Charity An Abundant Personality Trait For Scott Family
By Space Coast Medicine & Active Living // April 3, 2014
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Ed & Cheryl Scott Fund Creation of Florida Tech’s Scott Center For Autism
When their son Reece was a preschooler in the early 90s, Ed and Cheryl Scott were told their little boy was autistic. “They were handed a pamphlet about autism and sent on their way,” said family friend Colleen Middlebrooks. “They felt so defeated.”
To help parents with the challenges of an autistic child, the Scotts funded the creation of the Scott Center for Autism Treatment, a state-of-the-art research and treatment facility located on the campus of Florida Institute of Technology.
The Scott Center, one of very few facilities of its type, implements the most advanced and empirically supported procedures to treat the spectrum of autism disorders. The Center is also a hub for research on best practices for patients and caregivers.
In conjunction with his support of the Scott Center, Ed Scott funded a chair in psychiatry and two research fellowships at his alma mater, Oxford University, to focus on causes and possible treatments of autism and related disorders. Additionally, he established an Oxford program for students with severe disabilities.
Although the Scott Center for Autism Treatment is very dear to Ed Scott’s heart, it is only one of the many philanthropic projects this former senior United States government official supports around the world.
With Compassion International, Scott has provided his considerable time, talent and treasure to help this faith-based children’s development group aid more than a million children in 23 countries. In 2001, he was the catalyst for the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC, now considered the world’s leading policy global poverty research institution.
In 2007, Scott started and funded the Scott Family Fellows program to assist the president of Liberia with development specialists and trained economists to help reconstruct the war-torn country.
The founder of BEA Systems, one of the largest software companies in the world, Scott devotes his considerable resources for the good of others around the world. He supports several orphanages and child development centers in Central America.
He chairs The Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty and founded Friends of the Global Fight, an organization that has been replicated around the world and that, with the aid of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has provided support to eradicate AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Scott joined forces with Bill Gates and George Soros to create DATA, an advocacy organization dedicated to raising awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and other major health issues threatening Africa. DATA joined forces with ONE, the campaign U2 singer Bone co-founded.
On the local level, Scott serves on the board of trustees at Florida Tech and the King Center for the Performing Arts. His support of Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, one of the most respected schools in Florida, enabled the Melbourne academic institution to build its 1,000-seat Scott Center for Worship and the Performing Arts.
“Charity,” said Conrad Hilton, “is a supreme virtue and the great channel through which the mercy of God is passed on to mankind.”
For Ed Scott, charity is an abundant personality trait.
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