Eckerd College alumna honored with award

ST. PETERSBURG — Community activist Virginia Scott, Class of 1985, received Eckerd College’s William H. Kadel Alumni Medal for Outstanding Career Achievement during the College’s annual Reunion Weekend earlier this month.

The Kadel Medal is given annually to an alum who has demonstrated a clear commitment to excellence in his or her career, as evidenced by public recognition, achievement, or leadership that positively reflects the College’s vision.

A native of St. Petersburg, Scott received her B.A. in Human Resources from Eckerd College through the Program for Experienced Learners. She turned her passion for working with people into a career focused on juvenile welfare, cultural sensitivity, and training involving those issues in local and state organizations throughout Florida.

Scott is the original co-chair and a planner of the first MLK Candlelight Vigil and Breakfast in St. Petersburg hosted by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Organization, Inc., of which she still serves as president.

She was the first female African-American board member appointed to the original Hospice Care, Inc., in Pinellas County, has been a member of the National Black Child Development Institute of Washington, D.C., for almost 20 years and has received recognition by the Florida Bar Grievance Committee (6D) for Meritorious Public Service.

A married mother of two and grandmother of four, she is a member of the Southern Poverty Law Center of Montgomery, Ala., and an elder of Maximo Presbyterian Church.

Scott received the award during the Alumni Awards Breakfast on Saturday, March 7, in Fox Hall at Eckerd College.

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