in Zarqa, Jordan, the most densely populated and polluted city in the country.
Scott first became interested in the Middle East while serving in Afghanistan as a US Navy Corpsman from 2009-2010. He received a bachelor’s degree from William Jessup University, where he participated in a study abroad program in Israel, Jordan, Turkey, and Tunisia. Following his undergraduate degree, Scott moved to the West Bank and received his master’s degree in international cooperation and development from Bethlehem University. While in the West Bank, Scott lived with a local family for two years and studied intensive Arabic in his spare time.