Scott is a program coordinator for the Information and Media Practice, where he works on the Securing Access to Free Expression (SAFE) Initiative, specializing in East Africa.
In 2017 Scott joined IREX as a program coordinator for the US-Iraq Higher Education Partnerships Program, where he managed a portfolio of small grants and coordinated partnerships between local industries and career development centers at universities in order to create internship and employment opportunities for recent graduates.
Before joining IREX, Scott co-founded Refugee Utility Project (RUP), a small NGO which focuses on emergency interventions and community-based education services for Syrian refugees and host communities. RUP received William Jessup University’s Global Impact Award in 2017, and has been featured in publications by the Jordan Times, SYRIA:Direct, Business Insider, and Cambridge University’s Varsity. While working with RUP, Scott lived in Zarqa, Jordan, the most densely populated and polluted city in the country.
Scott first became interested in development and international affairs while serving in Afghanistan as a US Navy Corpsman (Medic) from 2009-2010. He received a bachelor’s degree from William Jessup University, and in 2011 won the Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise scholarship award for writing, which helped finance 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.