As we continue with our Alumni Spotlight project we turn our attention back to the grid iron and speak with 2008 Dickinson Football alumnus Will Scott. Will truly embraced the college experience from playing multiple varsity sports to being the founding member of a fraternity.
Will grew up in the DMV area, Prince George County to be exact, qnd attended Mercersburg Academy, ironically, just down the road from where he would eventually spend his collegiate years. "At Mercersburg I played football, ran track, played a little baseball, and a little bit of this and little bit of that," Will said. "Coach Q [Quattrone] came down for a recruiting visit and knew I was going to Dickinson after that meeting and visit." Will said he had always known about Dickinson being a place that supported the NFL's Washington Football Team growing up, so it just kind of worked itself out."
With the Central PA connection already being there for Will, it was the conversation with Coach Q of how a Dickinson education would fit his long-term goals. "It was the first time a coach had really come and talked to me about all the ways I was going to grow as a student," Will stated. "From the moment I walked on to campus and met the guys and got to experience that atmosphere I knew I was home, I know I was home."
From that first moment he arrived Will took full advantage of the Dickinson experience, getting involved across the campus in a variety of aspects outside of just playing football. He ran track all four years, he was student senator, a member of the Gray Hats, and founded the fraternity Kappa Alpha Si. "The Coaches were really big on doing other things," Will said of Coach Darwin Breaux and Coach Quattrone. "Coach gave us an opportunity to experience college and that was one of the cool things. It wasn't just football. There was an opportunity to be a student, which is amazing because you don't get those years back."
Will talked about how fortunate he was that Dickinson encourages people to get involved and leave their mark on the campus. The fact that he had the ability to start a fraternity is the perfect example of why he believes Dickinson helps cultivate young men and women in their development over four years.
On the field Will helped the Red Devils achieve success, claiming the 2004 and 2006 Centennial Conference Championship. However, it isn't the wins and titles that Will remembers the most, it is the lessons instilled in him by Coach Breaux and the staff. "It was the lessons of how important the game is but in the bigger picture," Will stated. "It's how the sport is meant to help you with challenges and understanding the bigger picture of life." It is all about the effort given, not whether you won or lost, and that's the lesson that's stuck with Will the most.
Off the field Will, who started his career as a Law and Policy major, found an interest in finance after gaining internships on Wall Street through Dickinson connections. Upon graduation he would go on to begin his career on Wall Street through another Dickinson connection, which is why Will feels it is important to give back today. "My career achievements came from networking with Dickinson alumni," Will said. "The best achievements of my life have come through Dickinson. Turning points in my life came from Dickinson and people at Dickinson. For both my wife and I, any opportunity we have to help students out there, we want to do it."
Whether it was on the field, in the classroom, or on the floor of student senate, and even now in his personal and professional life, Will still embraces what it truly means to 'Wear The Red' and why that didn't stop upon graduation. "For me 'Wearin' The Red' is similar to a Latin phrase that I really like, 'Esse Quam Videri' (To be rather than to seem)", stated Will. "Wearin' The Red talks about being, rather than seeming. The whole concept of doing good even when no one is watching you do good. It is a promise that signifies he will deliver on the commitment he has made to you as a person.
Will capped an outstanding career in football with a great senior season, recording 69 tackles and three interceptions, including one for 56 yards. He scooped up a fumble and went 86 yards for a touchdown against Hobart. He recovered a fumble for 55 yards in the NCAA game at Wesley in 2006 after helping to lead the Red Devils to his second conference title. He finished with over 100 career tackles and five interceptions and covered over 100 yards on six kick-off returns in 2005. He joined the 4x400 relay to win a bronze medal at the 2008 Centennial Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships and had four top-20 performances at conferences in the 200 and 400 meters. Indoors, he added a pair of fourth place showings in the 4x200 and 4x400 relays.