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LSU Alexandria Distinguished Service Award

Released: 05/28/2003

<p> Louisiana State University Alexandria presented it&acute;s highest award to Alexandria attorney John W. "Jock" Scott during the University&acute;s spring commencement exercises recently. Scott received the LSUA Distinguished Service Award which is the highest honor the university bestows upon members of the central Louisiana community. <p></p> Criteria for this award include but are not limited to active participation in efforts to promote the advancement and support of LSUA; recognition as a leader throughout the community, with an interest in the quality of education provided by LSUA; an exemplary record of service to higher education and to the community at large; and contributions of time, talents and/or financial resources to benefit the university. Scott is the eighth individual to receive the award. <p></p> Scott is a graduate of Tulane University where he received his bachelor&acute;s degree. He then earned his Juris Doctor degree from LSU Law School. Because of his deep interest in history, he continued his education and received his master&acute;s and Ph.D. in history from LSU. He currently teaches history at LSU Alexandria. He has also taught at Louisiana College and has been a guest lecturer in the Department of History at LSU. <p></p> "Always interested in American and Louisiana history, Jock helped make history here in central Louisiana by leading the successful campaign for four-year status for LSUA," said Chancellor Robert Cavanaugh. "Serving as chairman of the Friends of LSUA group that was organized to lead the legislative lobbying effort to win the 4-year vote, Scott worked many, many long hours and used his legislative experience to usher Senate Bill 853 through the legislature in May and June of 2001." <p></p> A member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1976 until 1988, Scott served on numerous committees and received National Legislator of the Year honors from the National Republican Legislators Association in 1987. Throughout his tenure, he received several other outstanding legislator awards. <p></p> He continues his involvement with civic and professional organizations such as the Louisiana and American Bar Associations, the American, Southern and Louisiana Historical Associations, the Rapides Arts and Humanities Council, the Alexandria Rotary Club and many, many others. He enjoys writing and has published numerous books and journal articles for various historical publications. <p></p> Scott has been married to the former Cynthia Henderson for 31 years and has three children, Natalie, John and Elizabeth. </p>