Couples’ Donation Creates Health Science Scholarships

  • Mr. Scott puts his arm around his wife as they smile for a photo taken under a shady tree at the College of Health and Human Development graduation ceremony in May 2019.

    Jack and Danielle Scott attend the College of Health and Human Development graduation ceremony in May 2019. Photo by Jean O'Sullivan.

During his time at CSUN, Jack Scott ’71 (Health Science), M.A. ’73 (Public Health) experienced a strong sense of community and unity within the Department of Health Sciences, which motivated him to complete a Bachelor of Science in health science and a Master of Public Health at the university. Years later he earned a doctoral degree at the University of Northern Colorado.

“I have been blessed with opportunities and good people,” Scott said. “The faculty that I had at CSUN opened up doors for me, and having good mentors allowed me to succeed.”

This spring, Jack Scott and his wife, Danielle Scott, presented CSUN’s College of Health and Human Development with a planned gift valued at approximately $1 million. The couple intend the gift, they said, to enhance the Lennin H. Glass Scholarship Endowment and create four additional endowments for health science student scholarships. With the five endowments, Scott said he hopes to provide a pathway for students to succeed in the health sciences and make a difference in the scientific community.

Inspired by the instrumental teaching of his then-professor, Lennin Glass, Scott established a scholarship endowment in his name shortly after Glass’s son, Steve, created a scholarship to honor his father in 2001.

“He was certainly a role model,” Scott said. “When you’re in a teaching role, which I’ve done a lot, you really have to emulate your best teachers. I would always think about what Dr. Glass would do if he were in my situation.”

While Scott is currently retired, his most recent position was assistant dean of faculty development and curriculum at New York University – Winthrop Hospital. Some of his accomplishments include multiple published peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed journal articles, papers and videos about rural physician practice, continuing education, organizational leadership in higher education, primary care internal medicine, clinical teaching skills and many more topics concerning the medical field.

The gift will be equally distributed between the new endowments, which include: the Jack Scott Scholarship Endowment in the Department of Health Sciences, the Jack Scott Endowed Professional Development Fund in the College of Health and Human Development, the Scott Family Endowment in the Center of Achievement, and the Jack and Danielle Scott Endowment in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health.

The Jack Scott Scholarship Endowment will assist students majoring in health sciences who demonstrate leadership skills and intend to adopt a leadership role in cultivating healthy communities.

The Jack Scott Endowed Professional Development Fund will support faculty efforts to mentor students and establish new curriculum and professional development programs, which will provide the training and exposure necessary to equip students with a modern learning experience.

The Scott Family Endowment will grant scholarships to clients of CSUN’s renowned Center of Achievement through Adapted Physical Activity and the Abbott and Linda Brown Western Center for Adaptive Aquatic Therapy (within the Center of Achievement) on campus. It will cover clients with spinal cord injuries as well as the students assigned to work with them.

The Jack and Danielle Scott Endowment will be geared toward recruiting and attracting students to the health sciences field at the start of their higher education careers. It also will provide funding for laboratories and professional equipment that prepare students for careers in areas such as community environmental health and industrial hygiene.

“The endowments will contribute to student success in leadership, and the health sciences should be No. 1,” Scott said. “No. 2 would be for faculty enrichment, at various levels, and the third level will be providing resources.”

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