Jay Scott, staff member of Washington State University Tri-Cities, was named the 2014-15 Southeast Washington Educator of the Year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He received the award from VFW Richland Post 7952 in a Dec. 20 ceremony.
Scott was recognized for his many years of work helping low-income students to realize their dreams of pursuing post-secondary education. He manages the WSU Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, or GEAR UP, at Kamiakin High School in Kennewick.
Scott and other WSU GEAR UP site managers coordinate services for more than 9,000 students in 21 school districts around Eastern Washington. Those services include providing academic tutors, motivational speakers, college visits, career exploration, technology and assistance with college and financial aid applications.
“I am driven to help students and families who don’t have a voice and who need an advocate in their corner,” Scott said. “I am motivated by the happiness I see in my students’ faces when they bring me their college acceptance letters and can’t believe they did it.”